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Public hearings set for proposed revisions to 5th grade HIV/AIDS instructional unit

The Northville Public Schools Board of Education will host two public hearings for school parents and community members to comment on the district’s proposed fifth grade HIV/AIDS instructional unit and materials. The district previously provided the state-mandated HIV/AIDS instruction in third grade.

The recommended HIV/AIDS instructional unit for Northville fifth graders focuses on defining HIV and AIDS; explaining that it is safe to be friends with someone living with HIV/AIDS; and describing the ways individuals can protect themselves from infection with a serious blood borne communicable disease. The unit also includes the video AIDS: Facts for Kids, 2009 (10:16 minutes). The proposed curriculum, along with the unit materials and video have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate teachers and elementary principals, along with the district’s Health Advisory Board, comprised of parents of children attending Northville schools, as well as district educators, a high school student, local clergy, and community health professionals, as required by law. The materials and video has also been approved by the District Curriculum Council.

The next step in the curriculum review process is to offer parents and community members the opportunity to review and comment on the unit curriculum and materials, including the video, prior to Board of Education consideration during the preview opportunities and public hearings noted below:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6:00-6:30 p.m., with a preview opportunity from 5:45-6:00 p.m.

(Prior to the Board Policy Subcommittee Meeting)

Northville Public Schools Board of Education Office (Room 302)

501 West Main Street

Northville, MI 48167

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Board of Education Meeting

7:00 p.m. (with a preview opportunity from 6:30-6:45 p.m.)

Hillside Middle School Forum

775 North Center Street

Northville, MI 48167

In addition to the times noted above, school parents and community members may preview the proposed video prior to the public hearings on the following date, time and location:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

9:30 a.m.

Winchester Elementary School

16141 Winchester Drive

Northville, MI 48168

Following the second public hearing opportunity, the fifth-grade HIV/AIDS health unit and instructional materials recommendation will be brought forward for Board consideration at the April 11, 2017 Board of Education meeting. If approved by the Board, the new curriculum and materials will be used as part of the fifth-grade health lesson for students beginning this school year. Written parent permission is required for students to participate in the HIV/AIDS health lesson.

For questions about the curriculum and materials or the preview opportunities, contact Teresa Osterhoff at 248-344-3538 or OsterhTe@NorthvilleSchools.org.