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Health Education Units

Family Life And Human Sexuality Unit

Howard County public schools provide meaningful units in health education entitled Family Life and Human Sexuality for Grades 5 through 8.

Maryland State Board of Education Regulation 13A.04.01 states that: “It is the responsibility of the local school system to provide a comprehensive program of Family Life and Human Sexuality as a part of a total health program. This program shall adhere to the Standards and Procedures adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education.”

Due to the sensitive nature of this instruction, as directed by the Maryland State Regulation (COMAR 13A.04.18.03), written parental permission is required prior to student participation in the unit. In preparation for the unit, parents will receive a notification letter which includes the unit objectives and a participation permission slip.

Unit Objectives By Grade

Notification Materials

Parents will receive notification materials in advance of the unit.

HIV/AIDS Unit

Howard County public schools provide instruction on HIV/AIDS in grades 4 through 10 including Special Education.

The Maryland State Board of Education requires that each school system provide instruction about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) “at least once in grades three to six, six to nine, and nine to twelve” (COMAR 13A.04.18).

HIV/AIDS instruction may be included in a variety of content areas: Health Education, Science, Social Studies, and Family and Consumer Science. HIV/AIDS instruction is a required content area in the Health Education curriculum. It may be a required or elective topic in the other content areas. Parents may exclude their child from instruction in HIV/AIDS prevention by completing an HIV/AIDS Exclusion Form which is available through the school.

Notification Materials

Parents will receive notification materials in advance of the unit.