Michigan: School Board Approves Reproductive, HIV/AIDS Curriculum
October 17, 2005
The Board of Education voted to adopt reproductive health and HIV/AIDS classes in the curriculum for Hamilton Community Schools. HIV/AIDS classes will begin at the elementary level, while reproductive health classes will start in middle school and continue through high school. Parents can excuse their children from any of the lessons. Fourth-graders' parents will have the option of attending forums to learn how to talk to their children about reproductive issues.
Barb Ferguson, curriculum coordinator for Hamilton Schools, said middle-school reproductive health classes would begin this semester and elementary HIV/AIDS lessons would start next year.
Ferguson said a reproductive health committee had worked on the curriculum for several months and held two forums for parents. Curriculum materials have been available for review at the administration office for several months.
"The committee has really worked hard and the community has given us input along the way, and that has really helped," said Ferguson.
Grand Rapids Press
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.