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609 – Health Education

Content. Students in grades prekindergarten through twelve shall receive health education instruction. Instruction shall include the following areas as appropriate for the students’ ages: personal health, food and nutrition, environmental health, safety and survival skills, consumer health, family life, human growth and development, substance abuse and nonuse, emotional and social health, health resources, prevention and control of disease and the characteristics of communicable diseases, including of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, domestic abuse, crucial health issues, human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, and interpersonal relationships. Beginning no later than in middle school, characteristics and prevention of communicable diseases shall include information about sexually-transmitted diseases.

Notice. The administration shall annually provide parents and guardians with information about the human growth and development curriculum used in their child’s grade level, the procedure for inspecting the instructional materials prior to their use, and of the parents’ rights to request that their child be excused from the instruction.

Excused. A student shall not be required to take instruction in human growth and development if the student’s parent or guardian files a written request with the principal that the student be excused from the instruction. The student may be required to complete an alternative assignment.

Date of Revision: April 15, 2013

Legal References: 256.11, 279.50, 280.3, 280.7, 280.9B, 280.10, 280.11, 280.14, 280.17, 280.28, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.2, 12.5


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