• Sex Education Curriculum

    Pickford Sex Education Advisory Board

    Meeting Summary

    March 2, 2015 – Public Hearing #2

     

    1.       Called to order by Co-Chairs Briana Otten and Shelby Hagen at 6:00 p.m.

    2.      Introduction of Advisory Board members: Briana Otten, Shelby Hagen, Katrina Head, Laura Tinker, Mary Tinker, Erika Bishop, Pastor Craig Weihman, Catherine Worden (consult), Angela Nettleton

    3.      Description of  legal authority for Public Hearing as per state requirements

    4.      Purpose of Public Meeting: To report to the public on the progress of the Sex Ed Advisory Board and obtain input on proposed revision to the district Sex Ed curriculum. 

    5.      Board Processes and Information:  The district Sex Ed Advisory Board has met 5 times throughout the 2014-15 school year.  Board members have looked at regional and district level survey data on the sexual behavior of students in grades 7-12.  A parent survey was conducted for all parents who have children in the district.  76% of survey respondents affirmatively indicated that they thought that the sex ed curriculum should have a risk reduction component which includes a discussion of contraception as well as a focus on abstinence as the only100% reliable method of preventing STI’s and pregnancy.  Available curriculums were reviewed along with peer reviewed research on effective sex ed curriculums.   The recommended curriculum was presented at a public hearing on February 16th.   

    6.      Advisory Board Recommendations:  The advisory board is proposing a revision from a current abstinence only curriculum to an abstinence based curriculum.  The main difference will be that the curriculum will cover behavioral risk reduction methods in addition to the teaching of abstinence.  Particular curriculum materials include:

    a.       Puberty: The Wonder Years, Wendy L. Sellers, RN, CPC, MA – 5th-7th grade

    b.      Growing Up and Staying Healthy: Understanding HIV and other STI’s, Michigan Model for Health – 7th-8th grade

    c.       Healthy and Responsible Relationships: HIV, Other STI’s, and Pregnancy Prevention, Michigan Model for Health – 9th-12th Grade

    7.      Period of Public Comment:  No written public comment was received.  The one parent who attended the public hearing expressed support for the process, asked questions regarding specific curriculum content and parental rights to exempt students from instruction, and made suggestions regarding providing instruction separately by gender..

    8.      Closing Comments:  A summary of this Public Hearing will be posted on the district website.  A summary will also be shared with members of the Board of Education at their March 16th meeting. The approval of the sex ed. curriculum will be an agenda item for the Board of Education’s consideration.


    Pickford Sex Education Advisory Board

    Meeting Summary

    February 18, 2015 – Public Hearing #1

    1.       Called to order by Co-Chairs Briana Otten and Shelby Hagen at 6:00 p.m.

    2.      Introduction of Advisory Board members: Briana Otten, Shelby Hagen, Katrina Head, Laura Tinker, Mary Tinker, Erika Bishop, Pastor Craig Weihman, Catherine Worden (consult), Angela Nettleton

    a.       Absent:  M. Tinker, Bishop, Weihman, Worden

    3.      Description of  legal authority for Public Hearing as per state requirements

    4.      Purpose of Public Meeting: To report to the public on the progress of the Sex Ed Advisory Board and obtain input on proposed revision to the district Sex Ed curriculum. 

    5.      Board Processes and Information:  The district Sex Ed Advisory Board has met 5 times throughout the 2014-15 school year.  Board members have looked at regional and district level survey data on the sexual behavior of students in grades 7-12.  A parent survey was conducted for all parents who have children in the district.  76% of survey respondents affirmatively indicated that they thought that the sex ed curriculum should have a risk reduction component which includes a discussion of contraception as well as a focus on abstinence as the only100% reliable method of preventing STI’s and pregnancy.  Available curriculums were reviewed along with peer reviewed research on effective sex ed curriculums. 

    6.      Advisory Board Recommendations:  The advisory board is proposing a revision from a current abstinence only curriculum to an abstinence based curriculum.  The main difference will be that the curriculum will cover behavioral risk reduction methods in addition to the teaching of abstinence.  Particular curriculum materials include:

    a.       Puberty: The Wonder Years, Wendy L. Sellers, RN, CPC, MA – 5th-7th grade

    b.      Growing Up and Staying Healthy: Understanding HIV and other STI’s, Michigan Model for Health – 7th-8th grade

    c.       Healthy and Responsible Relationships: HIV, Other STI’s, and Pregnancy Prevention, Michigan Model for Health – 9th-12th Grade

    7.      Period of Public Comment:  No written public comment was received.  Individuals in the audience expressed support for the process and the proposed curriculum changes. 

    8.      Closing Comments:  The 2nd Public Hearing will be held on Monday, March 2nd, at 6:00 p.m.  A summary of this Public Hearing will be posted on the district website.  A summary will also be shared with members of the Board of Education at their February 16th meeting. 

     
    Public Hearing #1 Agenda-- 2/16/15


    1.  Call to Order

    2.  Introduction of Sex Ed Advisory Board

    3.  Legal Authority for Public Hearing

    4.  Purpose of the Public Hearing

    5.  Sex Education Advisory Board information and processes

    6.  Advisory Board Recommendations

    7.  Period of Public Comment

    8. Closing Comments

    9.  Adjourn

    A brief report on this hearing will be made available to the public on the district website by 2/18/15.

    Thank you for your participation in the approval process of our district's reproductive health curriculum.  The next public hearing will be held on Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Last Modified on August 7, 2017