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Students in grade levels one through twelve will receive, as part of their health education, instruction about personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; human growth and development; substance abuse and non-use, including the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and poisons on the human body; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; interpersonal relationships; emotional and social health; health resources; prevention and control of disease; and communicable diseases. The purpose of the health education program is to help each student protect, improve and maintain physical, emotional and social well-being.

The areas stated above are included in health education and the instruction are adapted at each grade level to aid understanding by the students.

Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from the instruction. The written request will include a proposed alternate activity or study acceptable to the superintendent. The superintendent will have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:

Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8; .80; 280.3-.14.
281 I.A.C. 12.5.

Cross Reference:

502 Student Rights and Responsibilities
603 Instructional Curriculum
607 Instructional Services

Approved: July 1, 1989

Reviewed: May 6, 2024

Revised: August 7, 2023