Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee

Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee

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Committee Chairperson

Carrie Reynolds, Coordinator, Health, Family Life, and Physical Education, Instructional Services Department

Committee Purpose

The Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) for levels K through 12 shall be established and maintained to advise the K-12 health and physical education and FLE curriculum coordinator on Program of Studies development and implementation. The role of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the curriculum coordinator as objectives and descriptive statements are developed and basal materials are considered for use in instruction (FCPS Regulation 1708).

2023 - 24 Membership

School Board Member Representatives

Becky Day, Braddock District
Willow Woycke, Dranesville District
Marcia St. John-Cunning, Franconia District
Kripa Patwardhan, Hunter Mill District
Greg Martin, Mason District
Vacant, Mount Vernon District
Joshua Israel, Providence District
Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Springfield District
Vacant, Sully District
Vanessa Hall, At Large - Keys-Gamarra
Farhan Siddiqi, At Large - Omeish
Teresa Champion, At Large - Sizemore Heizer
Student Representative, Grade 9
Student Representative, Grade 10 (Vacant)
Student Representative, Grade 11
Student Representative, Grade 12

Community Representatives

Do-Quyen Pham, Fairfax County Health Department
Shari ZamarraFaith Communities in Action 
Courtney Firth, Faith Communities in Action 
Patricia Ramirez, Family Partnerships
Jen Hitchcock, FCCPTA
Shannon Cothran, Physician
Megan Gerbracht, Psychologist

School Representatives

Kelly Baugh, Elementary School Principals’ Association
Vacant, Middle School Principals’ Association
Alfonso Smith, High School Principals’ Association
Vacant, High School Social Studies
Vacant, High School Social Studies
Beth Gottschalk, High School Health and Physical Education
David Arthur, High School Health and Physical Education
Dave Letsen, Middle School Health and Physical Education
Emilia Rastrick, Middle School Health and Physical Education
Vacant, Elementary School
Danielle Lalande, Elementary School
Katelynn Rieling, Elementary School
Sharon Stacks, Elementary School
Jason Morgan, Registered Parliamentarian

Advisory Committee meetings will be held at Gatehouse Administration Center from 7 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Committee Members in AttendanceBecky Daw, Beth Gottschalk, Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Courtney Firth, Emilia Rastrick, Greg Martin, Jen Hitchcock, Josh Israel, Katelyn Rieling, Kelly Baugh, Kripa Patwardhan, Kyra Ganezer, Megan Gerbracht, Shannon Cothran, Shari Zamarra, Sharon Stacks, Teresa Champion, Vanessa Hall
Non-Voting Committee Members in AttendanceBecky Howery, Carrie Reynolds, Colleen Eddy, Jason Morgan, Katie Kruk
Committee Members AbsentDanielle Lalande, Dave Letsen, David Arthur, Debra David, Do-Quyen Pham, Emily Findley, Farhan Siddiqi, Marcia St. John-Cunning, Willow Woycke
Committee Introductions
  • All members introduced themselves and their roles in the community.
  • Voting and non-voting members were identified
Review of Meeting Procedures
  • Parliamentarian reviewed Robert’s Rules of Order and committee procedures.
  • Committee members are encouraged to have ongoing communication about the work of the committee with the School Board member or organization they represent. 
  • Materials are made available to facilitate the work of the committee and are not intended to be shared or posted in any form.
Review Purpose and Role of FLECAC
  • Maintained to advise the K-12 HPE coordinator on program of studies development and implementation.
  • Provide advice and recommendations on objectives/descriptive statements and basal materials.
Review FLECAC Recommendations from SY 2022-23

Recommendations from SY 2022-2023 were presented to the School Board in a work session on June 22, 2023. 

  • Current recommendations based on FLECAC recommendations from SY 2021-2022.
  • Recommended objectives and descriptive statements related to setting boundaries, respecting boundaries, and consent for kindergarten through grade eight.
Overview of Potential Topics for FLECAC Discussion and Consideration in SY 2023-24
  • Objectives/descriptive statements related to consent in grades 9-12 and modified curriculum.
  • Media to support puberty instruction.
  • Recommendations from summer curriculum development project team for revisions to some objectives/descriptive statements to enhance the modified and general education FLE curricula.
  • Consider if pornography should be instructed at any grade level(s) in addition to current instruction in grade nine.
Meeting Dates

Meeting dates were posted and reviewed.

Boundaries and Consent in Grades 9-12
  • An overview of recommendations for K-8 on consent was handed out and reviewed discussion points from last year.
  • Draft objectives and descriptive statements were reviewed and discussed in small groups.  Groups provided feedback to the chair.
Closing Remarks

Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7 p.m.

Committee Members in AttendanceAlfonso Smith, Becky Daw, Beth Gottschalk, Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Courtney Firth, Danielle Lalande, Dave Letsen, David Arthur, Debra David, Do-Quyen Pham, Emilia Rastrick, Farhan Siddiqi, Greg Martin, Jen Hitchcock, Josh Israel, Kelly Baugh, Megan Gerbracht, Shannon Cothran, Sharon Stacks, Teresa Champion, Vanessa Hall, and Willow Woycke
Non-Voting Committee Members in AttendanceBecky Howery, Carrie Reynolds, and Jason Morgan
Committee Members AbsentKatelyn Rieling, Kyra Ganezer, Marcia St. John-Cunning, Patricia Ramirez, and Shari Zamarra
Staff and Guest in AttendanceAbby Picard and Debra Miller
September Minutes

September meeting minutes approved with clarification that the recommendations from the summer curriculum development team were to enhance both the general education and modified curriculums.

Committee Introductions

All members introduced themselves and their roles in the community.

Review Purpose and Role of FLECAC
  • Maintained to advise the K-12 HPE coordinator on program of studies development and implementation.
  • Provide advice and recommendations on objectives/descriptive statements and basal materials.
  • Process of bringing recommendation to the school board
  • Roles within the committee
Boundaries and consent in grades 9-12
  • Presentation from Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services: Healthy Relationships, Dating Violence, Boundaries, & Consent.
  • Committee members were asked to consider how the information presented applies to the objectives and descriptive statements on setting and respecting boundaries and consent for grades 9 and 10.  The objectives and descriptive statements will be discussed during the November meeting
Closing Remarks

Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:04 p.m.

Committee Members in AttendanceBecky Daw, Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Dave Letsen, David Arthur, Debra David, Farhan Siddiqi, Greg Martin, Jen Hitchcock, Josh Israel, Kelly Baugh, Kyra Ganezer, Megan Gerbracht, Patricia Ramirez, Shannon Cothran, Shari Zamarra, Sharon Stacks, Vanessa Hall, and Willow Woycke
Non-Voting Committee Members in AttendanceBecky Howery, Carrie Reynolds, Colleen Eddy, Emily Findley, and Jason Morgan
Committee Members AbsentAlfonso Smith, Beth Gottschalk, Courtney Firth, Danielle Lalande, Do-Quyen Pham, Emilia Rastrick, Katelyn Rieling, Kripa Patwardhan, Marcia St. John-Cunning, Teresa Champion
October Minutes

October meeting minutes approved with correction to attendance of two members.

Committee Introductions

Members new to the committee introduced themselves and their roles in the community.

Update on Media for Grades 4-6
  • Committee members were provided an update on the development of new media to support instruction of puberty and human reproduction in grades 4-6. The script is being developed and media production is considering how the information may be presented.
  • Next update will be in January.
Boundaries and consent in grades 9-12
  • Committee continued discussion of objectives and descriptive statements for grades 9 and 10.
  • Committee members worked in small groups on individual objectives and descriptive statements. They were asked to share their recommendations for review and consideration in the next meeting.
December Meeting
  • Motion: Cancel the December meeting and hold the next meeting as scheduled in January.
    • Yes: 8
    • No: 8
  • Motion failed.
  • Committee agreed to allow committee chair to follow-up with committee members in early December to determine if a quorum will be present.  Meeting may be cancelled by committee chair if a quorum will not be met.
Closing Remarks

Meeting adjourned at 9:01 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Meeting Cancelled

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m.

An overview of the meeting agenda was provided.

Committee Members in AttendanceAlfonso Smith, Becky Daw, Beth Gottschalk, Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Courtney Firth, Danielle Lalande, Dave Letsen, David Arthur, Do-Quyen Pham, Emilia Rastrick, Greg Martin, Josh Israel, Katelyn Rieling, Kripa Patwardhan, Maya Maday, Megan Gerbracht, Natalie Van Atta, Shari Zamarra, Vanessa Hall, and Willow Woycke
Non-Voting Committee Members in AttendanceColleen Eddy, Emily Findley, Katie Kruk, Jason Morgan, and Carrie Reynolds
Committee Members AbsentDebra David, Farhan Siddiqi, Jen Hitchcock, Kelly Baugh, Marcia St. John-Cunning, Mehek Purnota, Patricia Ramirez, Shannon Cothran, Sharon Stacks, and Teresa Champion
Committee Introductions

New student representatives were welcomed to the committee. Committee members introduced themselves and their roles on FLECAC.

November Meeting Minutes

November meeting minutes were approved as written.

Boundaries and Consent in Grades 9-10
  • Committee continued discussion of objectives and descriptive statements for grades 9 and 10.
  • Committee asked staff to revise the draft objective for grade 9 lesson 5 number 1 to create two separate objectives and descriptive statements.  FLECAC will consider the revised objectives and descriptive statements in February. 
  • Motion:  Approve the objectives and descriptive statements for grade 9 lesson 2 and grade 9 lesson 5 number 2 with the revisions discussed.
    • Yes: 18
    • No: 0
  • Motion:  Approve the objectives and descriptive statements for grade 10 lesson 1 with the revisions discussed.
    • Yes: 19
    • No: 0
Boundaries and Consent in Grades 11-12
  • This agenda item was tabled until the February meeting.
  • Committee members received draft objectives and descriptive statements which will be considered at the February meeting.
Update on Media for Grades 4-6
  • Committee members were provided an update and draft script for new media to support instruction of puberty and human reproduction in grades 4-6.  Committee members provided feedback on what they saw as strengths and suggestions.
  • Committee members were given the opportunity to read the draft script more thoroughly and provide additional feedback prior to the February meeting.
Updates
  • New webpage is live that provides information on the development of Family Life Education curriculum and the work of FLECAC.
  • Committee member contact information does not need to be provided to the School Board office.
Preview Remaining Meetings
  • Chair provided a tentative timeline for committee work during the remaining meetings in February, March, and April.
  • FLECAC recommendations are scheduled for School Board new business in May.
Closing Remarks

Meeting adjourned at 8:58 p.m.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Minutes

Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m.

An overview of the meeting agenda was provided.

Committee Members in AttendanceBecky Daw, Beth Gottschalk, Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz, Danielle Lalande, Dave Letsen, Do-Quyen Pham, Emilia Rastrick, Greg Martin, Jen Hitchcock, Josh Israel, Katelyn Rieling, Kelly Baugh, Kripa Patwardhan, Maya Maday, Megan Gerbracht, Patricia Ramirez, Shannon Cothran, Shari Zamarra, Teresa Champion, Willow Woycke
Non-Voting Committee Members in AttendanceColleen Eddy, Emily Findley, Katie Kruk, Jason Morgan, Carrie Reynolds
Committee Members AbsentAlfonso Smith, Courtney Firth, David Arthur, Farhan Siddiqi, Marcia St. John-Cunning, Mehek Purnota, Natalie Van Atta, Sharon Stacks, Vanessa Hall
Committee Member Updates

One voting member and one non-voting member have retired and will no longer serve on FLECAC.

December Meeting Minutes

December meeting minutes were approved with one grammatical correction.

Boundaries and Consent in Grades 9
  • In the January meeting, the committee asked staff to revise the draft objective for grade 9 lesson 5 number 1 to create two separate objectives and descriptive statements. The committee reviewed the staff recommendations.
  • Staff shared that due to revised and new objectives and descriptive statements the Emotional and Social Health unit in grade 9 would be reorganized. This will allow for a logical order of instruction that will enable students to access prior learning as they progress through the unit. The first proposed objective and descriptive statement would move from the current lesson 5 to be instructed as part of lesson 1. The second proposed objective and descriptive statement would become a new lesson 2.
  • Motion:  Approve the objectives and descriptive statements for grade 9 as written.
    • Yes: 20
    • No: 0
Boundaries and Consent in Grades 11-12
  • Committee members reviewed and discussed draft objectives and descriptive statements for grade 11 lesson 2 and grade 12 lesson 1.
  • Committee recommended changing the title of grade 11 lesson 1 from Unhealthy Relationships and Sexual Violence to Sexual Violence. This change is a better reflection of the content of the lesson.
  • Motion: Approve the objective and descriptive statement for grade 11 lesson 1 with the revisions discussed.
    • Yes: 20
    • No: 0
  • Motion: Approve the objective and descriptive statement for grade 12 lesson 1 as written.
    • Yes: 19
    • No: 0
  • The proposed new objective and descriptive statement for grade 12 will be reviewed and discussed at a future meeting.
Recommendations from Summer Curriculum Development Lesson Review

This item will be discussed at a future meeting.

Preview March Meeting
  • The committee will consider a concern brought by a community member related to the media currently being used for the girls’ lesson.
  • Committee members will view the media for the boys’ and girls’ lessons and make a recommendation either to change the girls’ media or keep the media as it is.
Closing Remarks

Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Agenda

Agenda ItemPerson(s) Responsible
Call to OrderKatie Kruk
Approve February meeting minutes (3 min)All
Puberty media for grade 4 (50 min)All
Objectives and descriptive statements related to the female reproductive system grades 4-8 (45 min)All
Objective and descriptive statement on boundaries and consent in grade 12 (20 min)All
Next Steps (2 min)Katie Kruk
ClosingAll

Thursday, April 11, 2024

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