Teen Talk for Middle School

Teen Talk for Middle School
teen talkingAs part of the 2016 California Healthy Youth Act, the Mountain View Whisman School District is required to provide 8th grade students with both sexual health education and HIV prevention education.  
 
The District now uses Teen Talk Middle School. Teen Talk Middle School is an 8-10 hour course developed by Health Connected, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. Based in Redwood City, Health Connected has been providing this human growth and development curriculum for most of the schools in San Mateo County for many years. The Teen Talk Middle School program was developed in accordance with the California Health Education Content Standards for “Growth, Development and Sexual Health” and reflects the most current requirements outlined in California Educational Code.

Students in eighth grade will participate in the program during the school day over a two-week period during the school year. Crittenden Middle School is scheduled from January 22-February 2 and Graham Middle School is scheduled from February 26-March 9. The classes will be taught by trained health educators from Health Connected. Your child’s classroom teacher will be present to support both the presenters and students throughout the entire program. Topics will include: prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and AIDS, birth control with an emphasis on abstinence, gender and sexual identity, reproductive anatomy and physiology, healthy relationships, sexual safety and the law, negotiation and refusal skills, and many more useful topics for teens to maintain healthy relationships and bodies. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to discuss class information with parents and ask questions.

The District will hold a parent information and preview night for the materials. Health educators from Health Connected and our District nurses will provide an overview of the Teen Talk Middle School course and materials on Monday, October 9th, 6:00pm, Graham School Multi Use Room, 1175 Castro Street. This preview is for parents only and Spanish interpretation will be provided (child care will not be available).
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