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.