Health

Dear MBX Parent/Guardian:

NOTE: COVID-19 Distance Learning 

Due to the circumstances, MBX Foundation’s Comprehensive Sexual Health/HIV/AIDS curriculum for high school students will be delivered in a distance learning format. Instruction will be delivered inside the Canvas Learning Management System. The curriculum has been adapted for the distance format.

 Due to this distance learning format, it is important for families to ensure that:

  • Students have headphones or a private space away from younger children to participate in these lessons.
  • Students do not record or distribute any of the instructional material.

The Comprehensive Sexual Health/HIV/AIDS curriculum will present factual information based on current scientific evidence which empowers the student to follow a course of abstinence and other healthy sexual attitudes and behaviors, recognizing the family as the primary provider of sex education.

California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school or junior high school and once in high school, starting in grade 7.

Instruction must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians or other trusted adults about human sexuality. Instruction must be medically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive of all students. It must include the following:

  • Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatment
  • Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV and other STIs, and information about value of delaying sexual activity
  • Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS
  • Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive health care
  • Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy
    outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law
  • Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender
    stereotypes
  • Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations

You can view the California Education Code Sections 51930-51939 by clicking the link. 

You, as a parent/guardian, have certain rights regarding sexual health, HIV, and AIDS education. You have the opportunity to request, in writing, that your child not participate in this unit. This request shall be valid for this summer school session, and you may withdraw your request at any time. Any written or audio-visual materials to be used shall be available for your inspection. Whenever any part of the instruction in sexual health, HIV, and AIDS education conflicts with the religious training and beliefs of the parent/guardian of any pupil, the pupil, on written request of the parent/guardian, shall be excused from the part of the course which conflicts with such religious training and beliefs. (The term “religious training and beliefs” includes personal moral convictions.)

*Note: If you do not wish your student to participate in the full Comprehensive Sexual Health/HIV/AIDS Program, you must indicate this in writing as noted below.

State law allows you to remove your student from this instruction. If you do not want your student to participate in comprehensive sexual health or HIV prevention education, please give a written email request to Leanne Weaver () by June 10, 2020 and your child will be given an alternative unit to complete.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Daniel Pestle                             Ms. Leanne Weaver

MBX Summer School Principals

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