Growth & Development
Developmentally appropriate human growth and development education is provided in several courses throughout the Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) health curriculum.
The goals of the BAPS human growth and development presentations are:
- To develop a comfortable and trusting classroom atmosphere so that discussions and learning about development can take place
- To provide accurate information about the physical changes of puberty and to help students develop positive attitudes about their changing bodies
- To encourage and enhance communication between parents and their children
The course content at the elementary and secondary levels includes:
- 4th Grade: School nurses cover basic changes of pre-puberty and puberty with 4th grade girls. During the discussion, the girls will receive the following instruction on the following topics: physical and emotional changes, explanation of menstruation (reproduction is not covered), hygiene and nutrition needs during puberty.
- 5th Grade: Students receive factual information regarding puberty and associated biological and emotional changes. This educational session is provided by the Tulsa City County Health Department, and students are separated by gender during the presentation.
- 6th Grade: Sixth grade growth and development classes contain information about changes that occur during adolescence and include a film and a question and answer session provided by the school nurse. Sixth graders will also receive AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) prevention education in accordance with Oklahoma law. Sixth grade girls and boys are separated for these classes.
- 7th Grade: Seventh grade classes contain in-depth information regarding puberty for each gender. The focus is on abstinence and dealing with peer pressure regarding high risk behaviors. The instruction is provided by the school nurse and is conducted in the presence of both seventh grade girls and boys.
- 8th and 10th Grades: Eighth grade classes contain information regarding the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, with the focus on abstinence. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) prevention education in accordance with Oklahoma law will also be covered. The instruction is provided by the school nurse and is conducted in the presence of both eighth grade girls and boys.
- 12th Grade: Twelfth grade classes contain information regarding prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, with the focus on abstinence. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) prevention education in accordance with Oklahoma law will also be covered. The instruction is provided by the school nurse and is conducted in the presence of both twelfth grade girls and boys.
We, at BAPS, strongly believe that the teaching of human growth and development is primarily the responsibility of parents. The BAPS program is designed to assist parents with that responsibility by presenting a developmentally appropriate, straightforward, fact-based program of instruction. Growth and development curriculum is available for inspection by parents. Please feel free to contact your child’s site nurse for additional information.
Parents may opt out of participation of their children in any classes or events by notifying the school health office in writing prior to the classes being taught. In accordance with state law, a parent preview session for AIDS education materials will be presented in the fall semester. Parents/Guardians will be notified of the AIDS instruction preview date and time, and will be advised of upcoming growth and development class dates as they are scheduled.