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Guidance Document Change: The guidance document "Model Policies Concerning Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content" was developed in conjunction with stakeholders in order to comply with SB656 (2022).
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7/21/22  12:28 pm
Commenter: Anonymous

Sexually explicit material

Thanks for the forum and open respect for different opinions, ideas and backgrounds. I was so overwhelmed last year that I didn't look at curriculum till May. I was shocked. We do have a curriculum complaint form and I'm sure if you love the curriculum, you can turn in a curriculum compliment form. The curriculum that I viewed discussed subjects that are not appropriate for minors . Topics for teens that I didn't hear till college were the Kinsey sex report, pan sexuality(actually I don't know what this means), the q in LGBTQ is questioning( I didn't know this),... This is just one section I looked at and I know there was so much more to go through. As a parent, it's hard to find the time to navigate the complex school media. I trust the teachers and staff to keep me informed, I just don't trust the age inappropriate curriculum.I hope the state and individual school districts go through the curriculum with a fine tooth comb for the sake of the children. I hope the teachers will respect the different background of their students' families and send out an informational form on controversial topics so we can at least talk to our children about these topics or opt out of these classes. We tell children to screen and be careful of intake regarding food, drink,.. and what we put in our bodies, we also have to be careful about information and materials we "digest." Though you may not agree with me , I thank you for including me with educational decisions.Thank you for working together with families regarding sexually explicit material and communication. Emails and texts are great from teachers and staff, just not "students, here are opt out forms on my desk if you want to bring them home" which I have heard about happening in class. Direct communication to the parents or guardians is best when teaching questionable material with respect for the families involved. Thanks again for your hard work, your transparency and your respectful exchange of ideas regarding minors and their families.

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