Health Care Program

Appalachian State University Academy at Elkin Health Care Program 

I. Introduction

The Appalachian State University Academy at Elkin (the “Academy”) is committed to a sound, comprehensive health education program that provides students with accurate information and encourages them to be responsible for their own health and behavior.  The comprehensive health education program provided by the Academy will meet the requirements of state law and the objectives established by the State Board of Education.  

II. Policy Scope

This policy shall apply to all students of the Academy. 

III. Definitions 

3.1Parent(s) - Includes parents, legal guardians, and legal custodians of students who are under 18 years old and who have not been emancipated. 

IV. Policy Statements 

4.1 Comprehensive Health Education Program

4.1.1 A comprehensive health education program must be taught to students from kindergarten through ninth grade.  As required by law, the health education program must include age-appropriate instruction on bicycle safety, nutrition, dental health, environmental health, family living, consumer health, disease control, growth and development, first aid and emergency care, mental and emotional health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, and reproductive health and safety education.  

4.1.2 Instruction on gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality will not be included in the health education program in kindergarten through fourth grade.

4.2 Parental Opportunities to Review Materials and Withhold Consent for Student Participation

4.2.1 Each year before students participate in reproductive health and safety education or in other separate instruction on the prevention of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, or the avoidance of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, the Principal or designee shall notify parents of the opportunity to review the materials and objectives that will be used in instruction.  

4.2.2 The Principal or designee shall also notify parents of the right to withhold or withdraw consent for their child’s participation in all reproductive health and safety education instruction or in specific topics such as STDs, the effectiveness and safety of contraceptive methods, awareness of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and sex trafficking prevention and awareness.   Any parent wishing to withhold consent must do so in writing to the Principal.

4.3 Standards for Instruction

4.3.1 With regard to reproductive health and safety education, teachers shall follow the instructional objectives and only use the age-appropriate materials that have been made available to parents for review in accordance with this policy.  Information conveyed during instruction will be objective and based upon scientific research that is peer-reviewed and accepted by professionals and credentialed experts in the field of sexual health education or other fields authorized by law.

4.3.2 A determination of what is an appropriate education for a student with disabilities must be made in accordance with the student’s individualized education plan, following all procedures as provided in the North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities. 

V. Authority

G.S. 115C art. 9; 115C-36, -76.25(a)(1), -76.35(b)(5), -76.40, -76.55, -81.25, -81.30; Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, State Board of Education Policy EXCP-000; State Board of Education Policy SCOS-007 

VI. Original Effective Date

November 6, 2023