May 1, 2017
Dear SEED DC High School Families,
On May 26, 2017, students in grades 9 through 11 will participate in an all-day event called Selfie Health Day. The program's focus is to prepare students to become healthy teens and adults that regularly "take a selfie" of their personal health, including mental, physical, and emotional well-being. By putting sex education within this theme, we breakdown the stigma and anxiety often related to talking about sex. We bring key community partners within the medical and youth advocacy fields to provide a robust list of presentations and activities that inform students on nutrition, fitness, healthy sexual practices, mindfulness, gender identity, and honest, productive conversations with sexual partners and medical personnel. Selfie Health Day is an annually evolving program that targets our students' specific health promotion needs, personalizing the day to fit each student's individual interests and needs. We earnestly believe that the model of "taking a selfie" of their personal health teaches teens that preventative and reactive emotional well-being as well as medical care requires a constant development of self-reflection and self-advocacy; and that the programs offered on Selfie Health Day are centered around these imperative social skills.
If you DO NOT wish your child to participate in the “Two Truths and A Lie” session, please complete copy and paste the message below and include your child's full name and grade and email to email@example.com or call 202-248-7773 to leave a message with Ms. Holloway. Please note opting out of this session still permits your child to participate in the other session programming. Students in grades 9 through 11 are required to be present in school on Friday, May 26. All absences will be unexcused without proper documentation.
I am choosing to ‘opt-out’ my child, _______________________________, from participating in the “Two Truths and A Lie” session of SEED DC’s Selfie Health Day 2017. I understand that he/she will not be allowed to remain in the classroom while session is being taught, and that he/she will receive an alternate activity deemed appropriate by the school.
*Please note that during Selfie Health Day, students may elect to participate a sexually transmitted infection screening with Whitman Walker and may do so without parental consent under DC Law.
A minor of any age may consent to health services which he or she requests for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of the following medical situations:
(a) Pregnancy or its lawful termination;
(b) Substance abuse, including drug and alcohol abuse; and
(c) A mental or emotional condition and sexually transmitted disease.