HIV/STD Prevention, Teen Pregnancy Prevention & Sexual Health EducationOur aim is to reduce instances of HIV/STD and pregnancy among our youth. Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) requires comprehensive health education which incorporates both sex education and disease prevention and includes language on the awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy. Specific content in any subject matter is determined by local school district policy which gives districts the latitude to determine the type of family life (sexual health education) program that is implemented.Duval County Public Schools is proud to offer Abstinence-Plus programs. Abstinence-Plus programs emphasize the benefits of abstinence; includes informational about non-coital sexual behavior, contraception, and disease prevention methods. Prior to students receiving any Sexual Education instructions, Parent Notification Letters are distributed by the classroom teacher.
Middle School Sexual Education CurriculumMiddle School Sexual Education lessons are taught using Draw the Line/Respect the Line curriculum. Draw the Line/Respect the Line is a 3-year evidence-based curriculum that promotes abstinence by providing students in grades 6, 7 and 8 with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, other STD and pregnancy. Using an interactive approach, the program shows students how to set personal limits and meet challenges to those limits. Lessons also include the importance of respecting others’ personal limits.
Draw the Line/Respect the Line is designed to be used either by a classroom teacher or trained family life educator in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The aim of the program is to reduce the number of students who initiate or have sexual intercourse, and to increase condom use among students who are sexually active. Using a fun, interactive approach, Draw the Line/Respect the Line shows students how to set personal limits and meet challenges to those limits. The curriculum also includes activities for students to do with their families.
- In grade 6, the emphasis is on non-sexual situations in which youth may experience pressure, for example, to steal, use alcohol or smoke. The lessons feature limit setting and refusal skills in these contexts. Parent-child communication activities include discussion of cultural and family values and pressure situations for young people. Grade 6 has 5 lessons.
- In grade 7, pressures regarding sexual intercourse are considered. The lessons feature short-term consequences of unplanned sex, information about STD and how to apply refusal skills in a party context. Parent-child communication activities include discussion of intentions to avoid having sex and getting out of risky situations. Grade 7 has 7 lessons.
- In grade 8, the lessons feature an HIV-positive speaker, practicing refusal skills in dating situations, and a condom demonstration. Parent-child communication activities include discussion of HIV and its impact on those who are affected by HIV. Grade 8 has 7 lessons.
The program is delivered through role play, mini-lectures, brainstorming, games, small group work, an anonymous question box, and videos.
The curriculum is based on numerous principles:
- Not having sex is the healthiest sexual limit for students in middle school.
- Students can set sexual limits.
- Students can be motivated to maintain their limits.
- Students will encounter challenges to maintain their limits.
- Students can overcome challenges to their limits.
- Students who respect the limits of others will be less coercive.
- Each student has unique needs, and condom use is essential protection for those who are sexually active.