Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Beth Sumner said, “Sex education classes satisfy the state core curriculum requirements to teach students about the functions of the body. We work to get the perspective of health care providers.”
Middle School Guidance Councilor Joyce Stallons said that her school utilizes two programs, one entitled Postponing Sexual Involvement, the other Alpha Alternatives to teach students that the only certain way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases is abstinence.
“We send letters home to parents so they can make a choice about what they want their children to participate in,” said Stallons. “We have a pre-program meeting with parents before their children participate in the Alpha Alternatives program to learn about that curriculum. We follow up with parents after the program as well to offer feedback. It’s done anonymously and no names are mentioned. It gives parents an opportunity to ask questions about the class discussion.”
Sumner said, “The lessons deal with the risks of STD’s including HIV/AIDS and pregnancy. Classes discuss peer pressure and how to handle the pressures of male/female relationships and strategies to deal with it.”
Read about the Sex Education curriculum in the Oct. 31 Cadiz Record.