Virginia public schools teach a Family Life Education (FLE) program, which starts in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. There are SOL’s for each grade. Parents have the right by Virginia law, since the inception of the program in 1989, to review that entire curriculum and opt-out their child from any lessons in the program. Other commenters here do not seem to be aware of this. So, if you don’t want your child being exposed to this information, just opt them out. But at least find out what it’s all about before you do.
Ok, so knowing that parents can already opt-out of any FLE instruction, including that about human sexuality, why is this new policy needed? At a minimum, why doesn’t this policy mention the FLE program and the existing robust parental notification and opt-out provisions? Is this supplanting that notification and opt-out process or expanding upon it? I feel as if the policy writers are attempting to obscure the fact that parents ALREADY have the right to control the exposure of their children to instruction about sexuality. I believe the legislation was disingenuous and took advantage of the lack of awareness by a large portion of the population as to the existing FLE program and its longstanding policies of parental involvement, review of all materials, and consent.
Given that some policy is going to be required to meet the requirement of the law, let’s make some improvements:
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