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Chino Valley school board to consider new AIDS program<BR>

CHINO VALLEY – The Chino Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) governing board will mull over and vote on approving a high school "Get Real About AIDS" curriculum at its voting session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Territorial Elementary School in Chino Valley.

The abstinence-based "Get Real About AIDS" curriculum was designated as a "program that works" by the Center for Disease Control. According to Julia Frandsen, PUSD Healthy Futures coordinator, that means the program has been known to change student behavior.

The curriculum is comprised of 10 media lessons, including written curriculum, interactive lessons (no lecture-only sessions) and videos, posters and other interactive material. Three of these lessons are in refusal skills. "The curriculum changes attitudes and it changes behavior," said Frandsen.

The three main components of the curriculum are for students to gain knowledge, practice refusal and decision-making skills and to recognize personal vulnerability. These components can be extended to families through a newsletter and other booklets.

The key messages of the "Get Real About AIDS" curriculum are that HIV/AIDS is a serious disease, but it is not easy to get (otherwise teens may think getting it is inevitable, according to curriculum planners) and that abstinence from sex and from drugs is the only sure way to avoid the virus.

The board unanimously approved a similar curriculum for middle school during the February 10 board meeting.

At Monday night's meeting the board will also vote on whether to approve:

• Changes to Chino Valley High School's curriculum and graduation requirements. These include requiring all students to take Free Enterprise, awarding students with lab science credit for vocational agriculture, aligning science curriculum with Arizona State Standards and offering Honors Biology/Chemistry and Physics, awarding students for one-quarter credit for PE for each sport they participate in and eliminating Driver Education as part of the regular curriculum.

• Accomodations for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students when taking the AIMS tests.

Accomodations in grades 3, 5 and 8 include allowing students to use translation dictionaries, providing clarification, administering the test in shorter sessions and extra days, translating written directions to the student, re-reading directions for each page, simplifying directions' language, administering the test individually in separate locations or administering the test in small groups.

High school LEP students will be administered the English versions of the AIMS test. Students will have the opportunity for verbatim translation of the mathematics AIMS for administration during high school. They must read and write in English on all sections of the AIMS reading and writing tests.

Monday night's meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Territorial Elementary School, 1088 Mahan Ln. in Chino Valley.

Contact the reporter at heller@prescottaz.com.