The Board is committed to a comprehensive health education and health service program as an integral part of each student's general education. The health education program should emphasize a contemporary approach to health information and the skills and knowledge necessary for students to understand and appreciate the functioning and proper care of the human body.
In addition, the student shall be presented with information regarding complex social, physical and mental health problems which will be encountered in society. In health education, students should examine the potential health hazards of social, physical and mental situations which exist in the broad school-community environment and learn to make intelligent, viable choices on alternatives of serious personal consequence.
The Board believes that the greatest opportunity for effective health education lies within the public schools because of the opportunity to reach almost all children at an age where positive, lifelong health habits may be engendered and the availability of qualified personnel to conduct health education programs and health services. Good health is a dynamic, not a static, quality and therefore depends upon continuous, lifelong attention to scientific advances and acquisition of new knowledge.
In addition to the requirements listed below, the customary policies and regulations concerning the approval of new curriculum content, units and materials shall apply to any comprehensive health education courses offered by the district:
1. Instructional materials to be used in comprehensive health education courses
shall be available for inspection by the public during school hours. A public
forum shall be scheduled to receive public comments.
2. Parents/guardians of all students shall be notified that such courses have been
scheduled and that they may request that their child be exempt from a specific
portion of the program on the grounds that it is contrary to their religious beliefs.
3. The Board shall approve an exemption procedure. If a student is granted an
exemption, an alternate educational assignment shall be arranged.
4. Teachers who provide instruction in comprehensive health education shall have
professional preparation in the subject area, either at the pre-service or in-service
LEGAL REFS.: C.R.S. 22-25-106 (4)
C.R.S. 22-25-110 (2)
CROSS REFS.: IGA, Curriculum Development
IGD, Curriculum Adoption
IHACA*, Law-Related Education
JLC, Student Health Services and Requirements, and subcodes
Note: The Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1990 was amended with SB186 in 2000. Specifically, C.R.S. 22-25-104(6) was amended to read:
Any curriculum and materials developed and used in teaching sexuality and human reproduction shall include values and responsibility and shall give primary emphasis to abstinence by school-aged children. School officials shall receive prior written approval from a parent or guardian before his or her child may participate in any program discussing or teaching sexuality and human reproduction. Parents must receive, with the written permission slip, an overview of the topics and materials to be presented in the curriculum.
This amendment applies only to the programs funded through state grants dollars for Comprehensive Health Education. Therefore, if a funded program uses grant money to teach sex education, prior written approval from a parent or guardian is required. The written permission slip must be accompanied by an overview of the topics and materials to be presented in the curriculum.
Prior written approval is not required for other classes addressing
human reproduction such as biology or science unless such classes are part
of a Comprehensive Health Education program.
Monte Vista School District No. C-8, Monte Vista, Colorado