Big Decisions · Draw the Line/Respect the Line · General · San Marcos Consolidated ISD

San Marcos Consolidated ISD Human Sexuality Instruction 2016-2017

According to the San Marcos Consolidated ISD SHAC Website, the SHAC had set the following Proposed Goals and areas of interest for 2016-2017:

  1. Increase and improve the partnerships in community health.
  2. Management/leadership positions of the school district and individual campuses be in required attendance for the meeting.  The development and involvement of PTO/PTA Healthy Lifestyle Chair in the SHAC.
  3.  A full time District Health Coordinator.
  4. Focus for the 2016-2017 SHAC:
    1. Suicide Awareness and Prevention,
    2. Bullying including in social media
    3. Human Development- training and implementation of the sex education of the district.

San Marcos Cons ISD provided information on the Human Sexuality Instruction and Counseling/Guidance in a response to an open records request in May 2017.  According to the response, Big Decisions (4th Edition) was taught in High School Advisory classes this year and will be taught in Biology next year.  Draw the Line/Respect the Line is taught on Middle School campuses in science classes with parent denial option.

The only SHAC minutes posted at this date are from April 2016 and show discussion regarding “funding for training for Big Decisions and participation in the study on Big Decisions.”


The following document is a redacted version of what was provided.


“Dear Officer for Public Records,

This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Chapter 552, Texas Government Code, which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

I respectfully request the following information:

Human Sexuality Instruction.  Please provide scope and sequence for Human Sexuality Instruction in the district and parental notification forms.

Counseling/Guidance Programs.  Please provide summary level of the content of each counseling and guidance program used in the school district including but not limited to Welcoming Schools, Social Emotional Learning, Leader in Me, Trevor Romain, anti-bullying programs, and character education.  Please include schools and grades implementing each program and scope and sequence.

The Freedom of Information Act provides that if portions of a document are exempt, the remainder must be segregated and released. Therefore, I would appreciate your sending me all nonexempt portions of those records I have requested.

If you decide to withhold or delete any information, please let me know of your decision by referencing specific exemptions under the Act.  Under provisions of the Public Information Act, I reserve the right to appeal should you determine to withhold any information sought in my request.

Thank you for your cooperation. I look forward to receiving your reply within 10 business days, as provided by law.”

Boerne ISD · General · Scott White Worth the Wait

Boerne ISD Human Sexuality Instruction

According to the Boerne ISD Handbook, Scott & White Worth the Wait is taught in 6-8th grade and in the High School Health Class.

http://www.boerne-isd.net/uploaded/administration/curriculum/handbook_-_other_docs/2016-2017_Student_Handbook_090216.pdf

“REMOVING A STUDENT FROM INSTRUCTION OR EXCUSING A STUDENT FROM A REQUIRED COMPONENT OF INSTRUCTION
Human Sexuality Instruction
As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is involved with the selection of course materials for such instruction. State law requires that any instruction related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency
virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome must:
  • Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;
  • Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases;
  • Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity;
  • Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age; and,
  • If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.
In accordance with state law, the following summarizes the district’s curriculum regarding human sexuality instruction: The Boerne ISD Board of Trustees approved the SHAC’s recommendation to provide sexual health education to students in grades 6-8 and students enrolled in the high school Health course. The district uses curriculum from Scott & White, Worth the Wait® Sex Education Curriculum in grades 6-7 and Wellness & Sexual Health® in grade 8 and high school. Each ten-lesson unit is based upon medical and legal facts regarding teen sexual activity which teaches abstinence as the healthiest choice for teens, and the curriculum is available at each campus for parent preview prior to instruction. In addition, the campus obtains parent permission before permitting
a student to participate in the Scott and White curriculum.
As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove your child from any part of the human sexuality instruction with no academic, disciplinary, or other penalties. You may also choose to become more involved with the development of curriculum used for this purpose by becoming a member of the
district’s SHAC. Please see the campus principal for additional information.”
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Tina and Marco story from Draw the Line/Respect the Line Sexual Risk Reduction program

Draw the Line/Respect the Line, Sexual Risk Reduction program created by ETR Associates, has been adopted by North East(NEISD), Edgewood ISD, Harlandale (HISD), East Central ISD, Southside ISD, South San Antonio ISD, and San Antonio (SAISD).

In this video, a Northeast ISD parent reads a 7th grade lesson, the Tina and Marco Story, to the Northeast ISD Board of Trustees.

Many Sexual Risk Reduction programs are published by ETR Associates, the former education department for Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz.

Sexual Risk Reduction programs focus on teaching students how to use condoms so that they can reduce their risks instead of teaching them the benefits of Sexual Risk Avoidance.

 

According to the ETR Website, DTL/RTL “had no impact on any of these outcomes for girls” and “had no impact on condom use by students of either gender.”  http://recapp.etr.org/recapp/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.ebpDetail&PageID=624

“Findings

From grades 6 through 9, boys from the DTL/RTL schools were significantly less likely to report having initiated sexual activity than boys from the control schools, and the magnitude of this difference increased with time. The program had no impact on girls in this regard.

At every follow-up, boys from the DTL/RTL schools were significantly less likely to have engaged in sex during the past 12 months than boys from the control group schools. Furthermore, at the grade 8 follow-up, boys from the DTL/RTL schools reported having engaged in sex significantly less frequently and with fewer partners over the past year than boys from control group schools. The program had no impact on any of these outcomes for girls.

Both boys and girls from DTL/RTL schools had greater HIV and condom-related knowledge than control group students, and this difference remained significant through the grade 9 follow-up.

The program had no impact on condom use by students of either gender.

Research Study Citation

Coyle, K.K., Kirby, D.B., Marin, B.V., Gomez, C.A., & Gregorich, S.E. (2004). Draw the Line/Respect the Line: A randomized trial of a middle school intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors. American Journal of Public Health, 94(5), 843–851.”

Karin Coyle is the Chief Science Officer of ETR Associates and serves on the SIECUS Board of Directors.

SIECUS is the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, created in 1964 by Mary Calderone, medical director for Planned Parenthood, using funds provided by Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Foundation.

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Austin ISD · Three Rs

Recommendation for Advocates for Youth 3Rs Sex Education Program reviewed by Austin ISD SHAC

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Austin ISD SHAC will review a recommendation from the Health Curriculum working group on the 3R’s sex education curriculum.

Agenda here – https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/shac/docs/May_2017_SHAC_Agenda_final_AC_0.pdf

The 3R’s sex education curriculum is a Comprehensive Sex Education program from Advocates for Youth.  This curriculum “fully meets the National Sexuality Education Standards” posted on the Future of Sex Education (FOSE) by an Advisory Committee that included SIECUS, Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth, and GLSEN.

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Comal ISD · School District · Scott White Worth the Wait

Comal ISD Handbook

https://www2.comalisd.org/Curriculum_Academics/PDF/Course-Guide-Middle_School.pdf

http://www.comalisd.org/dynimg/_bJAAA_/docid/0x7BD9072464B5B224/13/2016-2017%2BStudent_Parent%2BHandbook%2B8.15.16.pdf

Removing a Student from Human Sexuality Instruction
As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality.
State law requires that any instruction related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome must:

  • Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age;
  • Devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior;
  • Emphasize that abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity;
  • Direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; and
  • If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.

In accordance with state law, below is a summary of the district’s curriculum regarding human sexuality instruction:
Scott & White Wellness and Sexual Health Program is an abstinence-based program that empowers teens with information necessary to develop healthy habits and relationships. In grades 6th through 9th, students receive age-appropriate lessons with components for parents, healthcare providers, legal advisors, and the community. The curriculum related to each of the grade levels includes the following:

  • 6th Grade: Provides an introduction to healthy relationships, puberty, teen pregnancy and STDs. Students also learn refusal skills and goal setting.
  • 7th Grade: Curriculum is more detailed yet age-appropriate with a specific lesson in legal matters.
  • 8th Grade: Detailed information is given on contraception and parental responsibilities, emphasizing that abstinence is the preferred choice of behavior.
  • 9th Grade: The lessons build upon knowledge learned in middle and continue to emphasize building healthy relationships, avoiding risky behaviors, setting goals and decision making.

For additional information regarding the Worth the Wait curriculum, please visit the following website: http://www.sw.org/wellness-sexual-health/wellness-sexual-health

4th and 5th grade students are presented factual information at an age appropriate level about human growth and maturation during puberty. No sexual content is included.

As a parent, you are entitled to review the curriculum materials. In addition, you may remove your child from any part of the human sexuality instruction with no academic, disciplinary, or other penalties. You may also choose to become more involved with the selection of curriculum used for this purpose by becoming a member of the district’s SHAC.

Big Decisions · Planned Parenthood

Healthy Futures Texas and Planned Parenthood

Healthy Futures Texas, founded by Dr. Janet Realini, is ‘dedicated to reducing teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy in San Antonio and Texas’ with very little mention of STD prevention. The R U Ready cards were posted on the Programs page and listed four clinics. Two of them are Planned Parenthood centers, Las Palmas and Ashby.

Dr. Janet Realini is also the author of Big Decisions, a Sex Ed program used in Austin ISD, Dripping Springs ISD, Lake Travis ISD, and many San Antonio school districts. In some school districts, Planned Parenthood provides the instruction of Big Decisions in the classroom.

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