Health Education

Health Education at Austin ISD

The Austin ISD Health Education curriculum consists of high-quality instruction and activities that are aligned to state and national standards. The Health Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills are divided into four strands. The strands address knowledge and skills needed to understand health behaviors, health information, influencing factors and personal/interpersonal skills.

Please be advised a human sexuality and responsibility unit will be taught to your child. The unit is taught during the month of May for kindergarten through eighth grade and during a specific unit in the high school health education course. All human sexuality and responsibility lessons can be viewed by parents by visiting your campus library. Families may opt out of these lessons. For more information see below.

Human Sexuality and Responsibility

The district’s sexuality education program has been established to provide information and skill development for students in Pre-K through grade 12 so that they may reach their highest potential for physical, emotional, mental and social health.Austin ISD'ss core values include high expectations, respect for the individual, resources to support student needs, and shared ownership and commitment. 

In November 2018, AISD held three public meetings and sent a survey to all families to gather input regarding possible updates to the district's human sexuality and responsibility curriculum. The Board of Trustees approved the 2019-20 third through eighth grade overviews in February, 2019 (see below in Resources).

View the survey results

Lesson Updates (9/25/2019)

Third through Fifth Grade Lessons

Families reviewed the lessons and provided feedback in May 2019. Based on this feedback, staff revised the lessons in June and July of 2019. Below is a link to the 2019-20 draft lessons for grades three through five. These lessons are scheduled to go to the Board of Trustees​ on October 28, 2019.

Third through Fifth Grades Draft Lessons for Board of Trustee Approval

 

Sixth through Eighth Grade Lessons

AISD families were given the opportunity to review and provide feedback via a survey of the draft lessons for sixth through eighth grade September 18-23, 2019 in the Parent Cloud. While the survey is now closed, the draft lessons remain in the Parent Cloud for your review. The School Health Advisory Council will also review the lessons and provide a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Staff will review the survey results and will revise lessons to reflect the feedback and ensure alignment to the middle school overviews, which were previously approved by the Board of Trustees. The draft lessons will be posted by October 11, 2019. These lessons are scheduled to go to the Board of Trustees on October 28, 2019.

Revised Lessons for Board Approval: These lessons were revised based on parent survey responses.  

Final lessons and revised opt-out letters for grades three through eight will be posted on this website by November 1, 2019. Additionally, lessons will be available for review in school libraries.

 

Austin ISD is currently seeking feedback, on the lessons for sex education and responsibility curriculum, from parents and guardians through community engagement meetings and through the Parent Cloud Portal. Families must have an enrolled student in AISD and must have a Parent Cloud account to be able to review lessons and provide feedback. Please visit the AISD website, How to Create a Parent Cloud Account, for more information.   These lessons were created internally.  AISD will not be using the Get Real curriculum that was reviewed last May due to SB 22.

A meeting specifically for Spanish and Arabic speaking families was held on Tuesday Sep. 17 at Navarro ECHS, and another will be held on Thursday Sep. 19 at Austin HS from 6-8 p.m. Interpreters for Spanish and Arabic  are scheduled for community meetings.

Feedback will be incorporated into revisions as appropriate and then lessons will be sent for review to the School Health Advisory Council held on Oct. 2. Community members unable to access a parent portal are welcome to review lesson plans by attending meetings. Community feedback is welcome through public comment at School Health Advisory Council meetings and the Regular Board Voting Meetings. Community members can also write their board representative or the full board of  trustees by emailing trustees@austinisd.org.

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions | Preguntas frecuentes

  • Austin ISD is in the process of revising the existing Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum for elementary and middle school students.
  • Parental involvement is very important to AISD during this revision process.
  • The survey was developed to collect input from families with students in elementary or middle school, prior to the selection and/or development of new curriculum.
  • Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum will be revised for grades 3–8 for the 2019–20 school year. Feedback is being collected for possible future revisions to the curriculum in kindergarten through second grade.
  • The possible revisions are based on the National Sexuality Education Standards.

  • El Austin ISD está en el proceso de revisar el plan de estudios actual de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad para estudiantes de escuelas primarias y secundarias.
  • La participación de los padres de familia es muy importante para el AISD durante este proceso de revisión.
  • La encuesta se creó para recolectar opiniones de familias con estudiantes en escuelas primarias o secundarias antes de la selección o creación del nuevo plan de estudios.
  • Se revisará el plan de estudios de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad para 3.° a 8.° grado para el ciclo escolar 2019-20. Se están recolectando opiniones para posibles revisiones futuras del plan de estudios de kínder a segundo grado.
  • Las posibles revisiones están basadas en los estándares nacionales para la educación sobre sexualidad.
  • Curriculum for all subject areas is periodically revised.
  • The existing curriculum is overdue for revision.
  • The School Health Advisory Committee requested review and revision of this curriculum.
  • The revision aligns with the district focus on student health, safety and well-being.

  • Los planes de estudios de todas las materias se revisan periódicamente.
  • La revisión del plan de estudios actual ya debería haberse hecho. 
  • El Consejo Consultivo de Salud Escolar solicitó un análisis y revisión de este plan de estudios.
  • La revisión está en línea con el enfoque del distrito en la salud, seguridad y bienestar de los estudiantes. 

Board Policy EHAA provides policy guidelines for human sexuality education. Guidelines include:

  • The AISD Board of Trustees determines the content parameters of human sexuality curriculum.
  • The School Health Advisory Committee requested review and revision of this curriculum.
  • The SHAC assists the district in ensuring that local community values are reflected when reviewing health education curriculum annually and making recommendations on revisions.
  • The curriculum must be abstinence-focused.
  • Human sexuality education scope and sequence (lesson overviews) will be available on the AISD health education webpage.
  • Curriculum must include lessons on:
    • Physical, emotional and sexual abuse;
    • Communication, goal-setting, decision-making, assertiveness, limit-setting (including how to say no), anticipating circumstances of risk, anticipating consequences, and refusal skills;
    • Evaluation of multimedia/cultural messages related to sexual behavior;
    • Students’ rights to the privacy of their bodies;
    • Students’ rights to feel safe from unwanted touches;
    • How to identify and talk to a trusted adult.

La norma de la Mesa Directiva EHAA provee las normas que se usan como guía para la educación sobre sexualidad humana. Incluyen:

  • La Mesa Directiva del AISD determina los parámetros del contenido del plan de estudios de Sexualidad Humana.
  • El SHAC ayuda al distrito a garantizar que los valores comunitarios locales estén reflejados en la revisión anual del plan de estudios de Educación para la Salud y a hacer recomendaciones sobre las revisiones. 
  • El plan de estudios tiene que enfocarse en la abstinencia.
  • El alcance y orden de la educación sobre sexualidad humana (resúmenes de las lecciones) se pueden encontrar en la página web de Educación para la Salud del AISD.
  • El plan de estudios tiene que incluir lecciones sobre lo siguiente:
    • abuso físico, emocional y sexual;
    • comunicación, establecimiento de metas, toma de decisiones, asertividad, establecimiento de límites (incluyendo cómo decir que no), anticipar circunstancias riesgosas, anticipar consecuencias y destrezas de negación;
    • evaluación de mensajes multimedia o culturales relacionados con el comportamiento sexual;
    • derecho de los estudiantes a la privacidad corporal;
    • derecho de los estudiantes a sentirse seguros contra el contacto indeseado;
    • cómo identificar y hablar con un adulto de confianza.
  • As in years past, families can opt out of individual lessons or all lessons by submitting a copy of the opt out form for the student’s grade level.
  • Teachers send opt-out forms home with students prior to instruction on human sexuality education. Opt-out forms can also be found on the AISD health education webpage.
  • During class periods in which a student’s family has submitted an opt-out form, that student will receive alternative instruction on Social and Emotional Learning topics in a different location. (location designated by campus administration)

  • Igual que en años pasados, las familias pueden elegir no participar en determinadas lecciones o en ninguna de las lecciones al enviar una copia del formulario para elegir no participar para el grado del estudiante. 
  • Los maestros envían formularios a casa con los estudiantes antes de la instrucción sobre sexualidad humana. Los formularios para elegir no participar también se pueden encontrar en la página web de Educación sobre la Salud del AISD.
  • Durante los periodos de clase para los que la familia ha entregado un formulario para que el estudiante no participe, el estudiante recibirá instrucción alternativa sobre temas de Aprendizaje Social y Emocional en otro lugar (la ubicación la designará la administración del plantel).
  • October 2018: November 2018: Families and Campus Advisory Councils complete survey.
  • December 2018: Share survey results with School Health Advisory Council for possible recommendation.
  • January 2019: Present the revised Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum to the AISD Board of Trustees for consideration and approval.
  • January 2019–June 2019: Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons will be determined and aligned to scope and sequence (topics and timeline) based on AISD Board of Trustees’ approval.
  • Beginning in January 2019: AISD sends notification letter to families through online student registration for the 2019–20 school year (new)
  • July 2019–October 2019: Training for principals and campus support staff
  • Beginning September 2019: New Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons for grades 3–8 housed at school libraries for public viewing.
  • September 2019–March 2020: Teacher training
  • March–April 2020: Orientation meeting invitation distributed by principal to families. Families also must receive the opt-out notice three weeks prior to instruction.
  • May 2020: Teach Human Sexuality and Responsibility lessons to students in grades 3–8.

  • Octubre a noviembre de 2018: Las familias y los Consejos Consultivos Escolares llenan la encuesta.
  • Diciembre de 2018: Se comparten los resultados de la encuesta con el Consejo Consultivo de Salud Escolar para su posible recomendación.
  • Enero de 2019: Se le presenta el plan de estudios de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad revisado a la Mesa Directiva del AISD para su consideración y aprobación.
  • Enero a junio de 2019: Se determinarán las lecciones de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad y se alinearán con el alcance y orden (temas y cronograma) con base en la aprobación de la Mesa Directiva del AISD.
  • Desde enero de 2019: El AISD les envía la carta de notificación a las familias por medio de la inscripción estudiantil en línea para el ciclo escolar 2019–20 (nuevo).
  • Julio a octubre de 2019: Capacitación para directores y personal de apoyo del plantel
  • Desde septiembre de 2019: Las nuevas lecciones de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad para 3.° a 8.° grado estarán en las bibliotecas escolares para que las lea el público.
  • Septiembre de 2019 a marzo de 2020: Capacitación de los maestros
  • Marzo a abril de 2020: El director les enviará a las familias las invitaciones a la junta de orientación. Las familias también tienen que recibir el aviso sobre la opción de no participar tres semanas antes de la instrucción.
  • Mayo del 2020: Se enseñan las lecciones de Sexualidad Humana y Responsabilidad a estudiantes de 3.° a 8.° grado.

Family opt-out letters

Note: Family opt-out letters will be revised based on Board of Trustee approval for the new third through eighth grade lessons for school year 2019-20.

Elementary Health Requirements

  • Classroom teachers and physical education teachers are responsible for teaching the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for health education.  
  • Classroom teachers are required to teach at least five health lessons per grading period and take at least three grades.
  • Students will be given a health education grade per grading period on their report card. 
  • Health and sexuality curriculum lessons are taught through elementary science. Science teachers should send home a form allowing parents to opt-out of this curriculum in advance of the unit.

Middle School Health Requirements

  • Physical education teachers are responsible for teaching most of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for health education.  
  • Health and sexuality curriculum lessons are taught through middle school science. Science teachers should send home a form allowing parents to opt-out of this curriculum in advance of the unit.  
  • Students may earn the .5 high school graduation credit by taking the Health Education course (#6931) in eighth grade if it is offered at their campus.

High School Health Requirements

  • Health education teachers are responsible for teaching the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for health education.
  • AISD requires that students earn .5 credit of Health Education course (#6931) for high school graduation.  
  • Health and sexuality curriculum lessons are taught through high school health education. Teachers should send home a form allowing parents to opt-out of this curriculum in advance of the unit.