Family Life Education Community Review of New Materials

Recommended Family Life Education Instructional Materials Available for Community Review

Community review of Family Life Education (FLE) media and lesson objectives opens May 7, 2021 and closes June 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Recommendations affect grades K, 1, 7, 8, 10 and modified grades 1-6 and grades 7-10.

Comments

To comment on the recommendations, email FLEcomments@fcps.edu starting at 8 a.m. on May 7, 2021. The comment period closes on June 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

School Board members receive all comments submitted by June 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

School Board members vote on the recommendations on June 17, 2021.

For more information, call the Office of PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Health, Family Life, and Physical Education at 571-423-4550.

Recommendations

Grade K

Current lesson objective

Students will recognize that everyone is a member of a family and identify members of their individual families.

Descriptive Statement: Students will identify adult and child members of their families.  The types of family structures included will be traditional or two-parent families – mother and father, and children; extended families – relatives other than the immediate family living in the home; single-parent families; adoptive families; foster families; families with stepparents; and blended families.

Revised lesson objective

Students will recognize that everyone is a member of a family and identify members of their individual families.

Descriptive Statement: Students will identify adult and child members of their families.  The types of family structures included will be two-parent families – mother and father, mothers, fathers, and children; extended families – relatives other than the immediate family living in the home; single-parent families; adoptive families; foster families; families with stepparents; and blended families.

Grade 1

Current Lesson Objective

Students will describe a community as people living and working together and will understand that family members make up a type of community.

Descriptive Statement: Discussion will include the following family structures:  two-parent families (mother and father, and children), extended families – relatives other than the immediate family living in the home, single-parent families, adoptive families, foster families, families with stepparents, and blended families.  Instruction will include a definition of community and how they work.

Revised Lesson Objective

Students will describe a community as people living and working together and will understand that family members make up a type of community.

Descriptive Statement: Discussion will include the following family structures:  two-parent families (mother and father, mothers, fathers, and children), extended families – relatives other than the immediate family living in the home, single-parent families, adoptive families, foster families, families with stepparents, and blended families.  A definition of community will be given along with examples of types of communities, including the family.

Grade 7

Current Lesson Objectives

Students will explore changes in peer relationships during adolescence.

Descriptive Statement: Emphasis is on the increasing importance of peer relationships and the effects of changing interests on friendships during adolescence.  Issues such as meeting new people, fitting in, maintaining friendships, dealing with peer pressure, and coping with changes and loss in friendships are explored.  Instruction will also include a brief overview of the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide and resources for support.

(Gender Separate): Students will identify the components of the male and female reproductive systems and describe how their functioning changes during puberty. 
Descriptive Statement: In addition to identifying the parts of the male and female reproductive systems, the following topics will be discussed: ovulation, menstruation, erections, ejaculation, and nocturnal emissions. Sexual intercourse and fertilization will be reviewed during the instruction of menstruation.

Revised Lesson Objectives

Students will explore changes in peer relationships during adolescence.

Descriptive Statement: Emphasis is on the increasing importance of peer relationships and the effects of changing interests on friendships during adolescence.  Issues such as meeting new people, fitting in, maintaining friendships, dealing with peer pressure, and coping with changes and loss in friendships are explored. 

Note: The 2020 Standards of Learning for Health Education include depression and suicide in general health education. Students will continue to receive instruction on depression and suicide in health education.

(Gender Separate): Students will identify the components of the male and female reproductive systems and describe how their functioning changes during puberty.

Descriptive Statement: In addition to identifying the parts of the male and female reproductive systems, the following topics will be discussed: ovulation, menstruation, erections, ejaculation, and nocturnal emissions.  During instruction, menstruation, sexual intercourse, and fertilization will be reviewed and primary amenorrhea will be introduced. Primary amenorrhea is defined as not having the first menstrual period by age 16. Emphasis will be placed on there being a broad range of ages when it is normal for menstruation to begin.

Grade 8

Current Lesson Objective

(Gender Separate): Students will review the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during adolescence and identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems. 

Descriptive Statement: Instruction includes a brief review of the effects of hormonal changes on social and emotional development and focuses on the physical changes that occur during puberty. Topics include internal and external structures, the menstrual cycle, erections, ejaculations, and nocturnal emissions.

Revised Lesson Objective

(Gender Separate): Students will review the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during adolescence and identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction includes a brief review of the effects of hormonal changes on social and emotional development and focuses on the physical changes that occur during puberty.

Topics include internal and external structures, erections, ejaculations, nocturnal emissions, and the menstrual cycle including review of primary amenorrhea and introduction of secondary amenorrhea (absence of menstruation after regular menstrual cycles have been established).

New Media

Grade 8 Emotional and Social Health Unit

Teen Voices: Sexting, Relationships, and Risks, 2019. Common Sense Media

Description of Media: Most middle schoolers aren't prepared for the risks associated with sexting and self-disclosure in relationships. As technology makes it easier than ever for kids to share photos digitally, the stakes have never been higher. In this video, your students can listen to other teens' honest - and sometimes frank - thoughts about their experiences with sexting, then consider how they might react in similar situations.

The media will support:

Students will explore types of exploitation and identify prevention skills, coping strategies, and sources of help for exploitation.

Descriptive Statement: Types of exploitation include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and neglect. Instruction will include the dangers and repercussions of using personal electronic exchanges or social media to engage in sexually explicit communications (includes sharing sexually explicit images).

View Teen Voices: Sexting, Relationships, and Risks, 2019.

Grade 10

Current Lesson Objective

Students will discuss adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy.

Descriptive Statement: Information will be provided about the benefits of adoption for parents, child, family, and community.  Community resources for further information and support are identified.

Revised Lesson Objective

Students will discuss adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unintended pregnancy.

Descriptive Statement: Information will be provided about the benefits of adoption for parents, child, family, and community.  Community resources for further information and support are identified. 

Grade 1-6 Modified

New lesson objective

The student will explore safety issues related to technology use.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction includes keeping personal information private online, including health information, safety rules for being online at home and at school, and whom to ask for help and assistance.

Grade 7-12 Modified

New lesson objective

The student will learn about getting along with others at work and appropriate workplace behaviors.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction includes identifying the roles and how to relate with people at work (e.g. boss, supervisor, co-workers); skills for meeting and interacting with various people in the workplace; and appropriate and inappropriate workplace behaviors (i.e. comments and conversations). Resources for questions and assistance will be provided.