AIDS EDUCATION POLICY
I. Purpose. The goal of this policy is to assist in the protection of students by providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid behaviors that will put them at risk of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The rapid spread of this disease makes it necessary to develop policy that will assure that effective AIDS prevention programs are in place.
II. Instructional Program.
A. AIDS prevention education will be integrated into health education in grades 6-12 and into other current programs of study such as science, developmental guidance and social studies as deemed appropriate by the board of education.
B. The education program is comprehensive and provides not only knowledge about the disease AIDS, but also has a focus on behaviors and skills necessary to prevent exposure to the virus. Guidelines, such as those published by the Centers for Disease Control in the January 29, 1988, MMWR shall be used in curriculum.
C. High school students, who have completed the health and science course requirement for graduation, will receive appropriate AIDS prevention education.
III. Staff Training.
A. All school staff will receive in-service training about the following:
1. the nature of the AIDS epidemic and means of controlling its spread;
2. the role of the school in providing education to prevent transmission.
B. Educational personnel responsible for classroom instruction will receive staff development that will enable them to implement effective AIDS education.
C. The programs will be taught by qualified professionals who periodically participate in staff development activities that will provide current information related to AIDS education.
IV. Parental Involvement
A. Parents or guardians may attend staff development.
B. Parents/guardians may examine curricular materials and exempt their child from AIDS instruction by giving written notice to the principal.
V. Curriculum Development
A. The county will seek assistance of school leaders and community representatives in developing appropriate curricula.
B. A completed comprehensive health education curriculum, which includes AIDS education, will be submitted to the State Superintendent of Schools according to State Code.
C. Inclusion of AIDS education in curricular areas such as science, social studies and developmental guidance is warranted to assure total understanding of the disease and its consequences.
Adopted: July, 1991
Revised: December 12, 2011
Reference: West Virginia Department of Education Policy 2422.4; W. Va. Code §§ 18-2-9 and 18-5-15d
Pocahontas County Board of Education