Parent Letter #14 - HIV / Health Lessons

posted Jun 7, 2019, 10:45 AM by Felicia Ippolito


March 29, 2019

 Dear Families: 

HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious health problems the world has ever faced. Advances in medicine have made tremendous strides in keeping people infected with HIV healthy for many years. Still, there is no cure, and education is the only way we can help our students protect themselves from becoming infected. The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) each require that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. To meet this challenge, the NYCDOE developed the developmentally and age-appropriate HIV/AIDS Curriculum for New York City students, which covers the topics listed below.



What Does It Mean to Be Healthy?

What Does It Mean to Be Sick?

How Do We Stay Healthy?

How Do People Get Sick? What is HIV? What is AIDS? *

Who Helps Us When We Are Sick?


How Can We Stay Healthy?

How Are Diseases Passed from One Person to Another?

What Are Viruses? How Do They Enter the Body to Cause Disease? *

How Do Our Bodies Fight Viruses? Why Can’t Our Bodies Fight HIV?

How Do Our Bodies Fight Viruses? Why Can’t Our Bodies Fight HIV?


What Are Some Healthy Choices Children Make?

What Happens When We Get Sick?

What Causes and Prevents the Spread of Illness? *

What is the Immune System’s Role in Fighting Illnesses? How Does HIV Affect the Immune System?

How Do People Feel When They Are Sick? How Do Other People Feel About Them?


How Do We Catch Germs That Make Us Sick?

How Does the Body Fight Disease?

How Does HIV Affect the Immune System?

What Are Healthy Choices That People Can Make? *

How Can We Get Help When We Have a Problem?


What Causes Disease? How Does the Immune System Protect the Body from Disease?

How Does the Body Fight Disease? How Does HIV Affect the Immune System?

What Are Common Myths and Facts About HIV Transmission?

How Can We Help Each Other Make Healthy Choices? *

How Can We Find Information and Help in the Community?


How Does the Body Protect Itself from Disease?

How Is HIV Transmitted?

How Can We Reduce Our Risk Behaviors? *

How Has HIV/AIDS Affected Society?

What Resources Provide HIV/AIDS Information and Help?

*Families may “opt out" of having their children receive these lessons on the topic of prevention.


As a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your child from certain HIV/AIDS lessons that teach about methods of HIV prevention. These “opt-out” prevention lessons are identified in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum, which is available online at:

If you would like your child to be excused from attending these lessons, you must write a letter to your child’s school principal, stating the following:


·         Your child should not be in the classroom during the “opt out” prevention lesson

·         You will teach your child about prevention at home

·         The letter should be sent in to the main office no later than Thursday, April 18, 2019 as the lessons will begin immediately following Spring Recess.


Encourage your child to speak with you about HIV/AIDS. Doing so can help you reinforce your child’s awareness of how HIV is transmitted and present opportunities for you and your child to discuss important and effective ways to protect your child’s health and future.


If you have any questions regarding this program, call the main office of the school at

718-558-2700 to leave a message for your child’s gym teacher (Ms. Klein, Ms. Acquaviva, and Mr. Veltre).  They will return your call as soon as possible.





J. Iovine