Parents can learn more about sex ed curriculum at meeting Thursday night

Parents of students in Grady County Schools are encouraged to participate in an upcoming public forum on the Family Life and Sexual Health curriculum being taught in the public schools here.
The information sharing session will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 at the VanLandingham Center on North Broad Street beginning at 6 p.m.
Lauren Barineau, MPH, CHES, a trainer and technical assistance coordinator with the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, and Dr. Bobby Brewington, project director for GCAPP, will share information on the curriculum used to teach Grady County students in grades 4-12 Human Growth and Development classes.
During the 2015-2016 school term, the school system adopted the Family Life and Sexual Health curriculum. FLASH is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health – Seattle & King County WA, designed to prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual violence.
FLASH teaches school-age students in grades 4-12 age-appropriate lessons about their bodies and preventing diseases. The writers of FLASH recognize that families are the primary educators of family values and sexual health. Research shows that when families have discussions about these topics, children make healthier choices.
According to Grady County School Superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard not all units available in the curriculum are taught, but he notes that each school does cover the same units.
Parents also have the option of opting out of the curriculum.
“The curriculum will be available on Sept 29 for parents to review and Mrs. Barineau and Dr. Brewington will be available to answer questions as will members of the central office staff,” Gilliard said.
“We encourage anyone interested to come and learn more about what is being taught in our schools,” he added.
The following day, Friday, Sept. 30, teachers, instructional coordinators, principals, assistant superintendents and the superintendent will participate in a training/retraining exercise designed to prepare for teaching the curriculum this school term.

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