Sensitive Issues courses are being taught to the grade 5s and 7s on April 8 and 9, 2020. Mr. Martens will be instructing the grade 7 boys, Mr. Penner will be instructing the grade 5 boy sand Mrs. Goertz. will be teaching the girls.

Letters will be sent home in the near future to for families to sign and return to homerooms teachers to give permission for your child(ren) to attend these important lessons. Copies of the grade 5 letter and the grade 7 letters are below.

Grade 5 Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,
The Manitoba Physical Education and Health Curriculum encourages physically active and healthy lifestyles. As per provincial requirements, the Physical Education and Health Curriculum for Grade 5 students includes age-appropriate instruction on: Movement, Fitness, Safety, Personal and Social Management, and Healthy Lifestyle Practices.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your child will soon be receiving instruction on Healthy Lifestyle Practices as part of the scheduled curriculum unit for Grade 5 students. Within this unit – your child learns to make healthy decisions related to reproductive health, changes associated with puberty, and avoiding substance use
and abuse. Instructional units covering topics of human sexuality will generally take place in same gender groupings, and will be taught by designated HSD teachers who have received training for delivery of potentially sensitive content.

The teaching and learning activities of potentially sensitive content within the Physical Education and Health Curriculum as taught in HSD, will be based on the principle of informed abstinence – providing students with critically important information regarding their health and safety while holding up abstinence as a defensible and
appropriate choice in all sensitive issues, including sexuality, and substance use and abuse.

The Hanover School Division respects the role of parents/guardians as the primary educators of their own children, particularly on topics that may be deemed sensitive. We trust that with careful preparation, open dialogue, and age appropriate teaching – we can assist parents/guardians in educating their children to make healthy and safe
choices as early adolescents.

Parents/guardians with questions, concerns, or wishing to preview any materials or videos, are encouraged to contact the school office. Additional information regarding the Physical Education and Health Curriculum can be viewed on the Manitoba Education and Training website at:
http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/mychild/grade5_phys.html

Grade 7 Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,
The Manitoba Physical Education and Health Curriculum encourages physically active and healthy lifestyles. As per provincial requirements, the Physical Education and Health Curriculum for Grade 7 students include age-appropriate instruction on: Movement, Fitness, Safety, Personal and Social Management, and Healthy Lifestyle Practices.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that your child will be receiving instruction on Healthy Lifestyle Practices as part of the scheduled curriculum unit for Grade 7 students. Within this curriculum – your child learns to make healthy decisions related to substance use or abuse, developing relationships, and responsible sexual behaviour.
(Instructional units covering topics of human sexuality will generally take place later in the school year, in same-gender groupings, and will be taught by designated HSD teachers who have received training for delivery of potentially sensitive content. Information in regards to when those specific classes will be held will be shared with
parents/guardians prior to the arranged classes.)

The teaching and learning activities of potentially sensitive content within the Physical Education and Health Curriculum as taught in HSD, will be based on the principle of informed abstinence – providing students with critically important information regarding their health and safety while holding up abstinence as a defensible and
appropriate choice in all sensitive issues, including sexuality, and substance use and abuse.

The Hanover School Division respects the role of parents/guardians as the primary educators of their own children, particularly on topics that may be deemed sensitive. We trust that with careful preparation, open dialogue, and age-appropriate teaching – we can assist parents/guardians in educating their children to make healthy and safe
choices as early adolescents.

Parents/guardians with questions, concerns, or wishing to preview any materials or videos, are encouraged to contact the school office. Additional information regarding the Physical Education and Health Curriculum can be viewed on the Manitoba Education and Training website at: http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/mychild/grade7_phys.html

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