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Important information for parents of 5th graders

FLASH & HIV/AIDS Curriculum Information sessions scheduled in January for Apollo, Cascade Ridge, Challenger, Clark, Discovery, Endeavour, Newcastle, Sunny Hills, and Sunset

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Your child’s teacher will be teaching the district adopted FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) and HIV/AIDS curriculum during this school year between Feb. 12 and May 20. To allow you an opportunity to examine the instructional materials and view the videos that may be used, there will be two public viewings of the materials at Issaquah Valley Elementary Multi-Purpose Room on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 10, 2013: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12, 2013: 9:00–11:00 a.m.

At the appointed time there will be an informal presentation with viewing of video(s). Curriculum staff and a teacher will be available to answer your questions. 

FLASH Instruction:
Under the Federal Hatch Amendment of 1974, all sexual education instructional materials must be available for parent inspection. Parents have the right to exempt their child from sexual education instruction at any time. The public viewings provide a centralized opportunity to do so.

HIV/AIDS Instruction:
In recognition of the significant threat that the HIV/AIDS virus presents to the health of the people of our nation, the Washington state legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill in 1988. This law directs local school districts to provide yearly instruction to students in grades 5-12 about the pathology and prevention of the HIV/AIDS virus. This is the twenty first year of such instruction.

It is not necessary for parents to attend a public review session if they do not intend to exempt their children from HIV/AIDS instruction. The Washington State Omnibus AIDS law requires a parent to attend a public viewing session and review the materials before such an exemption may be requested or granted. Being familiar with the curriculum will enhance your ability to talk with your children about this serious health threat.

Questions?   Contact Nancy Stewart at 425.837.7147 or stewartn2@issaquah.wednet.edu.

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