Growth and Development
Tomball ISD Human Sexuality Instruction
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.
Per state law, here is a summary of the district’s curriculum regarding human sexuality instruction:
As a part of the 4th grade Health curriculum for girls and the 5th grade Health curriculum for all students, students receive instruction related to human development and reproduction. As a part of the high school Health curriculum, students receive instruction in human sexuality.
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.
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.
Before a student receives human sexuality instruction, the district must obtain written consent from a student's parent. Parents will be sent a request for written consent at least 14 days before the instruction.