Health Education

Health and Sex Education

Parental Notification Relative to Sex Education

In accordance with General Laws Chapter 71, Section 32A, the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee has adopted this policy on the rights of parents and guardians of our students in relation to curriculum that primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues.

At the beginning of each school year, all parents/guardians of students in our schools will be notified in writing of the courses and curriculum we offer that primarily involve human sexual education or human sexuality issues for the school in which their child/ward is in attendance.

Each such notice to parents/guardians will include a brief description of the curriculum covered by this policy, if any are necessary, and will inform parents/guardians that they may:

• Inspect and review program instructional materials for these curricula.

• Instructional materials for these curricula.

• Arrange with the principal to review the materials at the school, or may arrange to review them with the Superintendent of Schools.

• Exempt their child from any portion of the curriculum that primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues, without penalty to the student, by sending a letter to the school principal requesting an exemption.  Any student who is exempted by request of the parent/guardian under this policy will be given an alternative assignment.

Decisions as to the applicability of curricula under this policy shall be decided in conformance with Policy 5520 of the Central Berkshire Regional School Committee.

Any parent/guardian who is still dissatisfied after the process described in Policy 5520 may send a written request to the Commissioner of Education for review of the issue.

The Superintendent of Schools will distribute a copy of this policy to each principal by September 1st of each year.

PROCEDURES TO BE USED:

1. Each year the Superintendent of Schools will send a copy of the policy and these procedures to each building principal, or program director in the case of such program. Said principals or directors shall be responsible for implementation of said policy.

2. Each principal or director shall have a brief but specific description prepared for parents/guardians of each curricula in his building applicable to this policy. In the event that a specific course is problematical to this policy, the principal or director shall discuss the appropriateness of the curricula to the policy with the Superintendent of Schools for the applicability of the curricula to this policy.

3. If there is a curriculum change during the school year, to the extent practicable, the parents/guardians will be notified of this fact in a timely manner before implementation.

4. Parents/guardians of students who enroll in school after the start of the school year will be given the written notice at the time of enrollment. This responsibility shall be either the school principal or his designee.

5. A parent/guardian who is dissatisfied with a decision of the principal concerning notice, access to instructional materials, or exemption for the student under this policy may request of the Superintendent a review of the issue.  The Superintendent shall follow the procedures set out in Policy 5520 for determination of the matter.

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