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From the Superintendent of Battle Ground PS about the MS sex ed curriculum
Parents Rights in Education, 7/29/21

"Dear families of Battle Ground Public Schools," I'm writing to share with you an update on the status of the middle school health and sexual health curriculum adoption, on which many of you have provided input. At Monday night's school board meeting, we paused the adoption of the HealthSmart curriculum so that our Middle School Sexual Health Advisory Committee could consider another curriculum that we recently learned about as a possible option.



Battle Ground schools delay changes to sexual education curriculum
Columbian, July 28, 2021

Call it a pause — for now — on the approval of Battle Ground Public Schools’ new middle school sexual health education curriculum.
In a twist at Monday’s school board meeting, district leaders recommended holding off adopting HealthSmart as the curriculum to teach health and sexual health education to grades 5-8 beginning this school year in favor of taking a look at another option.

Check The Facts, a comprehensive sexual health curriculum developed in California, is now up for consideration and will be reviewed by the same 25-person committee created by the district which recommended HealthSmart last month.


Board vote was unanimous to postpone the choice.


Battle Ground School District proposed Sex Ed Curriculum review
Southwest Washington Education, June 24, 2021

The Battle Ground School District, like all districts across Washington State, is starting the process of choosing curriculum to meet the State mandated Comprehensive Sex Ed signed into law by Gov. Inslee as passed by the State Legislature. (It’s worth noting that this was a partyline vote. Democrats all voted yes). As such BGSD created a team of 20 people from about 100 applicants to review selected curriculum. The Directors of Curriculum gave an online presentation. You may want to view it before proceeding with the rest of this article so you understand what they shared: 

Battle Ground schools nix sex ed requirement
The Reflector, Nov 4, 2019

The Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors has decided to do away with most sexual education following community concerns over the content of the curriculum, instead going with the state minimum of HIV/AIDS prevention education.

The board voted 3-2 during its Oct. 28 meeting to change part of its policy to not teach comprehensive sexual education, keeping only the HIV/AIDS prevention required through the Washington State AIDS Omnibus Act as well as a fifth-grade unit on growth and development. Board President Troy McCoy and board member Mark Watrin voted against the change.

At the meeting, more than 40 members of the public testified, with the vast majority speaking out against the curriculum. Concerns focused generally on the effects of teaching topics such as pregnancy prevention, gender identity and stereotypes over fear it would lead to negative effects on students, such as increased promiscuity.

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