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    School Health Education Task Force

    Seattle Public Schools is seeking community and staff participation in the School Health Education Task Force.

    This task force will provide guidance and support to the District Health Education office through review of materials, supports, and program implementation to ensure students are receiving effective health education.

    The task force will address issues related to mental health, reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, supporting LGBTQ students, social and emotional learning, anti-bullying, substance use prevention, safe and supportive environments, family life, healthy relationship skills, including consent, STD/HIV prevention, and related topics.

    Role of the Task Force Members

    Responsibilities of Task Force Members

    • Attend all scheduled meetings
    • Assist in reviewing materials
    • Contribute to the group’s work
    • Participate in subcommittee work, as needed

    Role of the Task Force

    The role of the School Health Education (SHE) Task Force is to support the district by reviewing policies, procedures, curricula, and training materials that address issues related to mental health, reproductive health, pregnancy prevention, supports for LGBTQ students, social and emotional learning, anti-bullying, substance use prevention, safe and supportive environments, family life, healthy relationship skills including consent, STD/HIV prevention, and related topics in our schools. Our goal is to provide ongoing and evaluative feedback to the Health Education Office, School Board and Superintendent to ensure all students receive the highest quality health education.

    The School Health Education Task Force will carry out four phases of work.

    1. Develop a Vision for Health Education: The SHE Task Force will draft a mission and vision statement to for the district’s Health Education Office. The task force will review existing health related policies, procedures, and curricula. The SHE Task Force will also serve as the HIV materials review committee and support best practices related to HIV prevention education as mandated by Washington State from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
    2. Standards Rollout: The SHE Task Force will review Health Education Standards set forth by OSPI and work to build a strategic roll out of those standards into curriculum supports and lessons district-wide.
    3. Program Implementation: The SHE Task Force will review effectiveness of program implementation and provide recommendations for programming support across the district, including specific feedback on community engagement messages and outreach methods, potential areas of risk, professional development, resource and central office support needs.
    4. Engagement Review: The SHE Task Force will review research and best practices for parent-child engagement. The task force will provide recommendations for strategic dissemination of information and guides to support parent-child relationships and sexual health related conversations.

    Contact us

    Brennon Ham

    Health Education Specialist

    brham@seattleschools.org

    Key dates and meeting schedule

    Applications for task force membership were due May 3, 2019.

    Meetings will be held on the third Thursdays of each month at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence. Length of commitment will be annual with the potential of applying for additional terms. Terms, meeting expectations and bylaws will be discussed at the first meeting.

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