603.05 – Health Education

Students in grade levels K-12 shall receive instruction about personal health, food and nutrition, environmental health, safety, and survival skills, consumer health, family life, substance use, and nonuse, including the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and poisons on the human body, emotional and social health, health resources, and prevention and control of disease, including characteristics of communicable diseases. While the areas stated above shall be included in health education, the instruction shall be adapted at each grade level to aid understanding by the students. Beginning no later than grade seven, a unit on characteristics of communicable diseases shall include information about sexually transmitted diseases.

Parents who object to a portion of health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student is excused from such instruction. The written request shall include a proposed alternate health activity or study acceptable to the  Superintendent/designee. The Superintendent/designee shall have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.

Legal Reference:  Iowa Code §§ 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14 (2007).; 281 I.A.C. 12.5. Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 256.11;279.8; 280.3-.14 (2007).; 281 I.A.C. 12.5.

Date  of  Adoption: January 19, 2009

Reviewed & Revised: March 21, 2016; June 17, 2019