Kent City Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

2414 - REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

The Board of Education believes that provisions should be made for the students to receive instruction in reproductive health and family planning. The Board accepts as policy the guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education, including definitions as presented by the Michigan Department of Education.

The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines to ensure the implementation of reproductive health at the elementary, middle school, and high school. The Superintendent, with the cooperation of the certified staff, shall develop a comprehensive reproductive health education curriculum which includes, but not limited to, reproductive health, family planning, and the recognition, prevention, and treatment of venereal diseases, and that complies with statutory curriculum requirements. All instruction and materials shall be age-appropriate and medically accurate. Prior to the adoption of any revision to materials or methods of instruction in reproductive health education, the Coordinated District Health Advisory Team shall hold two (2) public hearings. The hearings shall be held at least one (1) week apart and shall be posted pursuant to the Open Meetings Act (M.C.L.A. 380.1201).

The District shall notify the parents, in advance of the instruction and about the content of the instruction, give the parents an opportunity, prior to instruction, to review the materials to be used (other than tests), as well as the opportunity to observe the instruction, and advise the parents of their right to have their child excused from the instruction.

In addition, students are to be provided instruction in the recognition, prevention, and treatment of noncasual-contact communicable diseases such as venereal diseases, HBV, and HIV; and the use of abstinence from sex as a responsible method for restriction and prevention of noncasual-contact communicable disease and as a positive life-style for unmarried young people.

Each person who teaches K to 12 students about human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome shall have training in human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome education for young people. Licensed health care professionals who have received training on human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome are exempt from this requirement.

To comply with the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act and Michigan Statutes, the Superintendent will, in writing, inform the professional staff of the Federal requirements concerning reproductive health education and the prohibitions and restrictions concerning distribution of contraceptives or materials that encourage sexual activities.

Coordinated District Health Advisory Team

The District Safe & Drug Free Committee will act as the Coordinated District Health Advisory Team. When reproductive health education is on the agenda, the committee shall ensure that at least one-half (1/2) of the participants are parents who have at least one (1) child attending a school operated by the Kent City Community Schools, and a majority of those parent participants shall be individuals not employed by Kent City Community Schools. The Superintendent shall approve persons for membership on this team and the team shall include students of the Kent City Community Schools, educators, local clergy, community health professionals, and parents of students. The Superintendent shall use a selection process that reasonably reflects the Kent City Community Schools population.

The Coordinated District Health Advisory Team must establish goals and objectives designed to reduce rates of sexual activity, pregnancy, and reproductive sexually transmitted diseases; review materials and methods; and make implementation recommendations to the Board of Education. The recommendations shall incorporate the mandates of M.C.L.A. 380.1507b and such other material as the Coordinated District Health Advisory Team finds to be pedagogically sound. Every two (2) years, the Coordinated District Health Advisory Team shall evaluate, measure, and report upon the attainment of the goals and objectives. The report shall be made available to parents in the School District.

M.C.L.A. 380.1169
A.C. Rule 388.273 et seq.
20 USCA 7906 (NCLB); M.C.L.A. 380.1282, 380.1507, 380.1507b, 380.1169
M.C.L.A. 380.1506, 380.1766, 388.1766a

Revised 3/14/05
Revised 4/07