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PSD Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE)


Sexual health curriculum

In response to the threat of HIV to our population, the 1988 Washington State Legislature mandated that a program of prevention education be presented to students yearly, beginning with the fifth grade.

For our HIV/AIDS prevention education, the Peninsula School District adopted the KNOW curriculum developed by OSPI for Grade 5 and the FLASH curriculum created by the King County Department of Health for Grades 6-8. These curricula were adopted with the involvement of educators, parents, and community members. They provide a science-based understanding of the AIDS virus and how it is transmitted. Lessons will be taught by teachers at our schools.

HIV and AIDS Curriculum

The Washington State law (AIDS Omnibus Bill, RCW 28A.230.070) states, “The life-threatening dangers of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and its prevention shall be taught in the public schools of this state. AIDS prevention education shall be limited to the discussion of the life-threatening dangers of the disease, its spread, and prevention.”

Parent(s) or guardian(s) will receive a 30-day notice from their school with the specific dates the KNOW and FLASH curriculum will be taught in the school. By clicking on the links at the bottom of this page, families can access the KNOW and FLASH curriculum online. If you are unable to access the materials online, please contact your child's teacher. 

In accordance with the AIDS Omnibus Bill, no student is required to participate in AIDS prevention education. Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of this learning by digitally signing the opt out form linked below. 

HIV/AIDS & CSHE Opt-Out Form