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

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.”