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Central Okanagan Public Schools
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Sexual Health Education

Introduction

The Sexual Health Education program provides instruction to students in grade 4 through 10 on a variety of topics related to the physical and social changes of puberty, healthy relationships, diversity, sexual decision making and personal safety.  

Program Goals:
1.  To provide students in grades 4 through 10 with an opportunity to receive accurate, relevant, and updated information and resources about adolescent sexuality based on BC Ministry of Education Physical and Health Education curriculum.
2.  For students to have an opportunity to gain the knowledge necessary to make informed choices about their sexual health and and have an opportunity to develop an awareness of the positive and negative outcomes that may arise as the result those choices.
3.  To create a comfortable, safe, inclusive, and respectful coeducational classroom climate and enable discussion of a range of topics dealing with adolescent sexuality and relationships.

Central Okanagan Public School Sexual Health Education teachers present content to students in grades 4 through 10. 

    • Grade 4 students receive approximately 1.25 hours of instruction.
      • Body safety and touch
      • Names and location of external reproductive body parts
      • Puberty changes
    • Grade 5 students receive approximately 3 hours of instruction.
      • Puberty changes
      • Biologically male and female reproductive anatomy -internal and external
      • Body safety, consent and boundaries
    • Grade 6 students receive approximately 4 hours of instruction.
      • Puberty changes
      • Biologically male and female reproductive anatomy - internal and external
      • Conception and Pregnancy
      • Sexual safety and STI's - what to do if you see condom/needle
    • Grade 7 students receive approximately 3.5 hours of instruction
      • Puberty/reproductive system review
      • Sexual harassment 
      • Diversity
    • Grade 8 - students receive approximately 4-5 hours of instruction
      • Sexually transmitted infections and prevention
      • Healthy sexual decision making for the future
      • Healthy vs Unhealthy relationships
      • Sexual consent
    • Grade 9 - students receive approximately 4-5 hours of instruction
      • Healthy sexual decision making
      • Reproductive anatomy review
      • Birth control and STI prevention methods
      • Pregnancy options
      • Sexual consent
    • Grade 10 students receive approximately 2.5 hours of instruction each.
      • Reproductive health and doctors visits
      • Review of previous topics (STI's and birth control)
      • Reliable Resources