Health Standard Requirements
In Colorado, if school districts decide to adopt the health standard, then they are mandated to meet certain requirements. The curriculum they choose needs to be
- age appropriate
- medically accurate
- culturally sensitive
Additionally, content must include information on all of the following:
- abstinence as the only 100% way to avoid unplanned pregnancy or STI’s
- all birth control methods to include emergency contraception and abortion
- proper condom use
PREP Curricula in Garfield County School Districts
In Garfield County, under the specifications of the Personal Responsibility Education Program, three evidence-based curriculums bring comprehensive sexuality health lessons to students in the Roaring Fork and RE-2 School Districts’ middle and high schools. In addition, three charter schools and the BOCES alternative high school, Yampah Mountain, also deliver PREP classes to their students. These federally approved curricula meet the health standard and House Bill 1081’s requirements.
Garfield County PREP supports schools in their implementation of:
- Draw The Line, Respect the Line (DTL)
- Be Proud! Be Responsible! (BPBR)
- Street Smart
- Love Notes (not the evidence based version)
Students in grades six thru eight receive the Draw The Line lessons designed to build refusal skills in pressure situations while keeping the friendship intact. High school students continue to gain prevention knowledge and reinforce skill building with Be Proud! Be Responsible! classes and earn Health credit during their freshman or sophomore year. Street Smart is offered to students attending Bridges or Yampah Mountain High Schools and provides additional support in dealing with drug and alcohol use, managing emotions and improving communication. Love Notes, a healthy relationship curriculum, is also offered to students of Yampah Mountain High School as part of adulthood preparedness.
Trained teachers and staff are a great pregnancy prevention resource to provide medically accurate, age appropriate information. The aim is to provide knowledge and additional trusted adult relationships in the school while parents provide the basis for youth to develop their values and beliefs in the home.