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Family Life

The State of Tennessee defines "Family Life education" as an abstinence-centered sex education program that builds a foundation of knowledge and skills relating to character development, human development, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention. Family Life law can be found in Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 49-6-1304. 

Opt-Out Information

If you want your child to participate in these classes, you will not need to do anything. If you do not want your child participating, you are able to opt your child out in a variety of ways. 

A digital opt-out form is available in the online Canvas Family Life course using your parent account. To access the Canvas course using your parent account, click here or type this link into your browser: If you do not have a Canvas parent account, follow these instructions. You can also print an opt-out form below, pick up a copy at your child's school office, or contact the Secondary Curriculum office at (423) 652-9234 to have one mailed to you. Please return forms to your child's school. A form must be submitted prior to the start of your child's Family Life classes.

Opt-Out Letter


Family Life Instruction Dates

School Dates


November 20, 2023


November 21, 2023


October 30 - November 3, 2023


March 27, 2024

Holston View

November 7, 2023


1st semester PE students (Grades 6-8) - Week of Dec. 4

2nd semester PE students (Grades 6-8) - Week of May 6


1st and 2nd 9 weeks PE students (Grades 6-8) - Dec. 1 and Dec. 8

3rd and 4th 9 weeks PE students (Grades 6-8) - May 3 and May 10, 2024


1st semester - October 23 - 27, 2023
2nd semester - April 1 - 5, 2024

Parent Communication

Forum Letter
Opt-Out Letter


Family Life FAQs

Family Life Canvas Course, Curriculum, & Standards

A complete copy of Family Life health education curriculum materials is available for parents to preview in each school as well as in Canvas using your parent account. To access the Canvas course using your parent account, click here or type this link into your browser: If you do not have a Canvas parent account, follow these instructions. The Canvas course also includes a digital opt-out form.

The Family Life Health Education curriculum includes age-appropriate topics based solely on Tennessee Health Education Standards.

In the state of Tennessee, Family Life standards are included in the Health Education standards. The document linked below provides the Tennessee health education standards which are specific to Family Life.

Grades 5-9 Family Life Standards

Click on the links below to find a comprehensive list of the Tennessee Department of Education Health Education Standards.

K-5 Elementary Health Education Standards

6-8 Middle School Health Education Standards

High School Lifetime Wellness Standards

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