Dear 7th, 9th and 10th grade Versailles Parents,
The Darke County Pregnancy Help Center (DCPHC) is committed to partnering with parents, educators and communities in empowering students with truth, facts and medically accurate data to achieve healthy lifestyles and healthy relationships. DCPHC partners with 7 schools throughout Darke County by presenting in middle schools and high schools. I Decide for Me is a respected and trusted curriculum which aids educators in meeting many State Health Education Standards regarding the topic of sexual health. The age-appropriate programming engages students with multi-media, interactive presentations which challenge students to explore the choices and consequences of sexual decision making. Based on the facts presented, students will be empowered to make healthy choices which will result in living a life of sexual integrity. Every student deserves to know they are valuable, worth protecting and worth respecting.
Each IDFM curriculum encompasses age appropriate key components which factually address choices and consequences by:
Teaching that abstaining from sexual activity until marriage is the healthiest lifestyle choice
Teaching a holistic perspective (physical, emotional, mental, ethical, and social)
Teaching students to identify and discuss key topics with trusted, go-to adults
Teaching the importance of self imposed, preset boundaries
Teaching students by use of multimedia, interactive and engaging presentations
IDFM Middle School curriculum is a 3 day program that builds on key foundational skills of fact finding, decision making and boundary setting related to the medical model of health and sexual integrity. The concept of forward thinking is developed by teaching that lifestyle outcomes are dependent on current health choices. This program explores the persuasiveness of social media and the entertainment industry on the decision making process, as well as the social and emotional influences. The identification of healthy, trusted adults is also reaffirmed.
IDFM High School curriculum is a 3 day program which aids students in identifying long term goals and gives them concrete illustrations to achieve those goals. Media exposure and portrayal of relationships are analyzed. Teen pregnancy rates and Sexually Transmitted Infection rates are discussed along with the immeasurable holistic consequences of intimacy outside of marriage. This program gives students hope for a solid, healthy future, regardless of past choices.
Visit the I Decide for Me website at http://www.idecideforme.com/ to find more details on the curriculum covered at each level.
This program is scheduled for Versailles 7th grade (MS curriculum) and 9th & 10th grade (HS curriculum) starting next week. Each grade will be divided into two sessions (3 days each) during the student's study hall. The first session will start on Monday Oct 19th and the second, Tuesday Oct27th.
*If you feel as a parent that your child is not ready to discuss these topics, please let Tracy Cordonnier, School Nurse know ASAP, so that they can be redirected to other activities at that time. We encourage you to have conversations with your children about these topics as well. Thank you for allowing us to arm the youth with knowledge, so that they can make healthy decisions for themselves.
The I Decide for Me website addresses Indiana School’s requirements for health curriculum but it does not give reference to Ohio Schools. This program is being offered as a method of providing the required Health curriculum for Ohio Revised Code 3313.60. In the past, the School Nurse touched on these areas with students but recently selected this program as a more effective method of covering the content.