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.”

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.


Austin Lifeguard · Big Decisions · Dripping Springs ISD

Dripping Springs ISD 2016-2017 Human Sexuality Instruction

Excerpt from the Dripping Springs ISD 2016-2017 Handbook:

“Human Sexuality Notice and Information

As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality as required by State Law. The 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 curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is charged with the task of recommending to the Board of Trustees the appropriate grade levels, methods of human sexuality instruction, and the selection of course materials for such instruction. The SHAC is composed primarily of parents selected by the Board of Trustees and is chaired by one of the parent representatives on the
Council. Other members include community members, campus staff, and district staff. Information about the SHAC is available on the District website at Dripping Springs ISD – School Health Advisory Council (

Senate Bill 283 requires districts to provide written notice of their intent to provide human sexuality instruction to students.

Senate Bill 283 specifies:
Before each school year, a school district shall provide written notice to a parent of each student enrolled in the district of the Board of Trustees’ decision regarding whether the district will provide human sexuality instruction to district students. If instruction will be provided, the notice must include:

  1. a summary of the basic content of the district’s human sexuality instruction to be provided to the student, including a statement informing the parent of the instructional
    requirements under state law;
  2. a statement of the parent’s right to:
      a. review curriculum materials as provided by Subsection (j); and
      b. remove the student from any part of the district’s human sexuality instruction without subjecting the student to any disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction imposed by the district or the student’s school; and
  3. information describing the opportunities for parental involvement in the development of the curriculum to be used in human sexuality instruction, including information regarding the local school health advisory council established under Subsection (a).

A parent may use the grievance procedure adopted under Section 26.011 concerning a complaint of a violation of Subsection (i).

The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees approved the Always Changing: Puberty and Stuff program by Procter and Gamble for students in Grade 5. This video-based basic anatomy presentation has a version for each gender and boys and girls are separated for the lesson in order to introduce developmentally appropriate information to each gender. The Dripping Springs ISD Board of Trustees approved the Big Decisions® program to be used in the middle school and high school health classes. The Big Decisions® program is an abstinence-plus program designed for students in Grades 7-12 that provides medically accurate and up-to-date information on STDs, teen pregnancy, and the laws concerning teens and sex. Role playing is used to help students learn about peer pressure, goal setting and setting limits. The curriculum is modified by District staff for students in Grades 7 and 8 to ensure the students are receiving age appropriate information specific to the needs of our middle school students.

The modified curriculum will be posted on the middle school website for review prior to beginning of the human sexuality instruction unit in health classes each semester. More information about Big Decisions® is available at  In addition, the Austin LifeGuard Character and Sexuality Education assembly program may be used as an introduction to the sexual health unit. The abstinence-based program is designed to empower teens in the Austin area with accurate information and practical tools to help them make healthy decisions, build strong relationships, and fully experience the benefits of saving sex for marriage. More information about Austin LifeGuard is available at

Parents will be informed prior to the presentation of curriculum materials informing parents of program details, providing an opportunity for parents to review the curriculum materials in advance of their students, and providing parents the opportunity to remove their child from any part of the district’s human sexuality instruction without subjecting the student to any disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction. Parents may also choose to become more involved with the development of curriculum used for this purpose by attending the district’s SHAC meetings or applying to be included as a member of the SHAC. Information about District Community Advisory Committees including SHAC and an application for a committee appointment is available on the District website at Dripping Springs ISD – Community Advisory Committees (”

Austin Lifeguard · Big Decisions · Dripping Springs ISD

Dripping Springs ISD 2016-2017 SHAC Meetings

Dripping Springs ISD 2016-2017 SHAC Meetings:

“SHAC meetings will be held in room B301 of the DSISD Central Administrative Office from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on October 11, November 15, February 14, and April 11.”

According to the SHAC Recommendations from the 2015-2016 School Year, the Dripping Springs ISD SHAC will review the Human Sexuality Instruction in the 2016-2017 School Year.

“Recommendation 3

SHAC continues to promote the belief that all students in the DSISD should have exposure to a health education curriculum that includes a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum with a variety of sexuality education learning resources. Per the 3-year review cycle, the district’s health education curriculum will be reviewed by the SHAC during the 2016-2017 school year.”

Here is a link to the SHAC website – including SHAC Roster.

Austin ISD · Big Decisions

Austin ISD 2016-2017 SHAC Meetings

Austin ISD 2016-2017 SHAC – “The AISD School Health Advisory Council meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Carruth Auditorium Board Room at 1111 West Sixth Street, unless otherwise noted. Membership to the SHAC is by annual school board appointment. Meetings are open to all interested persons.”…/…/meetings-membership