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    Health Education in Seattle Public Schools

    The Health Education Office of Seattle Public Schools provides health materials, support, staff development, and technical assistance to students, staff and families.

    Mission: Our mission is to promote readiness to learn, by enhancing the social, emotional and physical well-being and safety of students so that all students can achieve their academic potential.

    • We provide pre-k-12 education and resources that honor and respect the diversity of students and their families.
    • We select and share materials that are research-based, culturally and developmentally appropriate and are aligned to Washington State standards.
    • We support curriculum projects and programs that encourage students to take responsibility for their personal health.
    • We work in partnership with students, staff, and families and welcome opportunities for community collaboration.
    • We offer education and activities that promote the equity of all students.

    The Washington State Health Education Standards drive classroom content at every level. The Seattle Public Schools Health Education Scope and Sequence aligns with the State standards and is a guiding document for teachers.

    Currently, Seattle Public Schools provides sexual health education beginning in grade 5, using the OSPI approved and board-adopted Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) curriculum. Middle school student receive sexual health content in science classes (FLASH/KNOW) grades, 6, 7, and 8 and some substance abuse prevention content (Project Alert) in 7th grade. In alignment with School Board Action, which states that health education classes required for graduation shall be offered at 9th grade, high school students receive a semester-long health class, covering a range of health content reflected in the Washington State Health Education Standards. These standards include content related to Wellness, Safety, Nutrition, Sexual Health, Social-Emotional Health, and Substance Use and Abuse.

    Washington State laws governing Health Education: HIV/AIDS prevention for students in grades 5-12 (RCW 28A.230.070); mental health and suicide prevention (28A.230.095); CPR and AED instruction for high school students (RCW 28A.230.179); STD prevention, physiology, hygiene, and the effects of alcohol/abuse (RCW 28A.230.020); Medically Accurate sexual health education (RCW 28A.300.475).

    Washington State recently passed new legislation in the Comprehensive Sexual Health Education SB 5395. Seattle Public Schools will be aligning instruction with the new law over the course of the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.


    Lisa Love 
    Health Education 

    Lisa Davidson
    Prevention and

    Hena Parveen
    Healthy Schools  
    Prevention and

    Brennon Ham
    Health Education   

    Mandy LeBlanc
    Healthy Schools 

    Hyam Elsaharty
    Consulting Teacher,
    Social Emotional Learning 

    Kai Kunkel
    Social Emotional Learning 

    Maggie Cain-Starbird
    Project-Program Manager 

    For Staff

    Sexual Health Education in SPS Staff Training Module

    Sexual Health Education in Seattle Public Schools

    This self-paced module takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and covers WA state law and required SPS practices.

    For Families and Staff


    Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH)

    Social Emotional Learning

    Mental Health: stress, depression and suicide prevention

    Mental Health posters: Teen Link/DOH, version 2 - spanish

    Environmental Health


    Health Education Standards (OSPI)

    Parent Prom Tips

    SPS Out of School Resources

    Parent/Guardian: Teen Health

    Parent/Guardian: Teen Monitoring

    Parent Teen: Beyond the Talk

    Parent Adolescent Communication

    CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2018 summary