Policy 2126HIV-AIDS Prevention Education
The life-threatening dangers of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) and its prevention will be taught in the district. HIV/AIDS prevention education will be limited to the discussion of the life-threatening dangers of the disease, its transmission, and prevention. Students will receive such education at least once each school year beginning no later than the fifth grade.
The HIV/AIDS prevention education program will be developed in consultation with teachers, administrators, parents, and other community members including, but not limited to, persons from medical, public health, and mental health organizations and agencies. The curricula and materials used in the HIV/AIDS education program may be the model curricula and resources available through OSPI or, if developed by the school district, be approved for medical accuracy by the the State Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Services (Office on AIDS). District-developed curricula will be submitted to the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Services accompanied by an affidavit of medical accuracy stating that the material in the district-developed curricula has been compared to the model curricula for medical accuracy and that in the opinion of the district, the district-developed materials are medically accurate. Upon submission of the affidavit and curricula, the district may use these materials until the approval procedure to be conducted by the office of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education Services has been completed.
At least one month before teaching HIV/AIDS prevention education in any classroom, the district will conduct at least one presentation concerning the curricula and materials that will be used for such education. The presentation will be held during evening hours for the benefit of parents and guardians of students. The parents and guardians will be notified of the presentation and that the curricula and materials will be available for inspection. No student may be required to participate in HIV/AIDS prevention education if the student’s parent or guardian, having attended one of the district presentations (per RCW 28A.230.070), objects in writing to participation. The district will make the appropriate opt-out form available and will grant all such requests. Excused students will be provided with appropriate alternative education opportunities.
The curriculum for HIV/AIDS prevention education will be designed to teach students which behaviors place a person dangerously at risk of infection of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and methods to avoid such risk including, at least:
- The dangers of drug abuse, especially the use of hypodermic needles; and
- The dangers of sexual intercourse, with or without condoms.
The program of HIV/AIDS prevention education will stress the life-threatening dangers of contracting HIV/AIDS and will stress that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain means for the preventing the transmission of HIV through sexual contact. The instruction will also stress that condoms and other artificial means of birth control are not a certain means of preventing the transmission of HIV and reliance on condoms puts an individual at risk for exposure to the disease.
Cross References: 3414 Infectious Diseases
2125 Social Emotional Learning and Sexual Health Education
RCW 28A.230.070 AIDS Education in public schools —Limitations — Program adoption — Model curricula — Student’s exclusion from participation
RCW 28A.300.475 Medically accurate sexual health education — Curricula — Participation excused — Parental review
RCW 70.24.250 Office on AIDS — Repository and clearinghouse for AIDS education and training material — University of Washington duties
Policy News, December 2008 HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
La Center School District
Adopted: June 26th, 2007
Revised: June 28, 2022