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                                BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT                             MR. MATTHEW BARBOSA
                                220 Baird Road                                                          Principal
                                Branchburg, NJ 08876                                            MRS. DANIELLE SHOBER
                                (908) 526-1415                                                       Vice Principal




                                                                                                                   August 2012

Dear Parent or Guardian,
All middle school students are enrolled in grade-level Health Education courses at Branchburg Central Middle School for a
full marking period during the school year. In accordance with New Jersey Statutes and Code regulations, local school
districts must have policies and procedures in place to notify parents about their right to excuse a child from such
instruction without penalty. This letter serves as notification to you of this right.

State law and Branchburg Township Board of Education – Policy 2422 Health Education dictates that “Any pupil
whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instruction in
health, human sexuality and family life education, or sex education program is in conflict with his/her conscience or
sincerely held moral or religious beliefs shall be excused from the portion of the course in which such instruction is being
given, and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result.” Accordingly, the student can then be excused without penalty
from the content of the course found in conflict; however, the student must still complete mutually-agreed upon
instructional activities that support achievement of the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Core Curriculum
Content Standards.

The middle school health curriculum includes instruction in Family Life and Human Reproduction/Sexuality within the
context of the study of human growth, development and reproduction. In addition, the curriculum includes instruction
related to the causes, symptoms, complications, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, within the
context of the study of diseases, health conditions, and disease prevention. By law we must also make available to the
parent or guardian a copy of the curriculum for review upon request. Copies of the curriculum can be accessed through our
district website under Curriculum at http://www.branchburg.k12.nj.us. Review copies of the curriculum will also be made
available to you by the health education teacher, Ms. Carolyn McGirl, the principal’s office, the Library/Media Center, and
the District’s Office of Instructional Services. In addition, the health education teacher will make available all related
materials used for instruction of the Grade 6-8 Comprehensive Health Curriculum that was adopted by the Branchburg
Township Board of Education on July 24, 2008.

The content of health education is dictated by law and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Signed consent
by the parent or guardian is required to excuse their son or daughter from any part of instruction of the health curriculum.
If you wish to exercise your right to of excusal, please complete and sign the form below and return the completed form to
my attention through the Central Middle School Office by September 6, 2012.
Sincerely,
Matthew Barbosa
Principal
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Name of Student:____________________________________________ Grade: 6
I am requesting that my son/daughter be excused from instruction of the portion of the Health Curriculum
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for___________________________________________, which is in conflict with my conscience or sincerely held
moral or religious beliefs. I understand that my son/daughter will be excused without penalty from the content of
the course found in conflict, and that he/she must still complete mutually-agreed upon instructional activities that
support achievement of the Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Core Curriculum Content Standards.

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Signature of Parent/Guardian                           Date

								
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