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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 17


November 22


November 21


April 6

Holston View

November 14


1st 9 weeks PE classes - week of September 26, 2022
2nd 9 weeks PE classes - week of December 12, 2022
3rd 9 weeks PE classes - week of February 27, 2023
4th 9 weeks PE classes - week of May 15, 2023


1st semester - October 17 - 21
2nd semester - March 27 - 31

Parent Communication

Forum Letter
Opt-Out Letter


Family Life - Frequently Asked Questions

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

Parent Forum
You are invited to attend a parent forum to discuss the 2022-2023 Family Life Health Education curriculum for all students in fifth through ninth grades. The forum will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at the Bristol Tennessee City Schools Administration Building, 615 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. 

If you plan to attend the forum, please park in the upper, back parking lot and enter through the second-floor entrance by crossing the footbridge. Please note that the main front entrance will not be open.

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