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Comprehensive Health

As more and more DPS schools commit to including Comprehensive Health Education within their academic offerings, we’ve created this website to support those efforts. We hope you are able to gain a clear understanding of what Comprehensive Health Education is and the supports and resources that are available to you. We are excited you are here! Please contact any member of our health team for more information.

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Helping Students Master Health Skills for Life

Comprehensive Health Education is a recommended academic subject for all DPS students. Through board policy ADF-R, the DPS Board recommends that health instruction be offered, at a minimum, in ECE, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th grades. There are seven health skills, as identified by the National Health Standards, that support the mental, physical, social and emotional health of our students as they transition into adulthood.

These seven skills are: 

  1. Goal Setting
  2. Analyzing Influences
  3. Accessing Information
  4. Interpersonal Communication
  5. Decision Making
  6. Self Management
  7. Advocacy

Comprehensive Sex Education in DPS

Comprehensive Sex Education is embedded in our Comprehensive Health Education curriculum. There are three Colorado laws that DPS schools must follow when they teach comprehensive sex education. 

  1. HB-1292 states that if you teach sex education then it must be comprehensive sex education which means; medically accurate, age-appropriate, skills based and culturally sensitive.
  2. HB-1081 requires that parents/guardians be informed of the content included in comprehensive sex education and are given the opportunity to have their student opt-out of the curriculum. 
  3. HB-1032 states that consent as it relates to safe and healthy relationships be included in all curriculum. It prohibits instruction from emphasizing sexual abstinence as the primary or sole acceptable preventive method and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly using shame-based or stigmatizing language. Lastly, it requires the inclusion of the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
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Contact Us

Stefanie Schneider
Comprehensive Health Instruction and Curriculum Specialist

stefanie_schneider@dpsk12.org
720-423-1761

Rose Barcklow
Sex Ed Supervisor

rose_barcklow@dpsk12.org
720-423-1923

Rebekkah Abeyta
Adapted Sex Ed Specialist

rebekkah_abeyta@dpsk12.org
720-423-1782