Family Life Education (FLE)

Information for families

Fairfax County Public Schools' (FCPS) Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum is taught in grades K-12. Lessons include age-appropriate instruction in family living and community relationships, abstinence education, the value of postponing sexual activity, the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, and human sexuality and human reproduction. Instruction is designed to promote parental involvement, foster positive self concepts, and provide coping mechanisms for dealing with peer pressure and the stresses related to to the students' developmental stages and abilities. Parents have the right to review the complete family life curricula, including all supplemental materials used in any family life education program.

Parents may remove their child(ren) from any FLE lessons at a particular grade level and alternative, non-FLE lessons will be made available to those students. In addition, school divisions are required to establish an advisory committee with broad community representation to review and make recommendations regarding the FLE content.