Consent to Human Sexuality Instruction
Before a student receives human sexuality instruction, the district must obtain written consent from the student’s parent. Parents will be sent a request for written consent at least 14 days before the instruction will begin.
As a part of the district’s curriculum, students receive instruction related to human sexuality. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) makes recommendations for curriculum materials, and the school board adopts the materials and determines the specific content of the instruction.
In accordance with state law, a parent may:
- Review, receive a copy of, or purchase a copy of curriculum materials depending on the copyright of the materials.
- Remove his or her child from any part of the human sexuality instruction without academic, disciplinary, or other penalties.
- Become involved in the development of this curriculum by becoming a member of the district’s SHAC or attending SHAC meetings. (See the campus principal for details.)
- Use the district’s grievance procedure concerning a complaint. See Complaints and Concerns (All Grade Levels) in FNG(LOCAL).
State law also requires that instruction related to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS):
- Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice 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, if used consistently and correctly, is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity;
- Direct adolescents to abstain from sexual activity before marriage as the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; and
- If included in the content of the curriculum, teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates.
Under state law (Texas Education Code 28.004), parents have the right to review or purchase curriculum material related to human sexuality instruction.
Each section below provides a description and references the materials selected for the instruction in LISD. If a parent would like to view the materials in person, please contact your campus administration to set up a time during regular business hours.
For purchase agreements between school districts and publishers entered into after September 1, 2021, parents may choose to purchase all curriculum materials at the same price paid by the school district.
Opportunities for Parent/Guardian Involvement
Parents/ guardians have the opportunity for involvement in the development or selection of the curriculum used in human sexuality instruction. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) meets regularly throughout the school year and meetings are open to the public. The SHAC will review and make recommendations to the district about any changes to the current human sexuality curriculum or any new program to be implemented. The SHAC shall hold two public feedback meetings if any curriculum is being adopted or revised. Current resources have already been adopted by the LISD Board of Trustees.
Please contact Melanie Vincelette, Director of Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-948-2008. or visit https://www.lisd.net/Page/1662 if you are interested in further information regarding the School Health Advisory Council.
A parent may use the grievance procedure concerning a complaint of a violation of notice requirements. The district has adopted a standard complaint policy at FNG(LOCAL) in the district’s policy manual. A copy of this policy may be obtained in the principal’s or superintendent’s office or on the district's website at lisd.net/board. Parents may also use the appeals process under Texas Education Code Section 7.057.
We look forward to working with you to ensure your child has a positive and educationally enriching experience.