Family Life Education

Community Review 2015-2016

School Board approval of 2014-2015 FLECAC recommendations at the June 25, 2016 meeting included lesson objectives that aligned the Family Life Education program with the 2015 Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning for Health Education.  Lessons are being developed to meet these approved changes and will be available for parent review prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year in FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) Parent View. 

The 2015-2016 FLECAC recommendations that follow are based on some of the 2014-2015 approved changes to include media support (grades 9 and 10), clarity of lesson objectives (grades 10 and 11), addition of the topic of sexual assault and consent to grade 10, and supplemental material for female students with low incidence disabilities (students with special needs grades 3-10). 

Recommendations to the School Board

Community Comments:

The community comment period will be from 8:00 a.m. on May 26, 2016 through 4:30 p.m. on June 24, 2016.  All comments received during the comment period will be shared with School Board members prior to the June 30, 2016 action/vote on recommendations .

  • Please send comments for the 2015-2016 recommendations to FLEcomments@fcps.edu
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Recommendations:

Grade 9

Media: From Conception to Birth, Discovery School, 2005. (25 minutes)

This program follows the physical development of a baby from conception to birth by following the pregnancies of a number of young women. Using enhanced computer animation made from ultrasound pictures and computer graphics, this program illustrates and describes the development of a child from beginning through birth. For example, at four weeks the embryo is no bigger than a grain of rice, at eight weeks the size of walnut - all organs are developing, liver lungs brain and bones, at 26 weeks it can taste, squeeze hands, respond to light and sound, and might survive if born. These and many more facts are explored.

Note:  This title is currently approved for use in grade 10.  The previously approved objectives for implementation in school year 2016-2017 moved the learning objective from grade 10 to grade 9; approval is for use of the media title at grade 9.

FCPS does not have streaming rights to this title.  Media is available at all FCPS high school libraries during regular school hours during the comment period. Please contact the high school librarian for an appointment to view the media title.

Note:  Two evening community review opportunities for the recommended media titles and book have been scheduled at Gatehouse Administration Center (8115 Gatehouse Road; Falls Church, VA) on Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in rooms 2050/2051 on the second floor. The two media titles and book listed above will be available.

Grade 10

One lesson objective revision for the Human Growth and Development Unit

Students will examine teen dating relationships, teen dating violence, and human (teen sex) trafficking; and strategies for prevention and help.
Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include dating violence (verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and sexual assault), Internet exploitation, and sexual consent; and how dating relationships may result in human (teen sex) trafficking.  Strategies for prevention and dealing with abuse, violence, and human (teen sex) trafficking will be discussed.  Community health resources for further information, assistance, and support will be identified.

To replace:

Student will describe his or her attitudes toward dating while examining values, morals, and ethics essential to positive dating relationships.
Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include factors essential to the growth and maintenance of healthy relationships.  Signs of abusive relationships (verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, human trafficking, and Internet exploitation) will be presented.  Strategies for prevention and dealing with abuse, human trafficking, and exploitation will be discussed.  Community health resources for further information, assistance, and support will be identified.

Note:  Revision to lesson objective wording provides clarity and adds the topics of sexual assault and consent. Additional instruction on healthy and unhealthy dating relationships will be provided in general health instruction as required by the 2015 Virginia Department of Education standards of learning for health education for grade 10.

Grade 11

One lesson objective revision. Changes denoted by underline and strike through.           

11.3    Students will examine healthy and unhealthy relationships, dating violence, and strategies for prevention and help.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include controlling behaviors, sexual assault, digital abuse, human (teen sex) trafficking, coercion, and sexual consent.  Refusal and prevention strategies will be discussed. Discussion will include the risks associated with substance use and emphasize the value of sexual abstinence.  Family, trusted adult, and cCommunity health resources for further information, assistance, and support will be identified.

Media: Defining Sexual Assault: Edited for FCPS (2015), Human Relations Media, 34 minutes. 

Part one: What is Sexual Assault? What Is Consent?  Understanding the answers to these two key questions is the fundamental task of sexual assault education. Nationally-known experts help viewers delve into the complexities and nuances of both questions. Three sexual assault survivors tell their personal stories, with an emphasis on the circumstances of their assaults, the complex emotions and reactions triggered, and how definitions of sexual assault and consent become integral to understanding the consequences for both the victims and the perpetrators.

Part two: After an Assault.   What happens after an assault?  What are your legal rights, your rights under Title IX, your rights as a hospital patient, your rights as a minor, your right to counseling and other victim-support services?  These questions are answered through the lens of assault survivors, a forensic nurse, a police detective, and rape crisis coordinators.

Part three: Risk Reduction and Bystander Intervention.  Experts in risk reduction look at situations that are statistically riskier than others and identify specific steps to take to lower one's risk of assault, although there is no way to guarantee a totally risk-free environment. Bystander intervention explains how communities can work together to develop strategies to identify how sexual assault behaviors begin and how to intercede to prevent escalation of risk. The program also specifically addresses what to do if a friend confides in you, or discloses an assault.

FCPS does not have streaming rights to this title.  Media is available at all FCPS high school libraries during regular school hours during the comment period. Please contact the high school librarian for an appointment to view the media title.

Note:  Two evening community review opportunities for the recommended media titles and book have been scheduled at Gatehouse Administration Center (8115 Gatehouse Road; Falls Church, VA) on Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in rooms 2050/2051 on the second floor. The two media titles and book listed above will be available.

Lesson excerpt wording

The following language is recommended to be included in the lesson plan that incorporates the new media to add emphasis on the role of parent:

“Students are encouraged to seek the support of their parents, a trusted adult, or peer, who can help them seek medical and any further care.  Reporting an assault to a medical facility does not require the presence of a guardian, but in most cases a responsible, trusted parent or other adult will provide critical help and support.”

Note:  The intent is to have the statements provided in the lesson as a “say to students” component for the teacher as part of a debriefing of the media title, Defining Sexual Assault.  There is an understanding that teachers may not use the exact statement during instruction.  “Say to students” statements are provided in each lesson to help teachers with content information and phrasing.  There is not a requirement for teachers to instruct these statements verbatim.

           
Grades 3-10 Modified Curriculum for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities (students with special needs that, because of their disability, are unable to access the general education curriculum)

Book:   Erin’s Period Book, Barb Zimmerman (2010)   

Erin’s Period Book uses simple language to explain the process of menstruation. Detailed photographs show young ladies how to change a pad. This book is a tool to teach girls with developmental delays how to take care of their feminine hygiene needs, at home, school, or in the community.

To support the Modified Human Growth and Development curriculum for students with low incidence disabilities.  This would be supplemental material for teachers working with female students.  Book would be used to support instruction at grade 3 (with parent permission) and grades 4-10 instruction about the menstrual cycle with girls.  

FCPS does not have streaming rights to this title. Book is available at all FCPS high school libraries during regular school hours. Please contact the high school librarian for an appointment to view the title.

Note:  Two evening community review opportunities for the recommended media titles and book have been scheduled at Gatehouse Administration Center (8115 Gatehouse Road; Falls Church, VA) on Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in rooms 2050/2051 on the second floor. The two media titles and book listed above will be available.

FLE opt-out forms and Program Descriptions

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1st Grade

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2nd Grade

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3rd Grade

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4th Grade

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5th Grade

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6th Grade

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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9th Grade

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10th Grade

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11th Grade

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12th Grade

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Program Overview

In 1988, the State Board of Education established regulations regarding the Family Life Education (FLE) program. The Virginia Department of Education encouraged this program in response to a decade of rising teenage pregnancy rates, rising sexually transmitted infection rates, and the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic.
In order to provide parents with alternatives, regulations require that an opt-out provision be included for parents to remove their child(ren) from any family life education lesson or all lessons at a particular grade level and that alternative, non-FLE lessons be available to students opted out of FLE lessons. In addition, school divisions are required to establish an advisory committee with broad community representation to review and make recommendations regarding the FLE content.
Fairfax County Public Schools' (FCPS) FLE program was fully implemented in 1990. FCPS requires FLE to be taught in grades K-12.

Elementary School

The elementary FLE program is taught by the regular classroom teacher. The early elementary program emphasizes the importance of families, distinction between good and bad touch, sources of help, and the importance of friendships.
Human sexuality is first introduced in grade four. In the Human Growth and Development unit, students learn about the male and female reproductive systems. Students view age-appropriate videos and learn the maturational process, changes which occur during puberty, and prenatal development.  Students study the effects of peer pressure and begin to examine the influence of media on behavior and attitudes. Students begin an understanding of sexually transmitted infections in grade 5. The emotional and social health unit includes abuse prevention from good touch/bad touch in primary grades to types of abuse in upper elementary grades.  Instruction for abuse prevention includes resources for help.

Middle School

The FLE program for students in grades seven and eight is taught by health and physical education teachers. Building on information learned in late elementary school, students continue their study of basic anatomy and physiology as well as the physical, psychological, and social changes that occur during adolescence. Students are taught that abstinence from sexual activity is the only way to guarantee the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.  The emotional and social health unit includes instruction on abuse, internet predation, and healthy dating relationships.

High School

Ninth graders participate in Family Life Education unit through their biology class for human growth and development and through health and physical education class for emotional and social health.  In tenth grade, students study FLE during health class, while in eleventh and twelfth grades, the lessons are generally taught by social studies teachers.

During ninth and tenth grades, students continue building on their base of knowledge regarding human reproduction, sexually transmitted infection prevention, and the skills needed to make health decisions.  In grades nine and ten, students learn how maturation affects adolescent development and learn to recognize the development of sexuality as a lifelong aspect of personality. Students are provided definitions for heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual, and transgender and that all persons deserve to be treated with respect regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Students are taught that substance use/abuse affects decision making and that abstinence from sexual activity is the only way to guarantee the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. The problem of dating abuse and violence is introduced and students are taught how to avoid dangerous situations and how to get help when it is needed.

During grades eleven and twelve, students continue their study of sexually transmitted infections and grade twelve has a lesson on Virginia laws that pertain to family and family life education topics.

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May 18, 2016