Health Department offering sexuality education class

Parents need and want to be involved in the sexuality education of their children, but often do not know how to discuss it at age-appropriate levels. “Kids Need to Know,” the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s family-based sexuality education program, is now enrolling for its spring session.

The class, geared for fifth- and sixth-graders, meets for two hours once a week for five weeks. The course begins with a “parents only” night where curriculum and materials are discussed and any questions are answered. Following Parents’ Night, the class continues with weekly parent-child sessions for four more weeks. One parent accompanies the child to each class.

Reproductive body parts and purposes, puberty, pregnancy, childbirth and sexually-transmitted diseases are discussed. Decision-making skills are emphasized. Videos, games and other interactive activities help make the classes fun and interesting.

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Class details:

There is a girls’ and boys’ class and they both meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine, in the second floor meeting room.

• The girls’ class will be: Tuesdays, March 26-April 23.

• The boys’ class will be Thursdays, March 28- April 25.

The cost is $50 per family. There is a minimum enrollment of 12 families and a maximum enrollment of 15 families.

Registrations must be received one week before the first night of class. For more information or to register, visit www.ldchealth.org or call (785) 843-3060.

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