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3525 - (IHAM) Health/Physical Education & Exemption from Instruction

3525 (IHAM) Health/Physical Education & Exemption from Instruction 3525 (IHAM)
The School Board shall provide a comprehensive Physical Education and Health Education program for students. It is expected that all students will participate in Physical Education and Health Education classes that are required by the District. Such classes shall reflect the standards in accordance with the New Hampshire School Administrative Rules.

Students may be excused from participation in Physical Education classes upon receipt of a notice from a licensed physician. Temporary excuses from physical education participation may be granted by the principal/designee on a daily basis. The Principal may require a written request from the parents/guardians.

Consistent with state law and Department of Education requirements, health and physical education, including, instruction about parts of the body, reproduction, sexuality education, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and related topics, will be included in the instructional program. Sexuality education shall include instruction relative to abstinence and sexually transmitted infections, as well as gender stereotyping. 

Instruction must be appropriate to grade level, course of study, and development of students and must occur in a systematic manner.  The Superintendent will require that faculty members who present this instruction receive continuing in-service training, which includes appropriate teaching strategies and techniques.

Parents and legal guardians shall be notified by e-mail, or other written means, or phone call, not less than two (2) weeks in advance of use of the curriculum course material to be used for instruction of human sexuality or human sexual education.  Such notice will be delivered via email, other direct written means, or phone call.  To the extent practicable, a school district shall make curriculum course materials available to parents or legal guardians for review upon request. Accordingly, the notice will identify and provide contact information for the Principal or other staff member a parent or guardian should contact to arrange an opportunity to inspect the curriculum course material.
Opt-Out Procedure and Form

Parents/legal guardians, or students over eighteen years of age, who do not want their child to participate in a particular unit of health or sex education instruction for religious reasons or religious objections, are allowed to have their child opt-out of such instruction.  (Note: Per RSA 186:11, IX-c, Parents/legal guardians have
additional opt-out rights under Board policy {3526} IGE.)

Parents/legal guardians who do not want their child to participate in a particular unit of health or for religious reasons must complete a Health and Sex Education Exemption/Objectionable Course Material: Opt-Out Form. Opt-Out Forms are available from either the health education teacher or the Principal.  Opt-out requests must be submitted annually and are valid only for the school year in which they are submitted.
Any student who is exempted by request of the parent/legal guardian under this policy may be given an alternative assignment sufficient to meet state requirements for health education.  The alternative assignment will be provided
by the health or physical education teacher in conjunction with the Principal.

In accordance with the federal Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, as a School District that receives federal Department of Education funds, the Superintendent shall develop procedures to allow the parent/guardian of a
student to inspect any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum for the student.  The procedures will provide reasonable access to instructional material within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.

Legal References:
20 U.S.C §1232h, (c)(1)(C), Protection of Pupil Rights
RSA 186:11, IX, Instruction as to Intoxicants and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
RSA 186:11, IX-b, Health and Sex Education
RSA 186:11, IX-c, Objectionable Course Material
RSA 186:11, IX-e Notice to Parents/Guardian Required
NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.40, Health Education Program
NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.41, Physical Education Program
Adopted: 2/1973
Revised: 6/1975, 9/2001, 1/2008, 9/2010, 11/21/2022
Opt Out Form: