Dear Des Moines Elementary Fifth-Grade Parents/Guardians:
A Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) unit that includes HIV/AIDS prevention education is part of an approved health curriculum for the Highline School District. Because this unit covers sensitive topics, it is the district’s policy to provide parents with an opportunity to preview the instructional materials. Parents wishing to excuse their student(s) from this curriculum are required by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) to preview the materials and sign a written notice of excusal. Alternative educational opportunities shall be provided for those students who are excused.
Our 5th-grade sexual health unit will begin on January 22, 2019. If you would like to preview the materials please go to our district’s website at:
https://www.highlineschools.org/departments/curriculum-instruction/health-pe. This district announcement will contain all curriculum, parent letter and waiver form for your review toward the bottom of the webpage in the dropdown for health education under program information. If you do not have a computer available to you, you may use the office family computer to access this information. If you DO NOT wish your child to participate, please review the curriculum, and sign & submit a waiver form before January 22.
We will also be sending an email to all 5th-grade parents that have a current email on file. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher at:
Email: Kelly Meehan