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APS board to consider new health/sex ed curriculum for 7th graders

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on January 11, 2017 – 12:48 amNo Comment

Alpena Public Schools is nearly ready to roll out a new health education curriculum to 7th graders at Thunder Bay Junior High School.

In the past, health was taught to 6th, 7th and 8th graders during gym classes.

If the new curriculum is approved by the APS board of education Monday, it will be taught in a regular classroom, for a full quarter, but only to 7th graders.

Another change involves the sex education portion of the course, which is moving from “abstinence-only” to abstinence-based.”  That basically means students will be taught that abstinence is the best method for avoiding STD’s and unintended pregnancy; but also about condoms and contraception – things that previously were not part of the curriculum.

Parents will have an option to keep their child or children out of that portion of the course if they desire.  Only one parent attended a public hearing on the new curriculum and that person wasn’t offended by the content.

If approved by the board Monday, the new curriculum will be rolled out at the start of the next quarter.  The junior high operates on quarters, not semesters.

Other topics under the health curriculum include healthy eating and physical activity, the power to be tobacco and drug free, and mental health.

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