Hawaii State DOE
Board of Education Policy 103.5
Sexual Health Education Policy
In order to help students make decisions that promote healthy behaviors, the Department of Education shall provide sexual health education to include age appropriate, medically accurate, health education that: (1) Includes education on abstinence, contraception, and methods of infection prevention to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection, including human immunodeficiency virus; (2) Helps students develop relationships and communication skills to form healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection and are free from violence, coercion and intimidation; (3) Helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and stress management to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships; (4) Encourages student to communicate with their parents, guardians and/or other trusted adults about sexuality; and (5) Informs students of available community resources. Instruction will emphasize that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest way to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, and consequent emotional distress.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  What curriculum do we use at AMS?

Your child’s health education will include an age appropriate abstinence based unit on human sexuality and HIV prevention using various curriculums including “Making a Difference” and “  This unit is based on building personal and social skills to promote respectful relationships and sexual health and responsibility.  First and foremost, this unit will instruct students that abstinence is the surest and most responsible way to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexual transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and consequent emotional distress.  Additional topics will include:
  • Goal-setting, decision making and refusal skills.
  • The male and female anatomies and their processes and changes associated with puberty, development, and reproduction.
  • The human function of reproduction, and the biological influences on sexual behavior.
  • Compare and contrast various methods of contraception.
  • Discuss sexually transmitted infections: types, causes, and effects.
  • Provide youth with information on and skill development in the use of protective devices and methods for the purpose of preventing sexually transmitted diseases in accordance with Hawaii Board of Education Policy 103.5 Comprehensive Health Curriculum.  
Program Description: Making a Difference 
Grades: 6 – 8­a­difference was developed by Ph.D.s Loretta and John Jermott, III and Konstance McCaffree and is distributed by Select Media. "Making A Difference!" An Abstinence Approach to Prevention of STDs, HIV and Teen Pregnancy is an eight­module curriculum that provides young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, and pregnancy by abstaining from sex. It is based on cognitive behavioral theories, focus groups, and the researchers' extensive experience working with youth. "Making A Difference!" is an adaptation and extension of the original "Be Proud! Be Responsible!" curriculum in that it integrates STD, HIV and pregnancy prevention. The goal of "Making A Difference!" is to empower young adolescents to change their behavior in ways that will reduce their risk of pregnancy and HIV or other STD infection. Specifically, this curriculum emphasizes that young adolescents should postpone sexual activity and that practicing abstinence is the only way to eliminate the risk for pregnancy and STDs, including HIV.

Program Description:
Grades: K ­ 12 is developed by HealthTeacher, Inc. HealthTeacher is an online resource of health education tools including lessons, interactive presentations and additional resources to integrate health into any grade K­12 HealthTeacher, Inc. provides students in grades K­12 with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome two serious threats to good health: a lack of physical activity and a void of health literacy. HealthTeacher, Inc.’s research­based games, apps, and educational resources are designed to engage students and to provide data to measure and quantify their impact. HealthTeacher, Inc.’s K­5 products also work in tandem with two important sets of education standards: the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.

2. Can I review the curriculum beforehand?

Yes. Parents may set up an appointment with the teacher to review the health curriculum or lessons.

3.  What if I want to opt-out of the Health course?

To opt-out of the health program, complete Page 5 of the syllabus and submit it to the front office.    Your child's grade will not be negatively affected.  However, your child will be required to complete an alternative assignment that relates to the class and is consistent with assignments required of all students in the class.

 pdf icon - Health Syllabus with Opt-Out Form (Opt-Out Form on Page 5)
                Download and Print Page 5 for the Opt-Out letter. 
 Complete and return the form to the front office.

Click here for a printable PDF version of the document below