Sexual Education for 9th Grade: Opt-Out Reminder

On Tuesday February 5th, 9th grade Da Vinci Science High School students will have the opportunity to see a dramatic performance entitled “What Goes Around.”  This performance is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The play tells the story of five students and how their behavior and connections to each other also connect them to other people who are unknown to them.  The play uses visual monitors, text messaging, cellular and computer technology to better reach its audience and to clearly illustrate its message: there are epidemic rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the high school age group.

“What Goes Around” provides health information about STDs in a topical way.  Students hear the facts and myths about STDs and see how the choices they make have a lasting impact on the lives of other people. The 60 minute play is followed by a 15 minute response session in which the actor-educators answer audience questions about sexually transmitted diseases.  The key message points of “What Goes Around” are:

  • The option of abstinence
  • The importance of testing
  • Prevention

Because the play involves sexual education, it is necessary that each parent/guardian know they can “opt out”. Any student not attending the assembly will be assigned to an alternate location for the duration of the play on Tuesday, February 5th.

For more information about the play you can visit their website: http://xnet.kp.org/etp/scal/std_prevention/index.html and/or view the Program information sheet: https://etsoutherncalifornia.kaiserpermanente.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-2018-STD-Prevention-Program-Info-Sheet.pdf

If you wish your student to “opt out” of participating in the play, please submit a written note or email to the front office, by Friday February 1st, 2019.

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