Monroe City School Board approves new sex education course for schools this fall

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Monroe City School Board had some big items on the table at Thursday night’s meeting. The biggest topic was sex education in schools.

SOURCE: (KNOE)

The board unanimously voted to implement a sexual education curriculum that will be taught in schools starting next month.

The “Three R’s” curriculum which stands for Rights, Respect, and Responsibility, has been in the works for the last three years.

It is based on the main tenants from the Louisiana State law for sex education which must emphasize abstinence, but also includes other methods such as condoms and contraception.

"This is a curriculum we've been working on for about three years, and it has been developed just for our parish and our community. With what we felt was needed in our area," said Jan Daniels the Youth Development Coordinator for the Children's Coalition for NELA.

The class is eighth grade only and will be taught during the health portion of the students' physical education classes.

During the planning period, parents were invited to give input on what should be taught to students throughout the course.

"We've had meetings, we've had coalition meetings, we've had ad hoc meetings with parents, students from Monroe City Schools, and we've had 100 percent support with this program we want to push through," Daniels said.

This is an opt-out program and parents can choose to have their child not participate. If they choose to do so, they will be placed in another classroom while the course is being taught.

The school board also proposed that the course be taught to seventh graders starting next school year.

The board also approved an agenda item that would reimburse them for paying for the Neville High School scoreboard.

The board did not approve “award pay” for winners of the La. teacher of the year and principal of the year awards. This will be further discussed by the finance and policy committees in the future.