At the March 7th Leon County School Board meeting, school officials delayed the adoption of the proposed Human Growth & Development curriculum due to concerns of some parents and school board members.
One of the concerns related to a lesson included for seventh graders (12-13 year-old’s) which addressed ways to avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s).
The lesson provided a table – shown below – which identified activities and the associated risks for STD’s.
The activities associated with a high risk for STD’s included unprotected vaginal sex, anal sex and oral sex.
The lesson informs the seventh graders that low risk for STD’s was associated with using a condom when engaging in vaginal and anal sex. The lesson also informed that oral sex could be low risk if “using a latex barrier or cut-open condom correctly.”
The lesson indicates that activities associated with no risk for STD’s include bathing together, mutual or solo masturbation, and abstinence.
The lesson also notes that masturbation and mutual masturbation are “important because they can help people learn about their bodies and build connection between people without any risk of STDs.”
One parent that spoke at the hearing indicated that the curriculum was normalizing sexual activity for seventh graders.
During the meeting, the Board agreed to further review the proposed curriculum.