The Agency of Education is responsible for helping to increase the awareness of sexual health related information and services that are available to promote student wellness and increase academic success. This includes a variety of health related issues including but not limited to: sexual health, LGBT education, HIV/AIDS and STD education, sexual violence prevention, and healthy relationships.
Vermont Sexual Health & Education Program
In 2013 Vermont received a CDC grant award called “Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention.” The grant was a competitive process, and Vermont was one of only two states out of 26 in our low incidence category to receive the award. The grant was used to create the Vermont Sexual Health & Education Program (V-SHEP).
From 2013-2018 AOE will work with Supervisory Unions and School Districts throughout Vermont to assist them in improving sexual health and education for middle and high school students. There are three main components to this work:
The Agency of Education is partnering with several local and national partners to implement this work including Outright Vermont in Burlington, The Center for Health and Learning in Brattleboro, and Answer, which is a national sexual education organization. Participating Districts and Supervisory Unions:
- Addison NW
- Barre SU
- Chittenden East
- Franklin Central
- Lamoille South
- North Country
- Orange North
- Southwest Vermont
- Washington West
- Windham SE
- National Sexuality Education Standards
- National Sexuality Education Standards Tools
- Building a Foundation for Sexual Health is a K-12 Endeavor
- HIV/AIDS Sample Model Policy
- Webinar: Building a Curriculum Framework for Sustainable Sexual Health Education
The Human Rights Campaign works to ensure LGBT people of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
The National Sexuality Education Standards Set the New Gold Standard for Sexuality Education in Public Schools, released in 2012, were the first-ever national standards for sexuality education in schools provides clear, consistent, and straightforward guidance on the essential minimum, core content for sexuality education that is developmentally and age-appropriate for students in grades kindergarten through grade 12. These standards provide teachers, schools, school districts, and state education agencies with a new national standard—the minimum they need to teach to set students on a path to sexual health and responsible adulthood, and are presented in a user-friendly way.
Email Thomas Aloisi, Sexual Health Coordinator, or cal (802) 479-1869.