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    District Introducing Health Education Standards for Self Identity
    Posted on 11/01/2017

    Seattle Public Schools Introducing K-5 Gender Book Kit to Support Teachers Health Education Curriculum

    In response to students' needs, Seattle Public Schools is introducing new state health education standards for self identity in several elementary schools this fall.

    The supplementary K-5 gender book kit consists of one or two books and a mini-lesson by grade level that aligns with the state health education standards. This follows a year of work by a district task force to select grade- and age-appropriate books and questions for the K-5 classroom.

    We are dedicated to making our schools welcoming, safe and inclusive. Creating an environment where our students and staff feel respected and valued is part of that promise.

    Discussing gender identity at school does not and should not replace conversations at home. Parents and families are their child's most influential teachers. We hope families use these opportunities to discuss important ideas and belief systems.

    If you have additional questions about this roll out, visit our LBGTQ Programs, Curriculum and Support webpage.

    The book kit and lessons can be viewed at participating schools and at the district office in November. Most of the books are also available through the Seattle Public Library.

    Here is the list of schools participating in the roll out:

    Kimball Elementary
    Van Asselt Elementary
    Graham Hill Elementary
    Alki Elementary
    Pathfinder K-8
    Madrona Elementary
    Queen Anne Elementary
    Green Lake Elementary
    John Rogers Elementary
    Licton Springs K-8
    Whittier Elementary
    McDonald Elementary

    You can read more about health education curriculum in our district on our Health Education Curriculum webpage.