All students in grades 9 and 11 are required to take comprehensive health education at Somerset Berkley Regional High School. The overall goal of the health curriculum is to continue efforts begun in earlier grades to promote the health and well-being of our students, and to help them make wise and informed decisions during their teenage years.
Sexuality education is part of the comprehensive curriculum and includes topics such as puberty, dating, relationships and communication skills, pregnancy, birth control, homosexuality, HIV/AIDS prevention and sexually transmitted infections, and sexual abuse prevention. Some material will contain adult content, given the subject matter. Sexuality education is an important and essential component of our curriculum and was developed in accordance to the Massachusetts Department of Education Health Curriculum Frameworks.
Under Massachusetts law and School Committee policy, you may exempt your child from human sexual education or human sexuality issues. To receive an exemption, please contact your child's guidance counselor. No student who is exempted from this portion of the curriculum will be penalized. We may provide an alternative assignment to students who are exempt.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a positive and educationally enriching experience this school year. If you have any questions about sex education or any other matter concerning your child’s education, please call me. Sincerely, Mr. Joseph Francis, M.Ed. / CAA Athletic Director/Wellness Coordinator