Human Growth and Development

Reproductive Health and Disease Prevention

The School District of Palm Beach County supports the comprehensive sexuality education model whereby sexual abstinence is promoted [per FL State Statute 1003.42(2)(n) and 1003.46)] as the most effective protection against unplanned pregnancies and STIs, including HIV/AIDS. In addition, comprehensive sexual education also recognizes the realities of sexuality and behavior among adolescents and addresses issues relating to contraception and STI prevention, including HIV/AIDS prevention. This approach has been shown in the research to be the most effective approach to sexuality education. In addition, all curriculum aligns with state mandates and course standards for teaching sexual health education that is evidence-based, medically accurate, and age-appropriate.

Parents are able to exempt their child(ren) from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS (per FL State Statute 1003.42(3) and 1003.46). The School District of Palm Beach County's parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) who wish to exempt their child(ren) from participating in reproductive health and disease instruction, including instruction relating to HIV/AIDS, can make a written request to their child's school principal. Visit your child's school's website for principal contact information. A permission form will also be sent home prior to instruction.

The School District of Palm Beach County's parent(s) and/or caregiver(s) can access and view the instructional materials used in The School District of Palm Beach County's Reproductive Health and Disease (Human Growth & Development) curriculum via the Quick Links menu.

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