Self, Health, and Relationship Education (SHaRE): Guidelines for the Consideration of Age Appropriate and Developmentally Appropriate Instruction & SHaRE Guide (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


Legislation passed during the 2020 Virginia General Assembly session requires Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams to consider the need for age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate instruction related to sexual health, self-restraint, self-protection, respect for personal privacy, and personal boundaries of others (§22.1-217.03). Under this legislation, the VDOE has developed guidelines to support IEP Teams in considering the need for this instruction when developing IEPs for students with disabilities.

For school divisions utilizing Virginia IEP, an additional question will be added in June 2024 within the IEP template providing a prompt for IEP Team consideration and a place to document a summary of the IEP Team’s discussion. School divisions not utilizing Virginia IEP are encouraged to develop procedures that ensure consideration of age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate instruction related to this legislation is documented within their local IEP system.


Samantha Gregory - Coordinator of Specially Designed Behavior Intervention and Improvement


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