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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Education Programs and Student Services

D-15 (Draft) Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Elementary

Date Sep 2019
Review Sep 2024

Policy Exemptions from Instruction related to the Human Development and Sexual Health Expectations in the Ontario Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Curriculum Grades 1-8, 2019.

The District School Board of Niagara will exempt student(s) at the request of parent(s)/ guardian(s), “from the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations found in strand D of the Ontario Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, Grade 1-8, 2019.” Policy/Program Memorandum No. 162.

The exemptions are limited to instruction related to the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations in a student’s grade.

Parents/Guardians will be informed of the Human Development and Sexual Health expectations in advance of instruction. Parents/guardians will be provided with an option to have their child(ren) exempt from the instruction of the child’s grade’s Human Development and Sexual Health expectations using the DSBN’s standard exemption form issued at the school level. Confirmation of the exemption will be issued by the school administrator prior to instruction.

There will be no academic penalty or assessment for students who are exempt.

Alternative supervision options will be made with the school administration. The child may remain at school (supervised in an alternate location) or be released into the care of the parents/guardians while the expectations are being taught.