Round Rock Middle School Parents, there will be a Parent Forum for the Worth the Wait (Wellness and Sexual Health) program on Monday, March 27, 6pm – 7pm @ the Old Hopewell Building next to the Administration Building. Parents should attend and find out what will be taught for Human Sexuality Instruction in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
Ask questions such as:
* Who will be teaching the class?
* Do the teachers teaching the material attest to the Texas Education Code 28.004 and want students to choose abstinence?
* Will students be separated by gender for instruction?
* Will teachers utilize a Note Card process to keep the discussion on track?
* What is the opt out or opt in process and how do you know that your choice will be honored? Will your student being opt’d out be punished with excessive work or singled out?
School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) can have multiple committees. The Round Rock ISD SHAC has a Mental Health committee that works with the district to understand and review Counseling, Guidance, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.
According to a presentation from the May 14, 2013 SHAC meeting, the District counseling programs included:
* Trevor Romain
* Why Try
* Second Steps
* Leader in Me
* Child Lures
* Love and Logic
Parents should ask districts what Counseling, Guidance, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs are being used in the classrooms and in what grades. It is also important to know who is teaching the programs in the schools. Will they teach values in opposition to your families values?
Round Rock ISD communicates the Elementary School Maturation Instruction in the Elementary Handbook, Elementary Handbook. Here is an excerpt from the 2016-2017 Elementary Handbook:
All maturation curriculum and instructional resources are available at the campus and videos can be watched online. The maturation lesson is presented with the “opt out” opportunity so that parents can make a decision for their son/daughter.
In addition to learning age-specific health information on a variety of health topics, students in Grade 4 learn how their behaviors affect their body systems. Students are taught the consequences of unsafe behaviors, and how to protect themselves from harm. Students also learn the value and use of social skills in dealing with peer pressure, communicating effectively, and assisting in forming healthy social relationships. Maturation lessons will be facilitated by a certified teacher and supported by the school nurse. Gender groups will be separated for maturation lessons. The video “Always Changing” will be shown to both boys and girls. The girls will watch the girl version and the boys will watch the boy version.
In addition to age-appropriate information about personal health habits, students in Grade 5 are taught about the human body and the changes that come with puberty. Students are taught how to maintain healthy body systems and prevent disease. Students also learn how technology and the media influence personal health and how to apply problem-solving skills to improve or protect their health. Maturation lessons will be facilitated by a certified teacher and supported by the school nurse. Gender groups will be separated for maturation lessons. The video “Always Changing” will be shown to both boys and girls.”
Links to Proctor & Gamble’s Always Changing Videos and Transcripts
Round Rock ISD communicates the district’s Human Sexuality Instruction in the Secondary School Handbook, Secondary Handbook. Here is an excerpt from the 2016-2017 Handbook:
“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:
- 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
In accordance with state law, below is a summary of the district’s curriculum regarding human sexuality instruction:
Round Rock ISD administrators and parents, teachers and Board members have adopted the Scott and White Sex Education Program, which meets the requirements of Texas law requiring that sex education programs in the state be abstinence-only curricula. “Worth the Wait” is a 10 lesson program based on the medical and legal facts regarding teen sexuality activity. This includes information regarding puberty, sexual reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases and making healthy decisions. The curriculum is aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for science and health.
Austin LifeGuard’s high school presentation is a 270-minute program delivered in the classroom setting that promotes character and sexual health. The program is culturally and developmentally appropriate. Through the use of various methods including discussions, videos, games, and more, Austin LifeGuard seeks to prevent new STDs and unexpected pregnancies. The program also seeks to delay sexual initiation among Central Texas teens, increase abstinence, and promote healthy relationships.
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.”
Round Rock ISD 2016-2017 SHAC Meetings –
7-9pm, 9/27/16 – Old Hopewell, 1311 Round Rock Ave.
7-9pm, 10/25/16 – Old Hopewell, 1311 Round Rock Ave.
7-9pm, 12/13/16 – Old Hopewell, 1311 Round Rock Ave.
7-9pm, 2/21/17 – Boardroom, Admin. Bldg., 1311 Round Rock Ave.
7-9pm, 4/11/17 – Old Hopewell, 1311 Round Rock Ave.
7-9pm, 5/23/17 – Old Hopewell, 1311 Round Rock Ave.