PARENTS CAN EXEMPT CHILDREN FROM SEX ED PORTION OF NEW HEALTH AND PHYS ED CURRICULUM: FORD GOVERNMENT

Aug 21, 2019

By Jane Brown

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Supporting students and respecting parents is the focus of the Ford PC’s new 2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum.

The Tories say it has been updated to reflect public feedback, research and advice from experts.

Cyber safety and security is the focus of the new sex education curriculum in Ontario.

The province is introducing an enhanced and inclusive Health and Physical Education curriculum for Grades 1-8 that relates to the everyday experiences of students. It provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to lead safe, healthy, and active lives. As a result of these enhancements, the elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum will make Ontario a leader in teaching students about:

Mental Health, including Social-Emotional Learning Skills
Concussions
The effects and consequences of vaping and cannabis
Cyber safety, including bullying prevention and digital privacy
Healthy eating and body image
Healthy relationships, including consent

The government has issued a policy/program memorandum that requires boards to develop a policy/procedure allowing parents to exempt their child from instruction of the sexual health education component of the elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum.

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