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Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health Assessment Tool
for School Districts
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in cooperation with RI Department of Health
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Based on SCHOOL HEALTH INDEX – MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL 2017
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November 2019
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Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors.
Research shows that school health programs reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among youth and have a positive effect on academic performance.
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Using the School Heath Index can bring health issues to attention. However, with over 11 Modules around 7 different health topics, it can be overwhelming. To help schools and districts focus specifically on assessing sexual and reproductive health policies, programs and activities, RIHSC has developed the following tool, adapted from the SHI questions on this topic. It will help you self-assess your district/school on POLICY, PRACTICE & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT related to sexual and reproductive health to help identify areas needing improvement, with the goal of helping district middle and high schools towards “2” or “3” in all areas based on best practices as recommended nationally, at state level and by advocate organizations. (See Resource Sheets)
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POLICYPRACTICEPROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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Articulates the district’s vision and keeps practices consistent and up to date, per the roles and responsibilities of school committeesPlans and programs to
implement policy
Training to educate and communicate
policy and practice to staff
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“When comprehensive sex ed policies are put into place, young people learn the accurate, complete information they need to ensure their own lifelong sexual and reproductive health and well-being. Just as importantly, they also receive a foundational understanding of concepts like bodily autonomy, consent, reproductive decision-making, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion.”

~ Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
“Conducting an assessment is a critical first step in improving implementation of policies, programs or strategies to effect change or improvement in health.
This can be accomplished through the use of assessment tools such as the School Health Index (SHI).”
~ School Health Profiles 2016
Our health educators need professional development. Only 14%-25% of lead health educators in RI report receiving professional development in teaching sexual and reproductive health topics, while 67%-77% of them WOULD LIKE to receive it.

~ RI School Health Profiles Report 2016
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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SECTION 1: Sexual Health Education (7 questions)Page
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11.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)3
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21.2 Communication of Current Regulations and Policies3
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31.3 Scope & Sequence3
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41.4 Active & Relevant Learning Strategies4
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51.5 Essential Topics for Sexual Education4
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61.6 Required Sexual Health Topics5
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71.7 Delivery of Sexual Health Curriculum5
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SECTION 2: Access to Sexual Health Services (6 questions)
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82.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)6
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92.2 Student Access to Sexual Health Services6
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102.3 Communication of Any Current Policies6
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112.4 Providing Onsite Services or Referrals for Youth-friendly Sexual Health Services7
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122.5 Collaborating with School Staff Members7
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132.6 Policies & Procedures8
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SECTION 3: School Climate & School Connectedness (5 questions)
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143.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)9
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153.2 Communication of Any Current Policies 9
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163.3 Strategies to Meet the Needs of LGBTQ Youth9
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173.4 Strategies on HIV, STD and Pregnancy Prevention for LGBTQ Youth10
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183.5 Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Students10
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SECTION 4: Family Engagement (4 questions)
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194.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)11
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204.2 Communication of Current Regulations and Policies11
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214.3 Providing Families with Information About Discussing Sexual Health with Students11
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224.4 Strategies for Family Engagement11
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SECTION 5: Community Involvement (4 questions)
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235.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)12
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245.2 Communication of Current Regulations and Policies12
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255.3 Health Curriculum or Health Services12
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265.4 Connections to Community Organizations13
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SCORECARD BY SECTION14
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SCORECARD BY AREA15
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SECTION 1: Sexual Health Education (7 questions)
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POLICY1.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)Based onScore
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Does your district wellness committee discuss, draft language for, update or advise on state and local district policies related to reproductive and sexual health education?SHI Module 1:
CC.1 and CC.6
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3Yes, our wellness committee regularly addresses state and local policies related to reproductive and sexual health education.
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2Our wellness committee has had some initial discussions about possibly adding reproductive and sexual health focus to committee work and focus.
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1No, our wellness committee has not had the opportunity to discuss policies related to reproductive and sexual health education.
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1.2 Communication of Current Regulations and PoliciesBased onScore
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Does your district regularly communicate to school community about the content and importance of current laws, regulations and policies regarding sexual health education, including required topics, course content, role of families (i.e. opt-out choice)?SHI Module 1:
CC.3
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3Yes, we regularly let school community (teachers, students, administrators, families) know about state regulations regarding sexual health education.
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2Some of our school community is aware of state regulations regarding sexual health education.
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1We could use assistance communicating about and helping implement state regulations regarding sexual health education.
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PRACTICE1.3 Scope & SequenceBased onScore
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Does your school or district’s sexual health curriculum (aligned with the National Health Standards and/or the National Sexual Health Standards, the RI Health Education Framework, and the RIDE Comprehensive Health Instructionsl Outcomes), include an outline of the breadth and arrangement of key topics and concepts across grade levels (SCOPE) and the progression of knowledge, skills and behaviors to be addressed at each grade level (SEQUENCE)?SHI Module 2 CC.3
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Profiles 2016
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3Yes, we have a Scope & Sequence chart provided to all staff that teach sexual and reproductive health.
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2While our sexual and reproductive health education curriculum is consistent with the National Health Standards and/or the National Sexual Health Standards and the RI Health Framework, we have not developed a Scope or Sequence for sexual and reproductive health.
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1Our sexual health curriculum needs revision but we will use a Scope & Sequence as a first step in determining content and skills as we revise it.
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PRACTICE1.4 Active & Relevant Learning StrategiesBased onScore
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Do all teachers of sexual health education use active learning strategies and activities that students find meaningful and personally relevant (updated tools and videos, LBGTQ inclusive, reflects the district community and values, takes the specific needs of local students into account, based on recent data, etc.)?SHI Module 2:
CC.4
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Profiles 2016
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3Yes, all teachers of sexual health education actively update learning strategies and activities to keep materials and content relevant and meaningful for all students.
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2Some teachers use relevant materials and meaningful content to engage all students.
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1Our school or district could use help improving relevancy and diversity of materials and activities in sexual health education classes.
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1.5 Essential Topics for Sexual EducationBased onScore
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Does your health education curriculum address these 19 topics on preventing HIV, other STD and pregnancy?

1. Communication & negotiation skills
2. Goal-setting and decision-making skills
3. How to create and sustain healthy and respectful relationships
4. Influences of family, peers, media, technology and other factors on sexual risk behavior
5. Preventive care that is necessary to maintain reproductive and sexual health
6. Influencing and supporting others to avoid or reduce sexual risk behaviors
7. Benefits of being sexually abstinent
8. Efficacy of condoms
9. Importance of using condoms consistently and correctly
10. Importance of using a condom at the same time as another form of contraception to prevent both STDs and pregnancy
11. How to obtain condoms
12. How to correctly use a condom
13. Methods of contraception other than condoms
14. How to access valid and reliable information, products and services related to HIV, STDs, and pregnancy
15. How HIV and other STDs are transmitted
16. Health consequences of HIV, other STDs and pregnancy
17. Importance of limiting the number of sexual partners
18. Sexual orientation
19. Gender roles, gender identity or gender expression
SHI Module 2:
SH.1
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CDC Critical Sexual Education Topics
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Profiles 2016
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3 Yes, our curriculum addresses all of these topics.
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2Our curriculum addresses some of these topics.
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1We could use help addressing more of these critical and essential topics.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT1.6 Required Sexual Health TopicsBased onScore
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Do staff members involved in the teaching of sexual health receive PD on required RI sexual health education requirements and/or National Sexual Health Standards?SHI Module 2:
SH.2
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3Yes, staff regularly receive PD on teaching RI required and/or national standards for sexual and reproductive health topics.
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2Some staff have received some PD on either teaching RI required topics or on national standards for sexual and reproductive health
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1Our staff could benefit from updated PD on required topics.
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1.7 Delivery of Sexual Health CurriculumBased onScore
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Do teachers of sexual health education receive regular and updated professional development in the delivery of the school’s sexual health curriculum, including:

1. Effective instructional strategies to feel comfortable in delivering material about sex and sexuality and handling topics that are potentially sensitive or embarrassing for students
2. Teaching students of different sexual orientations or gender identities
3. Strategies to assess students’ knowledge and skills in sexual health education
4. Building student skills in HIV, other STDs and pregnancy prevention
SHI Module 2:
SH.2
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3Yes, our PD addresses all of these topics that RI teachers asked for the most.
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2Our PD addresses some of these topics.
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1Our staff could benefit from updated PD on delivery of sexual health curriculum.
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SECTION 2: Access to Sexual Health Services (6 questions)
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POLICY2.1 Involvement of Wellness Committee (or other appropriate committee)Based onScore
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Does your district Wellness Committee discuss, draft language for or advise on policies regarding student access to sexual health services (either onsite or through referrals)?SHI Module 1:
CC.1 & CC.6
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3Our Wellness Committee is working on either creating or revising district policies regarding student access to sexual health services.
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