Madison City Schools employs a Registered Nurse as a Nurse Health Educator. The HIV/AIDS lessons that are done by the RN complement the teachings done by the school counselors and Science/Health teachers.
All HIV/AIDS lesson plans are age-appropriate with current information obtained from the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health. They were developed utilizing the Alabama Course of Study: Health Education, the Madison City Schools Individual Skills Record (State and District) for Health and Science, the Alabama Abstinence Law, and the American Red Cross HIV/AIDS curriculum with input from the HIV/AIDS curriculum committee. This committee comprises parents, teachers, clergy, nurses, and a physician. Consents for HIV/AIDS are sent home or made available prior to the lesson.
In the 5th and 6th grades, the HIV/AIDS lesson plans are age-appropriate and cover very basic materials. The 5th-grade lessons are taught with the school counselor in attendance. Also, in the spring semester of 5th grade, a lesson on Puberty and Maturation will be given separately to boys and girls. In 5th grade, they are introduced to HIV/AIDS. The 6th grade is provided with more of an understanding of what HIV does to the immune system. The 6th-grade lessons are taught in science classes each semester, with a science teacher present.
In 7th, 8th and 9th grades, the HIV/AIDS lessons are taught during their science class with the science teacher present. In addition to HIV/AIDS, they will receive information on other STDs as well, and 9th grade on parenting responsibilities.
The 10th grade HIV/AIDS lesson is taught during the required health classes. In addition to HIV/AIDS, the lesson includes a review of the human reproduction system, contraception, and personal responsibility.
System Nurse Health Educator:
Ashley Zimnowski, BSN, RN
Every 5th grade student will recieve a copy of this consent with the date of the class and male instructors name. If the school copy is lost, please print out and sign this consent. Students will NOT be allowed to participate in the class without a sign and returned consent.
Consents will NOT be handed out to all 9th grade students. If for any reason, you do NOT want your child to take part in the class, please print and sign the consent. The signed consent will need to be returned to the school prior to the scheduled class.
If for any reason you do NOT want your child to take part in this class, please sign this form and return it to school prior to the scheduled class. If we do NOT have a signed form to not allow the child to take part in the class, we assume that we have your permission for your child to participate.