5th Grade Puberty Education
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, all 5th-grade DCPS students should receive instruction regarding Puberty Education. All schools are receiving the Always Changing Program provided by P&G School Programs. The goal of the program is to teach preteens about their changing bodies and the beginning stages of puberty. Program content is based on national research and consultation with school nurses, health educators, parents, fifth-grade students and medical professionals.
Prior to lessons being taught, Parent Notification Letters will be distributed to all 5th-grade students. Parents electing to opt their child out of lessons pertaining to HIV prevention and Sexual Health are asked to submit a letter to the principal of the school. Any student that is opted out will be given alternate assignments to complete and an alternate location to attend during the lessons.
This program helps students identify:
- The physical and emotional changes they experience during puberty and acknowledge these changes as a normal part of growth and development.
- That personal hygiene is each individual's responsibility.
- The physiology of their bodies and the correct terminology for parts of the reproductive system.
- The menstrual cycle, what to expect during a period, and how to manage periods while continuing with normal activities.
Students will be separated into single-gender classrooms for all lessons/discussions. Students will be guided through a full lesson, video, discussion of the Reproductive Systems, and general discussion. Students will be provided sample product kits (when available). All materials are available for preview including the lesson guide and videos that are shown to boys and girls as well as downloadable parent materials.