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.”

Alamo Heights ISD · General

Alamo Heights ISD Open Records Request Response

An open records request was sent to Alamo Heights ISD regarding Human Sexuality Instruction and Counseling/Guidance Programs with the following results.

“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.”

Alamo Heights High School Human Sexuality Instruction

Alamo Heights Junior High Human Sexuality Instruction

Alamo Heights Counseling Programs Scope & Sequences

Alamo Heights Secondary Counseling Programs & Curriculums 2017

Alamo Heights Elem Counseling Programs & Curriculums 2017

Austin ISD · General · Social Emotional Learning · SOGI

20170404 – Open Records Request to Austin ISD regarding Welcoming Schools

On April 4, 2017, an open records request was sent to Austin ISD seeking documentation on the Welcoming Schools program.  Welcoming Schools is a program implemented in Austin ISD Elementary Schools.  Texas Education Code 28.004 requires school districts to notify parents of Human Sexuality Instruction.  However, the Welcoming Schools program is implemented as an anti-bullying program and did not go through the process outlined in Texas Education Code 28.004.

After receiving a cost estimate of $635 and the copy of a letter to the Texas Attorney General’s office, the request was modified to “teacher modules” and the following document was received.  During the wait period, a letter was also received from the Human Rights Campaign objecting to the open records request.

Parents should ask for transparency from their school districts.  You can get on your districts School Health Advisory Council and work with the district to review and recommend social emotional learning, counseling, and guidance programs including anti-bullying.  School Districts that implement any program that defines sex and sexuality terms outside of the SHAC recommended, Trustee approved program for Human Sexuality Instruction are violating Texas Education Code 28.004.  If parents are not notified, then the school district is violating Texas Education Code 28.004.  Get informed and be involved!


Email Exchange with Austin ISD –

https://www.scribd.com/document/348864776/20170404-Austin-ISD-Open-Records-Request

Timeline:

  • 4/4 – Submitted Open Records Request to Austin ISD – “Welcoming Schools. Please provide all Welcoming Schools communication and documentation including but not limited to the approval process, execution, events, announcements, pledges, petitions, teacher instructions, parental notification, calendar postings, emails to/from/between District employees and Trustees, and promotional materials including but not limited to images of stickers, t-shirts, posters, flyers, and cards.”
  • 4/12 – Received reply from Austin ISD saying that they don’t have Welcoming Schools
  • 4/12 – Submitted examples of Welcoming Schools in Austin ISD
  • 4/25 – Received cost estimate for $635 to respond to the request
  • 4/26 – Received a copy of the AG letter from Austin ISD – https://www.scribd.com/document/348864774/20170426AustinISDLettertoTXAG
  • 5/9 – Submitted a modified request for teacher modules to Austin ISD – “Please provide the teacher modules for the Welcoming Schools program.”
  • 5/10 – Received 22 page document from HRC – https://www.scribd.com/document/348864780/20170511HRCLettertoTXAG
  • 5/12 – Requested confirmation from Austin ISD that request was being processed; Received confirmation from Austin ISD
  • 5/15 – Received 116 page response from Austin ISD – https://www.scribd.com/document/348864787/05102017123649-0001
Alamo Heights ISD · General

Alamo Heights ISD Human Sexuality Instruction

Alamo Heights 2016-2017 Handbook regarding Human Sexuality 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 (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) 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:

At the 4th and 5th grade level, age appropriate information provided in gender groups (i.e., boys in one group, girls in another) about body development and changes.

At the 6th grade level, in the nine-week health course, the chapter on human growth and development covers the changes that occur during puberty and adolescence, with information on human reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) covered in gender groups.

At the high school level, in the Health course, the reproductive health unit covers reproduction, pregnancy, childbirth, family planning, STD’s, and caring for your reproductive health.

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.”