CCSD address parents' sex education concerns

LAS VEGAS -- Rumors over potential changes in the Clark County School District's sex education curriculum had dozens of parents and even former students fired up at the school board meeting Monday night.

The parents were upset about rumors they heard that the school district was going to change sex education from an abstinence based model to a more comprehensive approach, which was laid out in 109 page national guideline that included topics ranging from rape, homosexuality and masturbation.

"That's a dangerous path to be walking," said one parent at the CCSD meeting.

8 News NOW asked the Clark County School District (CCSD) about this, and it did admit that changes may be coming due to a potential bill that will update sex education in Nevada in the next legislation. Right now, sex ed in CCSD is based on an "abstinence-based" curriculum.

It's comprised of dedicating three hours out of the entire year in fifth grade to talk to students about sex, along with six more hours in both eighth and ninth grades.

However, the school district's idea of a more comprehensive approach is getting mixed reactions from parents.

"Our current sex ed curriculum is based on facts and I suggest we keep it that way," one parent at the CCSD meeting said.

Deanna Wright, the CCSD Trustee said the school district met with some of the parents to get their opinion and to discuss the possibility of making sex education more comprehensive. However, the survey that was sent to those parents was leaked to other parents like Caryne Shea.

"I got six separate emails from different people," Shea said.

This was something the school district said it wasn't expecting.

"I don't' think any of us were ready for anything like that to come out; it was shocking," said Deanna Wright, CCSD Trustee.

Shea said many parents at the meeting told her they just felt left out of the conversation.

"It's really tough and uncomfortable I think," Shea said.

However, Wright says the district wants to eventually hear from all of the parents, but with the state of Nevada being seventh in the country in teen pregnancy, more comprehensive sex education courses may be necessary.

A former CCSD student also weighed in on the matter saying she agrees, and it's due to her own personal experience.

"I was sexually assaulted and I didn't get a chance to learn what that meant, they don't teach you consent and that's a big deal, said Schantilly Tuazon, a former CCSD student.

CCSD is considering giving every parent their own sex-ed survey, but for now they're planning future public meetings and they want parents to email their input here.


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