ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND SECONDARY
Curriculum Design – Sex Education
The Board of Education recognizes its shared role in addressing issues relating to sex education. Such issues may include human growth and development, human sexuality, individual rights and responsibilities, peer pressure and character building. The district shall make appropriate responses to these issues through targeted curricular efforts.
Materials and instruction, if used, shall:
1. Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relation to all sexual activity for unmarried students because it is the only method that is one hundred percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity; and advise students that teenage sexual activity places them at a higher risk of dropping out of school because of the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy;
2. Stress that sexually transmitted diseases are serious, possible, health hazards of sexual activity. Students shall be provided with the latest medical information regarding exposure to human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human papilloma virus, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases;
3. Present students with the latest medically factual information regarding both the possible side effects and health benefits of all forms of contraception, including the success and failure rates for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases;
4. Include a discussion of the possible emotional and psychological consequences of pre-adolescent and adolescent sexual activity and the consequences of adolescent pregnancy, as well as the advantages of adoption, including adoption of special needs children, and the processes involved in making adoption plan;
5. Teach skills of conflict management, personal responsibility and positive self-esteem through discussion and role-playing at appropriate grade levels to emphasize that the student has the power to control personal behavior. Students shall be encouraged to base their actions on reasoning, self-discipline, sense of responsibility, self-control and ethical considerations, such as respect for one’s self and others. Students shall be taught not to make unwanted physical and verbal sexual advances or otherwise exploit another person. Students shall be taught to resist unwanted sexual advances and other negative peer pressure;
6. Advise students of the laws pertaining to their financial responsibility to children born in and out of wedlock and advise students of the state law pertaining to statutory rape.
All instructions in sexual education will be age appropriate.
District administrators must notify the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in the district of:
1. The basic content of the district's sex eduction curriculum, and
2. The parent's right to remove the student from any part of the district's sex education instruction.
All curriculum materials used in the district’s sex education instruction shall be made available for public inspection as a public record prior to the use of such materials in actual instruction.
Legal: Section 170.015 RSMo.
Policy adopted: June 26, 1990
Revised: December 07, 1999