CCSD SEX ED POLICY

Vanessa Antonio and Amanda Alibangbang

There has been no decisions made about the CCSD sexual education enrollment from the CCSD Board of Trustees during their recent meeting. The board held a meeting because they wanted to know about what the community thought of changing the enrollment policy from an “opt in” to an “opt out”, according to Trustee Patricia Tew. Also, the meeting was about questioning if educators should or should not teach children about sex in the district’s health classes. They were debating whether children should be taught about sexual orientation, gender stereotypes, gender identity, and etc.

As of right now, parents with CCSD children can “opt” their children into sex-ed classes. If the parents decided their children aren’t ready, or they do not agree with the curriculum, they wouldn’t sign a written consent form.

Nevada is one of the three states that have an “opt in” policy. Thirty-five states have an “opt out” policy where children are automatically enrolled in sex-ed unless a parent disagrees with the lesson.

“Including in California, where we’ve seen Planned Parenthood come into the classroom,” said Erin Phillips, a parent, “They were coming home with these handouts that were teaching negotiation skills and how to take each other’s pants off.”

Trustees have decided that there will be another meeting held because parents, organizations, and community members argued for both policies and had a 7-hour period for comments.  

“Including in California, where we’ve seen Planned Parenthood come into the classroom,” said Erin Phillips, a parent, “They were coming home with these handouts that were teaching negotiation skills and how to take each other’s pants off.”