Harrison Township School District Explorers
In recent months, the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards have been receiving increased attention. Every public school district in New Jersey is required to adopt and teach a Health and Physical Education curriculum aligned to the NJSLS. However, the curriculum and instructional resources that are used to meet these standards is a local decision made by each district, based on its own local curriculum development and review process.
The Harrison Township School District has begun the process of revising our Health and Physical Education curriculum. Throughout this time, the administrative team was able to listen and discuss these topics with many parents through phone and in-person conversations as well as through communications at board of education meetings. The district welcomes these conversations around the standards, and rest assured that this feedback has been used to guide our process as we navigate through how to best meet the needs of our community while meeting the state standards.
The district believes that parents play an important role in supporting their child’s health and learning, and we respect parents’ personal choices concerning their child’s health education. To that end, the district would like to provide parents with the following important information.
Parents will be given the opportunity to express how certain standards included in the Pregnancy & Parenting Unit, Social & Sexual Health Unit, and Personal Growth & Development Unit are presented to their child. For these topics, parents and/or guardians may:
Opt their child out of these topics and lessons
Choose to collect resources from the district and present the information to their child themselves.
Attend an educational evening session with their child where the information will be taught
The aforementioned domains included topics brought to our attention as a concern by many of our families. They do not include all of the requierd CHPE standards. Parents may review the full 2020 NJSLS for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education here.
- K-3 Comprehensive Health Unit Plans (pending board approval)
- 4-6 Comprehensive Health Unit Plans (pending board approval)
It is our hope that our community waits until the entirety of the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education curriculum is board approved prior to making any decisions. However, please know that an opt-out form will be communicated in advance of lessons being taught once the curriculum is board approved. This will allow parents to opt-out of the aforementioned topics in the Comprehensive Health & Physical Education sections of the curriculum.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Curriculum should you have any questions or need additional clarification.