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Family Life And Sexual Health (FLASH)

FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) is the district-adopted sexual health curriculum that is consistent with the Washington Department of Health and the OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention.

Issaquah provides a sexual health component to health studies to facilitate the skills students need to be healthy youth and adults. FLASH is the adopted sexual health curriculum of the Issaquah School District for grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10.

When schools provide sexual health instruction it must be:

  • Medically and scientifically accurate
  • Age appropriate
  • Appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status or sexual orientation
  • Consistent with the OSPI Guidelines for Sexual Health and Disease Prevention

What is FLASH?

FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health) is a set of comprehensive sexuality education curricula developed by the Seattle and King County, Washington Public Health. The curricula are designed for students in grades 5 through 12 and divided by grade level into three separate curricula: 4/5/6 FLASH, 7/8 FLASH, and High School FLASH. There is also a version for special education students ages 11-21 in self-contained classes. Each curriculum contains approximately 20 lessons. FLASH promotes a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the lifespan, focusing on the needs of public schools. The curricula, in developmentally appropriate lessons, focus is on abstinence while also providing information on the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. Lessons cover such topics as human growth and development, sexual health, risk behavior and social factors associated with HIV/AIDS, interpersonal relationships, body image, gender roles, and sexual orientation.

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. These dates are published on the Issaquah School district website and are communicated by each school.

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.

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.

Questions?

Contact your student's teacher or the Health and Fitness Support Specialist, Kris Coleman at 425-837-7123 or e-mail him at colemank@issaquah.wednet.edu