Parent Letter #17 - HIV/AIDS Lessons

posted Feb 22, 2013, 7:20 AM by Felicia Ippolito

February 8, 2013



 Dear Parent or Guardian:


HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious health problems Americans have ever faced. Advances in medicine have made tremendous strides in keeping people infected with HIV healthy for many years. Still, it has 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 (NYC DOE) require that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in kindergarten through grade 12. The HIV/AIDS Curriculum that NYC DOE developed for NYC students is age and developmentally appropriate. For example, in kindergarten, students learn how people get sick and how to get better.


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/STD prevention. These “opt out” prevention lessons are identified in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum, which is online at


If you would like your child to be excused, you must write a letter to me stating that:

Your child should not be in the classroom during the “opt out” prevention lessons; and

You will teach your child about prevention at home.


We welcome your involvement on our School Wellness Council or to coordinate PTA presentations about HIV/AIDS. Speak to your child's teacher or the parent coordinator about how you can support the lessons. If you have any questions regarding this program, please call Ms. Rosa at 718-558-2709.







M. Biondollilo