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Human Sexuality Program


Human Sexuality Program Information 

Georgetown ISD with guidance from School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) has approved Choosing the Best and Big Decisions for the comprehensive programs that will be used to learn about human sexuality. 

In accordance with Texas Education Code, Choosing the Best and Big Decisions presents abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity; devote more attention to abstinence from sexual activity than any other behavior; emphasizes that abstinence from sexual activity is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and infection with human immunodeficiency virus; and teach contraception and condom use in terms of human reality rates instead of theoretical laboratory rates. 

During the 87th Legislature, Texas House Bill 1525 was adopted which requires parents or legal guardians to provide consent for their students to participate in the Human Sexuality program. 

 


Choosing the Best Way

Mission: Educate teens on the health advantages of delayed sexual activity and empower them to make the healthiest choices, in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies and STDs, improving life outcomes for teens and their families.

Choosing the Best Way is the 6th-grade curriculum, and was created for lower middle school students. This six-lesson curriculum gives students age-appropriate insight into what's happening to their changing bodies and emotions, explores healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and teaches delaying sex as the best way. 6th-grade students will receive sexual health instruction during the spring semester through the Physical Education (PE) course. 

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Choosing the Best Path 

Mission: Educate teens on the health advantages of delayed sexual activity and empower them to make the healthiest choices, in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies and STDs, improving life outcomes for teens and their families.

Choosing the Best Path is the 7th-grade curriculum. This eight-lesson curriculum captivates middle school students. Assertiveness training engages students in learning how to say "No" to at-risk sexual activity and "Yes" to healthy relationships and sexual delay. 7th-grade students will receive sexual health instruction during the fourth nine weeks through the science course.

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Big Decisions

Mission: The goal of Big Decisions curriculum is to help young people make healthy and informed decisions about sex. By empowering youth to protect their health and avoid unplanned pregnancy, youth will be better able to achieve their educational career goals, and their children will be more likely to be healthy. 

Big Decisions encourages young people to postpone sexual involvement, and the program also gives them knowledge and skills to reduce their risks when they do eventually become sexually active. Big Decisions embeds basic sexual health education in a program that provides a safe, inclusive, and respectful group experience, and that helps young people: 

  • value and respect, both showing respect and expecting respect;
  • connect healthy decisions to achieving their personal goals and dreams;
  • recognize and build healthy relationships;
  • set and defend personal limits - and respect others' personal limits; 
  • practice refusal skills; and 
  • anticipate challenges and how to overcome them.

Eighth-grade students will receive sexual health instruction during the fourth nine weeks through the science course. High school students enrolled in Health I will receive sexual health instruction at the end of the 2nd or 4th nine weeks, depending on the semester in which they are enrolled in Health I. 

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 To view or purchase the curricula, please contact Paige Hoellen via email at hoellenp@georgetownisd.org.