The Weld Re-8 Board of Educations stance on health education policey could be a topic of conversation this month.
The Board of Education is due to begin a discussion on updating its health-education policy during its Sept. 8 workshop. It begins at 6:30 p.m.
But the first chance to make a decision could be as soon as its Sept. 22, business meeting; the board cannot make a decision unless it’s in a regular meeting format.
However, according to board member Cody LeBlanc, the policy may not be necessary because the district doesn’t teach health education.
“My original thought was we could get rid of it,” he told the board during its Aug. 25 meeting.
Another reason for the delay, according to Superintendent Alan Kaylor, was for the Colorado Association of School Boards to make potential changes to its policy and to give the district attorney time to review and make recommendations if necessary. Those chagnes were due Aug. 31, after press time.
The present Re-8 policy dates back to 2016 and was revised Aug. 25.
According to the Aug. 25 version of the policy, health education programs “may be an option” for students’ education. Part of the program includes “functioning and proper care of the human body” and encouraging “the development of lifelong, positive health habits.” It also says the district’s course should teach “about family life or sex education in regular courses on anatomy, physiology, science, health, consumer and family studies.”
The policy also says that health education won’t be a required field of study should the district adopt a separate family life or sex-ed program. The policy also requires parental approval before students can participate.
“Parents/guardians may choose to not return the form or specify that it is contrary to religious beliefs and teachings or closely held personal beliefs of the student or the students’ parent/guardian,” the policy said. “The district believes parent/guardians have the right to determine what controversial topics to which their child(ren) are exposed.”
The principal will confer with the teachers to determine the length of time for this course. Should parents opt to keep their children out of this coursework, the school principal will develop alternate activities for those students.
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