Family Life Education

The Newport News Public Schools Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum is taught in grades K-12. Lessons include age-appropriate instruction in family and community relationships, assertiveness and safety skills, abstinence education, the value of postponing sexual activity, human sexuality and human reproduction, and the prevention and effects of sexually transmitted infections. Instruction is designed to promote parental involvement, foster positive self-esteem, and provide coping mechanisms for dealing with peer pressure and stressors related to the developmental stages and abilities of the students.

Newport News Public Schools believes that it is important to provide age-appropriate and accurate information to students so that every child can make healthy life decisions. This is best accomplished through a partnership among students, parents, schools, and the community.

Parents have the right to review the complete FLE curricula, including all supplemental materials used in any FLE program. Copies of the curricula and supplemental materials are available for review in all elementary, middle, and high school media centers.

Parents may remove their child(ren) from any FLE lessons at a particular grade level and alternative, non-FLE lessons will be made available to those students. If a parent chooses to remove their child(ren) from any FLE lessons, the school should be notified in writing.