The Issaquah School District is offering two presentations for parents/guardians of fifth grade students to preview the Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum. The presentation is designed for adults only and includes laws and district procedures, curriculum, and options for exempting students.
The presentations are for parents/guardians of fifth grade students at all Issaquah School District Elementary Schools and lasts about 1.5 hours. Both sessions are the same.
DATES AND LOCATION
- Thursday, March 9, 2023, 6 p.m., ISD Administration Office
- Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9 a.m., ISD Administration Office
Under the Federal Hatch Amendment of 1974, all sexual education instructional materials must be available for parent inspection. The public presentations provide a centralized opportunity to do so. Parents have the right to exempt their child from sexual education instruction at any time. While it is not required for you to attend the parent presentation to exempt your child from sexual education, it is necessary to submit your request in writing to your school principal. This must be done each year.
In recognition of the significant threat that the HIV/AIDS virus presents to the health of the people of our nation, the Washington state legislature passed the Omnibus AIDS Bill in 1988. This law directs local school districts to provide yearly instruction to students in grades 5-12 about the pathology and prevention of the HIV/AIDS virus.
The law also requires that parents/guardians must preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum which is found within the FLASH curriculum, before exempting your child from HIV/AIDS instruction. This must be done each year. Please note – the process of exempting your child from HIV/AIDS education is treated separately from exempting your child out of sexual education.
It is not necessary for parents/guardians to attend a public review session if they do not intend to exempt their children from HIV/AIDS instruction. Being familiar with the curriculum will enhance your ability to talk with your child about this serious health threat.
ISD FLASH curriculum and lesson plans can be previewed through the Issaquah School District website; click on the Health, SEL & FLASH tab.
Director, Teaching and Learning Services, Elementary