FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION
Parent Informational Slide Presentation
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 Physical Education teachers, school Nurses, concerned Community Professionals, Parents, and Students. The board functions as a liaison from the schools and community to the FLE administrator.
Parents/Guardian Right to View Material
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 each school building.
The amount and type of participation in Family Life instruction is determined individually by the student's IEP team.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Maria Lawson-Davenport, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, by calling the School Administrative Offices 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.