Family Life Education

Culpeper County Public Schools

Family Life Education Guide

Important Links:

Family Life Committee (Division)
Virginia Department of Education Standards for Family Life
CCPS Curriculum Guide

Program Overview

In response to the requirements of Section 22.1-207 of the Code of Virginia, Culpeper County Public Schools has implemented a comprehensive, sequential, abstinence-based, age-appropriate Family Life Education curriculum grades K – 10. All Family Life materials will follow the Virginia Standards of Learning Objectives established by the Virginia Department of Education.   The regulations require local school districts to include the following ten topics in their Family Life Education programs:

  • Family living and community relationships
  • The value of postponing sexual activity until marriage
  • Human sexuality
  • Human reproduction and contraception
  • The etiology, prevention and effects of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Stress management and resistance to peer pressure of positive self-concepts and respect for others, including people of other races, ethnicity, religions, and origins
  • Parenting skills
  • Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention
  • Abuse prevention
  • Suicide prevention

In order to provide parents with alternatives, the Virginia state regulations require that an opt-out provision be included for parents to remove their child(ren) from any lesson or all lessons at a particular grade level and that alternative, non-FLE lessons be available to students removed from FLE lessons.  In addition, Culpeper County Public Schools established an advisory committee with broad community representation to review and make recommendations regarding the Family Life Education content.  Please consult the Culpeper County Code of Conduct for further information on the opt-out policy and procedures.

Elementary School

The elementary FLE program is taught by the school guidance counselors and regular classroom teachers.  Outside presentations such as the production titled "Hugs and Kisses" is provided by the Virginia Repertory Theatre and is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Social Services.  The early elementary program emphasizes the importance of families, distinction between good and bad touch, the recognition and avoidance of poisons, the identification of common emergencies and sources of help, the importance of friendships and healthy relationships.


Middle School

The FLE program for students in grades six through eight is taught by health and physical education teachers in gender separate classes.  Human sexuality is first introduced in grade six.  In the human growth and development unit, students learn about the male and female reproductive systems.  Students learn the maturational process, prenatal development and the changes which occur during puberty.  Students study the effects of peer pressures and begin to examine the influence of media on behavior and attitudes.  Students will learn about the development of sexuality as an aspect of total personality as well as the physical, psychological and social changes that occur during adolescence.

Students are also taught that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only way to guarantee the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.  Students will learn about behaviors that put them at risk for substance use and abuse as well as sexually transmitted diseases. 


High School

During ninth and tenth grade health and physical education classes, students continue building on their base of knowledge, regarding substance abuse, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and the skills needed to make health decisions.  Students will study human reproduction in greater depth, including the influence of alcohol and other drugs on fetal development.  They will learn how maturation affects adolescent development and learn to recognize the development of sexuality as a lifelong aspect of personality.  Students are taught that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only way to guarantee the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.  The issue of date abuse and violence is introduced and students are taught how to avoid dangerous situations and how to get help when it is needed.



Culpeper County Public Schools

Family Life Education

Standards of Learning Reassignment



Standards Reassigned:


 1.6 moved to 3rd grade to correspond with Science SOL 3.4


1.7, 2.3, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7,

5.10, 5.13, 5.14 moved to 6th grade


11th and 12th grade Standards may be addressed in 9th and

10th grade





To view the Virginia Department of Education Family Life Standards of Learning, please click on the following link:


Current opt-out documents for parental use.
CCPS Elementary Opt-Out

CCPS Secondary Opt-Out Form

Espanol Family Life Education Optout 2016