Family Life Education

  • The Code of Virginia requires that all schools in the commonwealth develop curriculum for comprehensive family life education. The instruction shall be designed to promote parental involvement, foster positive self concepts and provide mechanisms for coping with peer pressure and the stresses of modern living according to the students’ developmental stages and abilities.


    “Opt Out” Procedure - The regulations governing Family Life Programs, which were adopted by the Virginia State Board of Education, require that, an “Opt Out” procedure be established in which parents may elect for their children to be excused from all or part of the program.  In Spotsylvania County Schools, a Parent/Community Involvement Team identified broad objectives for the program.  Parents may opt their children out of any activities associated with these objectives.  Copies of objectives for each grade level are available at each school, and parents are encouraged to discuss these with their child’s teacher at the elementary school or the health/PE teacher at the middle and high schools.  Every effort has been made to select instructional materials and activities that reflect traditional family values our community can support.  However, if parents wish their children to be excused from all or part of the program, they may complete the opt out form obtained from the teacher or this website.  

    Opt Out Forms - Use the links below to download the apporpriate Family Life Education Opt Out form:

    Family Life Standards of Learning - Use this link to view the VDOE Family Life Guidlines & Standards. Please visit the Virginia Department of Education’s website for more details regarding family life education or other standards of learning content.


    Family Life Video Resources - Use the links below to view Family Life Video Resources:

    • Family Life Video on website
    • Proctor & Gamble has several videos available to view on their website (Always Changing & Growing Up - Boys Puberty Education Video & Always Changing & Growing Up - Girls Puberty Education Video)