About the New HPE Curriculum
In 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Education announced its revised Health and Physical Education curriculum to replace curriculum introduced in 1998. Much has changed since 1998, and the curriculum was revised to take into account the current realities students face regarding their health, safety and well-being.
The revised curriculum to be introduced in September 2015 contains new material related to important issues – healthy relationships, consent, mental health, online safety and the risks of sexting – and is more inclusive of Ontario’s diverse population. The Ontario curriculum is based on research and extensive consultation and the implementation of the curriculum is mandatory in our publicly funded education system. Find details of the Ministry’s Health and Physical Education curriculum at:
HWDSB is preparing its staff to deliver the revised curriculum beginning in September 2015. This can be a sensitive topic for some families, and we are ensuring that the delivery of the revised curriculum is done in a thoughtful way with parent understanding. If parents have concerns about classroom lessons or learning activities they should bring these to the attention of the teacher or the school principal so that a resolution can be determined on a case by case basis.
Because sexual health can be a sensitive topic, we want to help families learn more and ask questions. Parents will receive a letter before teachers cover this topic. HWDSB will hold Information Sessions in November 2015. Parents can ask questions, have their questions addressed and learn more about the curriculum.
Letter to Families
Frequently Asked Questions
Information Sessions Flyer
Resources for Families
In addition, HWDSB encourages families to learn more by exploring resources developed by the Ministry of Education.
A Parent Guide to the Revised Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-12 (translations provided by the Ministry of Education)
A Parent Guide: Learn More About Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-6 (translations provided by the Ministry of Education)
A Parent Guide: Learn More About Human Development and Sexual Health in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 7-12 (translations provided by the Ministry of Education)
Additional Parent Guides
- Quick Facts for Parents: Online Safety, Including Risk of Sexting
- Quick Facts for Parents: Healthy Relationships and Consent