BVSD is committed to our students’ well-being at every level.
The Board of Education believes that the goal of health education is to promote physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual well-being, not just to prevent disease. A healthy school is one where all students receive consistent and culturally sensitive messages reinforcing their personal worth, supporting individual and family differences, and emphasizing personal responsibility for health choices. Given the potential consequences of risky health behaviors on overall wellness and academic achievement, a comprehensive health education program is a necessary element of the academic curriculum. Not only is it important for children to know basic health facts, but it is of equal importance for them to build self-esteem, develop skills for evaluating underlying values and beliefs related to health, and to make responsible decisions. It is through the acquisition of knowledge and the development of decision making skills that young people become more fully equipped to lead a healthier life.
As part of a comprehensive health education program, the Board of Education believes students must develop an understanding and respect for their own bodies as they mature and reflect upon their developing sexuality in terms of their own values and their valuing of others. To accomplish this goal, human sexuality shall be a part of the District’s health education curriculum. The value system within which human sexuality may be effectively taught espouses the recognition of human dignity and the presence of different points of view based on religious and moral convictions and basic beliefs.
Under Colorado State Statute and BVSD Board of Education policy IGAE, if parents or guardians want to exclude their child from any portion or portions of health instruction on the grounds that is contrary to the religious beliefs and teachings or closely held personal beliefs of the student, parent or guardian, you may do so by completing the Health Education Program Parental Exclusion Request form IGAE-E. You can also see additional information about the excusal process by viewing the Excusal Procedure regulation IGAE-R.
Please be assured that Boulder Valley teachers receive specialized training in the appropriate presentation of health education topics. Therefore, we encourage parents to discuss their concerns with the health education teacher and/or school administration, before requesting an exclusion.