Sexual Health Education

  • Sexual Health Education is an important part of the BPS Comprehensive Health Education program for PreK through Grade 12. Classes are taught by qualified, trained teachers and address the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of human sexuality at a level appropriate to the age of the students. The curriculum includes education about sexual and gender identity and is inclusive of all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students. The program is designed to help students maintain sexual health by developing healthy relationships, delaying sexual activity, preventing disease and pregnancy, and reducing risky sexual behaviors. The lessons may include these topics:

    • Adolescent growth and development, including the changes throughout puberty
    • How to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships
    • How communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS) are spread and how to prevent their spread 
    • Health enhancing behaviors and behaviors which pose risks to good health 
    • Responsible decision making, including reducing sexual health-related risk behaviors 
    • Resisting negative peer pressure 
    • Effective ways to say “no” to risky behaviors 
    • Respecting the right to privacy of self and others.

    BPS SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION: PreK-12 Overview

    Skills Taught Throughout PreK-12 Programming

    • Goal Setting
    • Decision Making
    • Health Literacy
    • Analyzing Influences of family, peers, media and technology on health behaviors
    • Health Advocacy for self, family and others
    • Interpersonal Communication & Refusal Skills
    • Accessing Valid Information, Products and Services to enhance health
  • Grades PreK-2

    • Healthy Relationships
    • Personal Boundaries and Safety
    • Different Kinds of Families 
    • Understanding Emotions 
    • Gender Roles and Identity
    • Healthy Habits
    • Bullying Prevention
  • Grades 3-5

    • Healthy Relationships 
    • Consent/Boundary Setting
    • Puberty/Hygiene 
    • Germs & the Immune System
    • Needle Safety 
    • Sexual Harassment 
    • Gender and Advertising 
    • Staying Safe Online  
    • Bullying Prevention
  • Grades 9-12

    • Healthy Relationships 
    • Consent/Boundary Setting
    • Gender Identity / Orientation /Expression
    • Teen Dating Violence
    • Sexual Exploitation
    • STD Risk Reduction
    • Protection Methods and Condoms
    • Accessing Health Resources
  • Materials for health classes include: Michigan Model for Health, HealthSmart for Comprehensive Health Education; Healthy Relationships, Personal Boundaries and Safety, PreK-Grade 3 & Healthy and Safe Body Unit, Grades 4-5 (BPS Health & Wellness); Rights, Respect, Responsibility (Advocates for Youth); Making Proud Choices; and Get Real for Sexual Health Education.