OUR STATEMENT: HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

OUR STATEMENT: HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
 

On behalf of the Trustees of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, we are adding our voices to those across the province expressing concern with the government’s recent decision to eliminate the current sexual education component within the Health and Physical Education curriculum.

We urge the government to complete the further consultations they have announced in this area as soon as possible, and allow the current curriculum to remain in place pending the outcome of these consultations. In addition, we ask that the Minister of Education clarify curriculum expectations for September 2018, with the hope that appropriate and responsive learning materials supporting students’ health and wellness can be maintained.

Youth today need knowledge and skills to respond to the realities, benefits and pressures associated with our rapidly changing, technology driven world. Students need our support in managing the modern risks and challenges of cyber-bullying, sexting, the prevalence of online pornography and other similar issues.

All of these significant areas, as well as critical knowledge regarding the concept of consent and awareness of the names of body parts that safeguard children against sexual abuse by helping them to speak clearly to police, are not contemplated within the 1998 curriculum.

We do not believe that reverting back to that curriculum, for any period of time, is in the best interests of our students.

As we await further direction from the government, we also want to assure the communities we serve of our unwavering commitment to welcoming and responsive school environments for all, including LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff as part of our core values of equity and inclusive education, regardless of the Health and Physical Education curriculum.

We invite parents, families, students, staff or any member of our community who wish to share their perspective on this important issue to contact their Member of Provincial Parliament or the Minister of Education.

Diane Lloyd
Chairperson of the Board