Bonnie Lake Courier-Herald (11.04.2013)
The Bonney Lake Courier-Herald reported that Washington’s Sumner School District will hold a parent “Prevention Curriculum Review Night” on November 14. The district requires parents who want their children to take the HIV/STD curriculum to look over the materials and sign off that they have done so. "This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content at each grade level, preview teaching materials, and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom," according to a statement issued by the district. The school district uses the KNOW Curriculum, a sexual health education program developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The district provides health and human development materials for grades 4–5, and HIV/STD prevention materials to grades 6–12. According to the Washington State Department of Health, gonorrhea cases have risen by 34 percent in the past year. Prevention education aims to help young adults avoid the risk of contracting STDs.