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Parent Information and Exemption from Instruction (Opt-Out) - Elementary Health Curriculum

According to OAR 581-022-1440(2), each school district shall teach age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education, HIV/AIDS and STD prevention in elementary and secondary schools.

Back To School Night Information

Health Educators will be expected to provide a detailed overview to families regarding their Health Curriculum as part of a Back to School Night presentation or a separate Health Night.  In all areas, parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teachers.  Parents, guardians and schools share a common goal: we want students of all ages to be healthy in all aspects of their lives.  As Health Educators we want to encourage families to ask their child what they are learning in health education class in all lessons, not only those relating to sexual health.  We also want to provide families with information, strategies, and resources to support their child in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Parent/Guardian Notification & Materials Preview (BSD School Board Policy IGAI-AR)

Parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teachers and as such, can choose to opt their student(s) out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education.  Families considering this option may do so with or without previewing the materials. 

A school-wide Parent/Guardian Notification Letter regarding elementary health instruction will be sent out by your school administrator each year in the fall. In addition to this communication, teachers will send notification to parents prior to instruction in human sexuality and sexual abuse prevention education.

The materials preview process is as follows:

  1. Parent/guardian must submit a Request to Preview Materials (available in the school office or online). 
  2. Once complete, turn form into the administrative assistant at the child’s school in order to schedule a time to preview materials.
  3. The school will provide the materials for preview at the agreed upon scheduled time.
  4. After previewing materials, if a parent would like to excuse their child from specific lessons, follow the Opt-Out Process below.

Parents must be informed in advance of all guest speakers on potentially controversial issues and an opportunity must be provided to opt their child out of the presentation.

Exemption from Instruction (Opting-Out)

According to Oregon Law (OAR Rule 581-022-1440), parents can opt their children out of any or all sexuality education components. However, parents cannot opt their children out of the entire health curriculum without written documentation of a religious or disability-related reason.

The Exemption from Instruction (opt-out) process is as follows:

  • After previewing materials, if a parent/guardian would like to excuse their child from instruction, complete and submit the Exemption from Instruction (opt-out) form to the administrative assistant (available in the school office or online).

Plan for alternative instruction:

  • If a student is opted-out of a portion of the instruction, the teacher is responsible for ensuring that appropriate alternative materials are available for the student. The alternative materials will be noted in the grade level scope & sequence available online or in the school office.
  • If a student is opted out of the entire curriculum, the parent/guardian is responsible for providing alternative instruction that complies with the health education standards (OAR Rule 581-021-0009).