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1 Discussion and Possible Approval of Inclusion of Programs in MISD's Human Sexuality Instructional Program Superintendent’s Recommendation

2 Texas Education Code – (e) Any course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, or human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome shall be selected by the board of trustees with the advice of the local school health advisory council and must:

3 (1) present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age; (2) devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than to any other behavior; (3) emphasize that abstinence from sexual activity, if used consistently and correctly, is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, infection with human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity; (4) direct adolescents to a standard of behavior in which abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection with human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome; and (5) teach contraception and condom use in terms of human use reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates, if instruction on contraception and condoms is included in curriculum content.

4 Rationale of Action Item Concern for the lack of an educational model in MISD Five year analysis of pregnancy occurrences :157 students by end of school year : : : :154 students by end of March

5 Rationale of Action Item (cont) Four year analysis of sexually transmitted infection reported by students : 60% of the :73 % of the :88% of the :94% of the 154

6 Recommendation to MISD Board of Trustees Approval of MISD Human Sexuality Instructional Program that comprises three components. Component Recommendation It’s Your Game, Keep It Real – The University of Texas Prevention Research Center The Life Center – Sexual Integrity Education Program The Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support, Inc. – HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Education Program

7 It’s Your Game, Keep It Real Classroom and computer-based HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention program Consists of twelve 50-minute lessons Integrates group-based classroom activities with personalized journaling and individual tailored activities that are computer- based Educational components include “Knowing Your Body” / “Selecting, Detecting, and Protecting Your Rules” / “Healthy Friendships and Healthy Relationships” / “Consequences of Sex” / and “Risk Reduction Strategies” Program will target junior high students (7 th & 8 th graders)

8 School Districts Using “It’s Your Game” Aldine ISD:9 Campuses Alief ISD:6 Campuses Houston ISD:46 Campuses Huffman ISD:1 Campus KIPP Charter:8 Campuses Klein ISD:9 Campuses Lamar CISD:4 Campuses La Porte ISD4 Campuses North Forest ISD:2 Campuses Sheldon ISD:2 Campuses Spring ISD:7 Campuses

9 The Life Center Presenter driven holistic, student-centered approach to empower students to create goals and set boundaries Specific and narrow focus on sexual integrity as a behavior Clear message about sex and protection against STD’s and pregnancy Provides information necessary to lead to positive changes in beliefs, attitudes, and values Addresses peer pressure as it relates to risk-taking behavior Program will target intermediate students (4 th – 6 th grades) and high school students (9 th – 12 th ) grades

10 School Districts Using Life Center Andrews ISD:6 th – 12 th Grades Balmohrea ISD:7 th – 12 th Grades Big Spring ISD:7 th – 12 th Grades Ector County ISD:7 th – 12 th Grades Greenwood ISD:7 th – 12 th Grades McCamey ISD:7 th – 12 th Grades Midland ISD:6 th – 12 th Grades Plains ISD:9 th – 12 th Grades Stanton ISD:7 th – 9 th Grades

11 Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support, Inc. Presenter approach dealing with real-world implications of risk-taking decisions Emphasizes importance of families and effects of decisions on students’ families Describes life and death consequences of decisions Stresses self esteem and importance of liking, loving, and protecting yourself Stresses abstinence and discusses no such thing today as “Safe Sex” Assesses students as to their knowledge of sexual issues Program will target junior high students (7 th - 8 th grades) and high school students (9 th – 12 th ) grades

12 Districts Using MAAS Capitan SD (New Mexico) Ector County ISD McCamey ISD Midland ISD Ruidoso SD (New Mexico)

13 Rationale of Recommendation High level of MISD students dealing with pregnancy issues High level of MISD students dealing with sexually transmitted health issues Proposed recommendation consists of three successful programs that utilize different curriculum and instructional strategies across a broad range of grade levels to impact student decisions Provides a comprehensive approach, based on abstinence, as MISD’s Human Sexuality Instructional Program Budgetary impact to school district = ZERO

14 Specific Superintendent Recommendation Approval of Three Proposed Components of MISD Human Sexuality Instructional Program: (1) It’s Your Game, Keep It Real; (2) The Life Center; and (3) Midland/Odessa Area AIDS, Inc. Approval will be District-Wide: Grades PreK – 12 Approval of Specific “Opt-Out” Mechanism for MISD Parents and Guardians: Opt-Out Provision could be lesson specific, component specific, or for district sexual instructional program in total


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