Parent Letter re: Physical & Health Education Curriculum

June 23, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of Langley School District:

In the latest print edition of the Langley Times dated Friday, June 23, 2017, there is some incorrect and inaccurate information regarding the Physical and Health Education Curriculum as it pertains to reproductive and sexual health education and “SOGI Education”. While the print edition contains inaccuracies, the content has been corrected and updated for the Online Edition of the Langley Times here: Langley parents can teach sexual education at home.

First, there is no such thing as “SOGI Education” as a stand-alone, distinct component of curriculum in British Columbia. Rather, discussions of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are interwoven in various areas of curriculum in the same way that multiculturalism, world religions, minorities and social justice are discussed as they pertain to the grade-level subject material.

Second, there is no option to “opt out of SOGI Education” provided in the BC Curriculum. Discussions around these issues, among others, are mandated within the age and grade appropriate curriculum, as set out by the Ministry of Education.

Parents may however, choose to deliver the sexual and reproductive health component of the Physical Health Curriculum on their own and choose to excuse their child from these particular classroom lessons after the necessary arrangements have been made. Details on this Public School Policy for BC parents is available on the Government of British Columbia website here: Alternative Delivery in the Physical and Health Education and Planning 10 Curricula. This option has been available to BC parents for a number of years and though it is mandatory for parents to provide the BC Curriculum, they may choose to address these sensitive topics by means other than a classroom setting.

If you have any questions or concerns about the delivery of sexual and reproductive health education, or any other topic covered in Langley Schools, please approach your school administration to open a mutually respectful dialogue. While navigating the waters of your child’s educational journey may be challenging at times, the District is committed to working together with parents to inspire all learners to reach their full potential and create a positive legacy for the future.

Sincerely,

Gord Stewart,
A/Superintendent of Schools
Langley School District No. 35