FAMILY LIFE/SEX EDUCATION
The Board believes that the schools should provide information
about family life and sex education in order to help students acquire factual
knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will result in behavior that contributes
to the well being of the individual, the family, and society.
Parents have the prime responsibility to assist their children in
developing moral values. The school should support and supplement parental
efforts to provide a mature and responsible attitude toward human sexuality by
offering students factual information and opportunities to discuss the moral
and practical concerns, issues and attitudes inherent in family life and sexual
The district shall teach about family life and sex education in
regular courses on anatomy, physiology, health, consumer and family studies,
and science. If a separate family life or sex education program is developed,
it shall be a non-required course. Any planned curriculum that includes
instruction concerning human sexuality shall be based on scientifically-researched
content standards in accordance with state law.
In addition to the requirements listed below, the customary
policies and regulations concerning the approval of new curriculum content,
units and materials shall apply to any course(s) dealing with family life and
sex education offered by the district.
1. The basic curriculum and instructional materials to be used in
the family life/sex education program shall be available for inspection during
school hours upon request by any member of the public. A forum to receive
comments from the public concerning the basic curriculum and instructional
materials used in the family life/sex education program shall be scheduled
prior to Board adoption.
2. Parents/Guardians of all students shall be notified in writing
prior to the student’s involvement in a family life/sex education unit of
instruction. The notice to parents/guardians shall include a detailed,
substantive outline of the topics to be presented in the portion of the planned
curriculum that concerns family life/sex education. If the request for the
exemption is from a specific portion of the family life/sex education
curriculum that concerns human sexuality, no reason must be given by the
parent/guardian when requesting an exemption.
3. Students for whom parents/guardians have submitted a signed
exemption form shall be excluded from involvement in those portions of the
family life/sex education curriculum specified by parents/guardians. If a
student is granted an exemption, an alternative educational assignment shall be
4. Each school shall give parents/guardians so requesting an
opportunity to review the materials to be used and participate in a conference
with the instructor and principal in order to assist the parent/guardian in
determining whether to request an exemption for the student from a specific
portion of the planned instruction.
5. Teachers may invite community-based speakers to enhance the
health education curriculum by presenting timely and appropriate information on
topics covered in the learning materials. Such speakers must be approved in
advance by a committee of health educators and district administrators and will
be listed in the health teachers’ resource guide. The guide will be updated
regularly. It shall be the responsibility of the health teacher to prepare the
students for, and follow up on, presentations by community-based speakers.
6. Teachers who provide instruction in family life/sex education
shall have professional preparation in
the subject area, either preservice or in-service.
January 21, 2020
February 18, 2020
Adopted: March 24,
Refs: C.R.S. 22-1-110.5 (education regarding human sexuality)
C.R.S. 22-25-106 (4) (local comprehensive health education
programs) C.R.S. 22-25-110 (2)(b) (exemption procedure required) 20 U.S.C. 7906
(No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)
Refs: IGA, Curriculum Development
IGD, Curriculum Adoption IHAM, Health Education KEC, Public
Complaints about the Curriculum or Instructional Materials
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