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.”
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."