IGAH: Sexual Health Education

I: Instructional

Sexual Health Education is an established component of the school health curriculum in B.C.  Vancouver schools deliver sexual health education in a variety of ways. Some teachers deliver lessons in the classroom, using a variety of resources. Others have school health nurses or community-based sexual health educators offer presentations for students and/or parents. The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) is committed to ensuring that our students receive high quality, developmentally appropriate and comprehensive sexual health education, whatever the delivery method.

The VBE Standards and Guidelines for Implementation of Sexual Health Education provides school administrators and teachers from Kindergarten to Grade 12 with a unifying set of standards and guidelines that will:

  • address curriculum (e.g. Health and Career Education, Planning 10, Family  Management)
  • assist schools in choosing appropriate resources;
  • guide teachers and other classroom presenters in facilitating this learning in a safe and respectful classroom environment;
  • enhance parents’ confidence in the sexual health education provided in our schools. 

The Board recognizes that effective school based sexual health education must have a strong foundation that includes the following principles:

  • A respectful environment
  • A ‘culture’ that supports healthy sexual development
  • Clear standards and guidelines to assist teachers in the classroom
  • Training for teachers
  • Sufficient classroom time 

In keeping with these principles, the Vancouver Board of Education has established the following standards for the implementation of sexual health education in Vancouver schools. 

1.   Accessible to all

2.   Comprehensive in scope

3.   Reflective of current best practice

4.   Delivered ethically

5.   Supported by District and Community

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Cross References: 
IGAI: Sex Education; IKF: Graduation Requirements
Adopted Date: 
Monday July 19, 1976
Revision Date: 
Sep 1998
Sep 1994
Apr 2010