New 2021 - 2022 Family Life Education (FLE) lesson reviews and chart now posted!

Parentandchild.org is a group of Fairfax County parents whose children attend or graduated from Fairfax County Public Schools. We believe parents need to know what is being taught in Family Life Education lessons and decide for themselves whether those lessons are appropriate for their children.

John Murray, a resident of Fairfax County, has led the parentandchild.org group since it began six years ago. He has spoken before the Fairfax County School Board and the Virginia Department of Education on Family Life Education issues, given talks to parent groups on the Family Life Education curriculum, and oversees the parentandchild.org website. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgetown University.

John is available to speak to parent groups on the Family Life Education curriculum and can be reached on our Contact page.

Some lessons taught in the new FLE curriculum are widely accepted by most parents, but others:

  • encourage behaviors contrary to personal health and well-being,
  • are age-inappropriate, inaccurate, or incomplete, and
  • contradict the stated goals of the FLE program.

Our parentandchild.org group reviewed the entire Family Life Education curriculum and assigned a color-code to each lesson:

GREEN – Acceptable to most parents.

YELLOW – Contains material which may be age-inappropriate, controversial, or which parents may prefer to read in advance and discuss with their children.

RED – May promote ill-advised or unhealthy sexual practices, neglect or conflict with established science, circumvent parents, confuse or disturb students.

Please take a moment to review the chart by clicking the chart image on this page. Our review is color-coded Green, Yellow, or Red. Green is Acceptable, Yellow is Caution Advised, and Red is Opt Out Recommended.

Parentandchild.org hopes parents will find our chart and lesson reviews helpful in determining whether Family Life Education lessons are appropriate for their children and are encouraged to decide for themselves by reading the actual lessons, which are available through the Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.

To opt your child out, click https://www.fcps.edu/node/31710 and select the opt out form for your child’s grade.

GREEN – Acceptable to most parents.

YELLOW – Contains material which may be age-inappropriate, controversial, or which parents may prefer to read in advance and discuss with their children.

RED – May promote ill-advised or unhealthy sexual practices, neglect or conflict with established science, circumvent parents, confuse or disturb students.

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