Family Life Education
The Family Life Education (FLE) program is implemented as mandated by the Virginia State Board of Education. The curriculum guidelines shall include instruction as appropriate for the age of the student in family living and community relationships, abstinence education, the value of postponing sexual activity, the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, human sexuality, human reproduction, steps to take to avoid sexual assault, and the availability of counseling and legal resources, and, in the event of such sexual assault, the importance of immediate medical attention and advice, as well as the requirements of the law and the etiology, prevention and effects of sexually transmitted diseases.
All such instruction shall be designed to promote parental involvement, foster positive self concepts and provide mechanisms for coping with peer pressure and the stresses of modern living according to the students’ developmental stages and abilities. The Board shall also establish requirements for appropriate training for teachers of family life education, which shall include training in instructional elements to support the various curriculum components.
The Family Life Education Program is currently advised by the Suffolk Health Advisory Board. This board is composed of members of the Western Tidewater Health Department, Suffolk Public Schools Administrators, school nurses, concerned community professionals, parents, and students. The board functions as a liaison from the schools and community to the FLE administrator.
Parents and guardians have the right to review all written and audiovisual educational materials used in the program and also have the right to remove the child from all or part of family life education instruction through the Family Life Opt-Out Procedure. The curriculum is accessible to parents and is located in the principal’s office and library of each school.
Self-contained kindergarten, 1st grade, and science/health teachers in grades K-3 will teach Family Life objectives. Topics marked with a (+) will be taught by the Physical Education teachers.
Grades 4 & 5
Science/Health and Physical Education teachers in grades 4 and 5 will teach Family Life objectives. Topics marked with an asterisk (*) will be taught by the Physical Education teacher in gender-separated classes.
Health and Physical Education teachers will teach the Family Life program during their health instructional period. Topics marked with an asterisk (*) will be taught by the Physical Education teacher in gender-separated classes for grades six, seven and eight.
Grades 9 & 10
Health and Physical Education teachers will teach the Family Life program during their health instructional period in gender mixed classes.
Grades 11 & 12
Family Life Education is taught during health and physical education at the high school level. Students in the eleventh and twelfth grade have fulfilled their physical education requirements; therefore, they are not involved in health classes. The Family Life curriculum objectives for juniors and seniors are met during the school year by trained staff members or by outside presenters during assemblies.
The amount and type of participation in Family Life instruction is determined individually by the student’s IEP team.
FAMILY LIFE OPT OUT PROCEDURE
Parents have the option to withdraw their child from any part or all of the Family Life Education Program through an opt-out procedure. An opt-out form is available at each of the Suffolk Public Schools. If one elects to opt his/her child out of the program, it will be necessary to follow these guidelines:
- Review the Family Life Education Program (available in the office and library of each school).
- Complete the opt-out form, available at the child’s school, listing the objectives from which the child will be opted out.
- Return the completed opt out form with parent signature to the school.
THE STUDENT WHO IS OPTED OUT WILL RECEIVE REINFORCEMENT OR ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE GRADED AND BECOME PART OF THE STUDENT’S HEALTH GRADE.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Douglas Dohey, Chief of Opertaions, by calling the Suffolk School Board Office at 925-6750 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, or call the school where your child is attending.