Proposed Health Curriculum – Preview in Library

Dear Parents,

We are excited to be able to offer a preview of health education curriculum materials for our community and families at the Mineral County Public Library from now until June 30, 2018.  We have a binder copy of the K-4 All About Life curriculum and have online access to view 4-12 grade curriculum.  Please come by and view the FLASH curriculum!

Why do we need this program?

In a recent survey, the Working to Improve School Health grant  taskforce compiled data from the Creede Community, staff, and students to determine which of the 25 listed “Best Practices” they felt that they could support.   80 total responses (43 online, 15 middle school, and 22 high school respondents), highly supported the Best Practices that highlighted  “a research based comprehensive sexual education curriculum will be offered annually, to grades 6-12,” “Health Education is inclusive and offered to all students regardless of sexual orientation, religious preference, gender, or ethnic background.”

Additionally, Colorado Department of Education outlines specific standards (based on National Health Education Standards) for K-12 as they relate to health education that Creede School is not currently meeting.  These standards include elements of healthy decision making/prevention and risk management, social skills/peer relationships, healthy relationships, and sexual and reproductive health.

The FLASH program has been chosen for preview. It is a research based health education curriculum that the CSD staff feel would be excellent for our students.

FLASH  includes a strong family-involvement component in order to further increase protective factors that support students in remaining abstinent, using birth control and condoms, and respecting other’s decisions not to have sex.

FLASH  supports and respects diverse community values through its inclusive design, its use of the Values Question Protocol, and through the design of the Family Homework, which encourages discussion about values.

FLASH is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health Seattle–King County and designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence. FLASH is available for elementary, middle, high school and special education classrooms.

FLASH is based on the Theory of Planned Behavior. Lessons include a variety of strategies designed to create positive attitudes, beliefs and norms and to build skills in order to reduce rates of pregnancy, STDs and sexual violence.

Note: You may provide any input on this curriculum in writing to the school office. All parent and community feedback will be provided to the school board.