The life-threatening dangers of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and its prevention will be taught at WSSB. HIV/AIDS prevention education will be limited to the discussion of the life-threatening dangers of the disease, its transmission, and prevention. Students will receive such education at least once each school year beginning in sixth (6th) grade.
The HIV/AIDS prevention education program will be developed in consultation with teachers, administrators, parents, other community members including, but not limited to, persons from medical, public health, and mental health organizations and agencies. The model curricula and resources available through OSPI will be used in the HIV/AIDS prevention program at WSSB.
At least one month before teaching HIV/AIDS prevention education in the classroom, WSSB will share with parents/guardians the curricula and materials to be used for inspection. No student may be required to participate in HIV/AIDS prevention education if the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) have reviewed the curricula and materials and object in writing to participation.
The curriculum for HIV/AIDS prevention education will be designed to teach students which behaviors place a person dangerously at risk of infection from the human immunodeficiency virus and methods to avoid such risks, including at least:
- The dangers of drug abuse, especially the use of hypodermic needles; and
- The dangers of sexual intercourse, with or without condoms.
The HIV/AIDS prevention education program will stress the life-threatening dangers of contracting HIV/AIDS and will stress that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain means for preventing transmission of HIV through sexual contact. The instruction will also stress that condoms and other artificial means of birth control are not a certain means of preventing the transmission of HIV, and reliance on condoms puts an individual at risk for exposure to the disease.
Legal References: RCW 28A.230.070, RCW 28A.300.475