Positivity Prevention Plus (P3)/Family Life Parent Notification Letter (Passive Consent)
Dear Parent/Guardian: The Folsom Cordova Unified School District offers a course of study on Sexual Health for 7 th graders. This year only, 8th graders will also be receiving this course. This course topic addresses many of the health issues students face, or will face, in their lifetime.
This Sexual Health course is guided by several state laws including teaching that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only 100% effective protection against unwanted teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually. Sexual Health instruction content is required by Education Code 51933. We will be using Positive Prevention PLUS materials for this unit, which begins on April 22 nd , 2021.
It is required that parents or guardians be notified prior to instruction. If you would like to preview the curriculum, you can attend a virtual meeting on April 13, 2021 at 7pm - 8pm or April 14, 2021 at noon - 1pm. Please RSVP with Amy Kraft by emailing her at email@example.com, by April 9, 2021 if you are interested in attending one of these meetings. Please include which meeting you plan to attend. Thank you.
Due to the sensitivity of this topic, please remind your student that recording classes without prior permission is strictly forbidden. If your student is distance learning, please ensure your student is able to attend these classes in a space that is private from younger siblings.
Parents/guardians must request in writing by emailing their student’s science teacher by Monday, April 19, 2021 to request their child not participate in the instruction if choosing to opt out their student from this unit. Please include your student’s period number. If the parent/guardian does not request in writing that the child be withheld, the child will automatically be included to attend the instruction (passive consent).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student’s participation in this unit, please contact your student’s science teacher via email. Thank you.
Below is an outline of the lessons and objectives that will be covered during this unit:
- Creating group agreements/norms and setting ground rules
- Identify facts related to teen sexual health and ways to improve teen sexual health
Lesson 1: Understanding Change
- Typical male & female sexual development during (physical & psychological changes)
- Define and discuss the terms associated with gender and sexuality
Lesson 2: Exploring Friendships
- Differentiating between Liking or Loving something or someone.
- Identify and describe opportunities for building and assessing quality friendships
Lesson 3: Bullying and Relationship Abuse
- Commit to end bullying and inappropriate sexual behavior
- Identify risky sex-related behaviors such as sexting, and making sexual advances without permission
- Identify ways to protect themselves including internet safety and how to respond to inappropriate sexual behavior or bullying
Lesson 4: Human Trafficking
- Define human trafficking, including sex-trafficking
- Identify common victims of human trafficking, warning signs of human trafficking
- Identify resources for reporting and escaping human trafficking.
Lesson 5: Preventing an Unplanned Pregnancy (This lesson will be taught by our School Nurse)
- Identify reasons for family planning
- Describe a range of contraceptive methods, their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Identify community family planning and contraception services
- Identify the benefits of delayed sexual activity
Lesson 6: Teen Pregnancy (Choices and Responsibilities)
- Identify the components of prenatal care and responsible parenting
- Identify key components of your state’s Safe Surrender Law or Safe Haven Law, including how to safely surrender a newborn child
- Describe the key components of adoption and abortion
- Discuss how to make an important decision
Lesson 7: Myths and Stereotypes about HIV
- Describe the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals and their family life
- Identify myths or stereotypes regarding persons infected with HIV
- Express concern for persons with disabilities or illness, including those infected with HIV
Lesson 8: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic • Describe the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- Describe the effectiveness of ART and PrEP in the prevention and treatment of an HIV infection
- Identify the fluids and body routes for HIV transmission
- Identify behaviors that will and will not put a person at risk for HIV transmission
Lesson 9: Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- Identify and describe common STIs and their symptoms
- Describe ways that STIs can be transmitted
- Identify community resources for STI testing and treatment
Lesson 10: Recognizing and Reducing Risks
- Identify situations that put people at risk for HIV
- Identify abstinence as the only 100% effective method to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, HIV or STIs
- Describe the use of Universal Precautions to reduce HIV/STI transmission
- Identify things that weaken a latex condom’s ability to prevent HIV/STI transmission
Lesson 11: Media and Peer Pressure
- Identify pressures from peers, media, or society to engage in high risk behaviors
- Recognize that not all students participate in high risk behaviors
- Demonstrate skills to refuse/avoid the pressure to engage in high risk behaviors
Lesson 12: HIV/STI Testing and Community Resources
- Describe how an HIV infection can spread through a population
- Identify resources for HIV/STI testing, counseling, and information
Lesson 13: Goal-Setting
- Identify personal goals, including steps for achieving these goals
- Describe how an unplanned pregnancy or HIV infection would change personal goals and life plans, including measures to avoid an unplanned pregnancy and HIV infection
- Identify ways they will protect their sexual health Lessons related to human reproductive anatomy will also be taught.
*Due to the hybrid schedule, some lessons will be combined, some will be taught synchronously, and some asynchronously.