Sex Education in Public Schools
In June of 2004, Public Acts 165 and 166 modified Michigan laws related to sex education in public schools. Public Acts 165 and 166 outline the planning, training, and implementation mandates for HIV/AIDS and sex education.
Public Acts 165 and 166 provide students information about dangerous communicable diseases, including but not limited to, HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS education must be offered at least once a year at every building level (elementary, middle, and high), and each person who teaches K-12 pupils about HIV/AIDS shall have training in HIV and AIDS education.
The Sex Education Advisory Board membership is comprised of 18 members. The board is co-chaired by a parent and a school employee. By law, half of the members are required to be parents and community members, including clergy, health care professionals, and health education professionals. The remaining members are principals and classroom teachers. Meetings are scheduled as needed when changes in the approved curriculum are required.
The Haslett Sex Education Advisory Board Selection Process
The role and responsibilities of the Advisory Board are to:
- Establish program goals and objectives for pupil knowledge and skills that are likely to reduce the rates of sex, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases
- At least once every two years, evaluate, measure, and report the attainment of program goals and objectives. The board of a school district shall make the resulting report available to parents in the school district.
Goals, Objectives and Curriculum:
The Haslett Public School Sex Education Advisory Board and the Haslett Board of Education have approved the following goals and objectives for the K-12 program of instruction in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and sex education. The goals and objectives are aligned with state laws, the State Board of Education Policy to Promote Health and Prevent Disease and Pregnancy (2003), and the Grade Level Content Expectations, as well as the Michigan Merit Curriculum Credit Guidelines for Health Education, recently adopted by the Michigan Board of Education (2007).
The Haslet Board of Education recognizes the importance of instruction in sex education as a part of a comprehensive education. The Board affirms the role of the school in presenting accurate information, dispelling existing myths, and providing guidance to students in decisions relative to sexuality. It shall also act in a responsible manner to present accurate information relating to current issues of reproductive health. The Board supports the role of the family unit as the primary source of guidance. The sex education program shall be taught using a uniform curriculum approved by the Haslett Sex Education Advisory Board and taught by specially certified instructors and shall actively promote communication and understanding between parents or guardians, students and the schools.
At the end of the K-12 HIV/STD and sex education program of instruction, students will be able to:
- Analyze characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Evaluate positive and negative influences on sexual decisions
- Evaluate the possible emotional, physical, and legal consequences of early sexual activity
- Accurately assess their risks for HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy
- Demonstrate effective skills for avoiding or escaping risky sexual situations
- Communicate with parents and other trusted adults regarding reproductive health, relationships, and sexual decisions
- Seek additional information, support, and services, as needed
All parents are notified prior to presentation of HIV/AIDS and Sex Education in grades K-9. A parent letter is sent home inviting parents to attend an information night and/or an opportunity to preview the curriculum materials. Parents wishing to excuse their child from participation in the Sex Education/Health classes are requested to send a written notice to their child's teacher prior to the beginning of instruction.