Sexual Health and Wellness

  • ​​​​​​​Our students’ sexual health is an important part of their social and emotional well-being, overall health and wellness, as well as an indicator of a students’ overall academic achievement. Click on the images below for resources and more information.

    Curriculum   Obervances   Training Modules   Video Gallery

  • Data & Surveys

    Quality data guides all the best resources and service provision. Being data driven helps to shape every step DPI takes in our prevention and intervention efforts. There are numerous data sources that can provide you more information on this topic – just go to our Data & Surveys page

    A specific data source DPI facilitates is the YRBS (view the 2015 Broward Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Report) and the BCPS Youth Health and Climate Questionnaire. This questionnaire was completed by 11,681 students at seven Broward County High Schools in December 2014, and follow up questionnaires were administered in December, 2016, and during the 2017-18 school year. The questionnaire was developed in partnership between BCPS, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), and ICF International. The questionnaire was part of the evaluation process of the BCPS Adolescent Sexual Minority Male Sexual Health Project. Click on the links below to learn more:

    Below is a summary of the questionnaire results for all 7 schools as well as results for each high school (Deerfield Beach, Flanagan, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood Hills, McArthur, Northeast and South Plantation.) To view school results, click on the image:

    Summary Report Climate Results      

            

  • Frequently Asked Questions about HIV

    Many of us have questions about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS, or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

    Learn more about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

  • Parent Information

    Broward County Public Schools Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department prides itself in partnering with parents, in a mutual effort, to keep our students safe so they may achieve academic success. Family Life and Human Sexuality can be a very sensitive topic.

    Statistics show that about one in four sexually active teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease each year. The goal of our department is to educate and empower students through accurate and effective prevention strategies to combat this epidemic. The Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department recognizes that its efforts cannot succeed without the involvement of parents; therefore, we aim to encourage, educate, support and provide parents with the necessary resources to address the issues of sexuality.

    Not only can family life and human sexuality be a sensitive topic for some families, but discussions around HIV can also be tough for parents, guardians, and caregivers to discuss with their children. However it is imperative that all families have these discussions. Help keep your kids safe. It’s never too early or too late to engage them in conversations about ways to stay healthy. To learn more about our curriculum and to find out how to discuss sensitive topics, please go to Curriculum and Parent Toolkit

    TV Sexual Health

  • Policy

    It is essential that a universal comprehensive sexual health curriculum that follows the National Sexuality Education Standards be in place in order to make certain every student receives the same quality information necessary to support their education and live a healthy life.

    Broward County Public Schools respects the rights of parents and their role in presenting information in this delicate and sensitive area.  According to Florida State Statute 1003.42, Section 3:  “Any student whose parent makes written request to the school principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development and treatment.  A student so exempted may not be penalized by reason of that exemption.”

    National Sexuality Education Standards

    School Board Policy 5012 Treatment of Students and Employees With Communicable Diseases and Conditions

    Policy 6000.1: Pupil Progression Plan

    Broward County Public Schools Family Life and Human Sexuality Policy 5315 (Adopted May 2014)

    The School Board of Broward County, Florida is committed to protecting the health of all of its students by providing comprehensive sexual health education that promotes healthy attitudes concerning growth and development, body image, gender and sexuality, dating, relationships and family. The School Board believes comprehensive sexual health education provides our youth with the information, skills and support they need to develop positive values and make healthy decisions.

    It is essential that a universal comprehensive sexual health curriculum that follows The National Sexuality Education Standards be in place in order to make certain every student receives the same quality information necessary to support their education and live a healthy life. This policy is intended to ensure The School Board of Broward County, herein referred To as SBBC, offers students comprehensive sexual health education. This policy reflects SBBC’s commitment to provide all students from kindergarten through twelfth grade with sexual health education.

    It is designed to ensure every school has staff that has been trained and is supported in their school’s effort to provide students with sexual health education that is comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-informed. In accordance with SBBC policy 4001.1, this Policy supports an “environment free of discrimination and harassment based upon age, race, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national Origin, sex or sexual orientation.”

    Confidentiality 

     

  • Resources & Links

    AIDS.gov 

    AIDSVu.org: is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. Also, provides many resources and connects people to local agencies to get HIV testing.

    Broward > AIDS

    CDC’s NBHADD

    Find a testing site near you

    FREE Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention.

    HealthTeacher.com: interactive products are used by teachers, parents, and kids to address important youth health issues, including physical activity, nutrition, and social and emotional well-being.

    HIV Surveillance Report

    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    White House Office of National AIDS Policy

     

  • Sexual Health Guide - Talk About It!

    Sexual Health - Talk About It!

  • Student Information

    Being a teenager is complicated enough today. Add to that, a world with information that may be confusing or inaccurate and is instantly available, makes getting the right answers to your questions challenging.

    Talking about HIV/AIDS with adults can make you even more uncomfortable. That is why we have created this area specifically for our youth, as a place to come to where you can get honest, accurate and informative answers to questions that you may feel uneasy asking an adult.

    You should never be afraid to discuss HIV/AIDS or STIs, or seek out the resources you need to better prepare yourself for living in a world with or preventing the spread of STIs.

    Take our quiz and test your knowledge on HIV/AIDS prevention.

  • Youth Resource Guide

    Youth Health Resource Guide  Youth Resource Guide

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