Human Sexuality & Responsibility

Human Sexuality & Responsibility Curriculum at Austin ISD

Austin ISD believes that a valuable element of education is the development of respect for all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other personal attributes. The district is committed to providing all students with a positive learning environment that enhances personal safety and promotes respect, dignity and equality. High standards are expected for both academic achievement and for behavior (FN Local).

The district’s Human Sexuality and Responsibility education program has been established to provide information and skill development for students in kindergarten through grade 12 so that they may reach their highest potential for physical, emotional, mental and social health.

The curriculum content shall be delivered in a developmentally and age-appropriate manner and shall include the most current and scientifically accurate information. Elementary and middle school students will receive HSR instruction annually in Nov./Dec., whereas high school students will receive HSR instruction in the final units of their Health Education course.

The National Sexuality Education Standards were used to develop the Austin ISD scope and sequence—the topics and timing of lessons—which was  approved by trustees in February 2019. Content shall include information regarding healthy relationships, personal safety, identity, anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent development, pregnancy and reproduction, and sexually transmitted diseases and HIV (EHAA Local).

To ensure that students receive quality HSR instruction, all teachers will receive comprehensive training on skills and best practices about navigating complex content and concepts. Prior to HSR program implementation, the principal shall conduct at least one orientation session scheduled at a convenient time for parents and guardians. Families shall be provided reasonable written notice of the time and location of the orientation session. The purpose of the session is to detail the process of implementation of the HSR program and the opt-out process.

Families shall have ample opportunity to preview all instructional materials online. Additionally, families may contact individual schools to view teacher resources available in school libraries. For any other information or requests, please contact school principals.

HSR Update: April 2022

The updated proposed K-12 HSR lessons are complete and the survey is open!

Please check your email for an individual link, unique to you, and use your student’s ID number to access. The survey will be open until Friday, May 6th. 

Things to know about the survey:

  • The original email came from AISD Surveys on Monday, April 18. It was sent to the email address that is listed as your primary email contact, which is only one contact per family. If you do not see the email, please check your spam or junk folder as well as the parent portal in order to verify which email address is on file as the primary email contact for the district. 

  • You should also be getting an email from your campus principal. If the link for the survey in the principal message does not work, please look for the original AISD Surveys email and then contact survey@austinisd.org if needed. 

  • The link from your email will not transfer to someone else so do not forward or give that link to anyone else to use. 

  • The link from your email can also only be used to log in one (1) time. Unfortunately, the survey will not save your progress and allow you to log out and go back to it. Once you open it and log in, leave that window open, right click to open all the necessary documents in other windows, then respond to the open survey all at one time, if possible. If this is not possible and you need help getting back into your survey, please contact survey@austinisd.org

Here is the proposed timeline and information regarding the revisions, review, and approvals process:

April 2022: AISD Family HSR Feedback Survey

  • Principals will provide a family presentation during Apr 11-22 regarding why AISD is asking for feedback on the lessons and to give additional information regarding how to take the survey. 

  • AISD will email families an invitation to take the survey. Families may provide feedback on any or all grade levels.

  • The survey will be open from Apr 18 through May 6 

  • SHAC will host 2 meetings for additional feedback regarding the lessons on Apr 27 and May 4 

May 2022: HSR Lesson Final Revisions

  • The AISD academic department will make any lesson revisions as needed based on the HSR Survey Feedback and the 2 SHAC feedback meeting.

June 2022: HSR Lesson Approval

  • AISD will present to SHAC on June 1 to obtain a formal recommendation to take to the Board of Trustees

  • AISD will discuss the HSR lessons at the Board Information meeting on June 9, 2022

  • AISD will present the HSR lessons at the Board Voting meeting on June 23, 2022

Click here for an archive of previous HSR Website Updates.

Resources

Human Sexuality and Responsibility Beginning of the Year Parent Notification Letter

This letter is a notification letter to advise parents and legal guardians that an age-appropriate human sexuality and responsibility unit focusing on health, safety and well-being will be taught to all Austin ISD students. The unit is taught to students in kindergarten through high school in the months of November/December and during the months of April/May for students enrolled in the high school health education course for the Spring semester. The kindergarten through second grade curriculum is currently being revised and is anticipated to go to the Board of Trustees early in the 2021 Fall semester for approval.  This letter is also a part of every student's registration process.

Family Permission Letters

Parents and legal guardians will receive a Permission Letter at least two weeks before the Human Sexuality and Responsibility instruction begins.  Parents and legal guardians will determine if their child will opt-in to each of the lessons that will be taught. Students who opt-out will be provided with alternative instruction and shall not be punished or embarrassed in any manner for non-participation.  Those interested in viewing the alternate lessons must contact individual schools for more information. Elementary and middle school classroom teachers will be responsible for teaching this unit during the students' science instruction.   High school students will receive instruction from the Health teacher during their Health Education course. The ​HSR unit will be taught during the months of November and December for all students.  High school students, enrolled in the Health course during the spring semester, will be instructed in April and May.  Principals will also be conducting an HSR Orientation meeting before instruction begins to review policies, permission letters, and content.  Please contact your campus principal for specific dates.

Parent and Family Resources

AISD believes parents and families are the most important people that should talk to their children regarding human sexuality. As stated in EHAA (Local) Policy, “The District shall serve as a resource for parents and families for sexuality education. The District may offer seminars for parents or guardians that support and encourage their active involvement in the sexuality education of their children.”  Please see the following link for this non-exhaustive list of parent and family resources.

Human Sexuality & Responsibility Curriculum

Kindergarten–Second Grade

In light of changes to Human Sexuality and Responsibility (HSR) requirements emerging from recent legislation and updates to the health education TEKS, AISD is postponing the revisions of K-2 HSR lessons and will be reviewing and revising the K-12 HSR curriculum during the spring semester.  Therefore, the HSR unit will not be taught this fall to Kindergarten through 2nd-grade students.  AISD would like to encourage parents and legal guardians to review the Parent and Family Resources, which are linked above. 

Third–Fifth Grades

Lesson Third-Grade Lessons Fourth-Grade Lessons Fifth-Grade Lessons
1

Identity [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Healthy Relationships [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Healthy Relationships [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

2

Healthy Relationships [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Personal Safety [Arabic, Spanish]

Identity [Arabic, Spanish]
(Revised, Dec. 2020)

Student Handouts

English - Spanish

3

Personal Safety [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Identity [Arabic, Spanish]

Puberty & Personal Hygiene [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

4

Anatomy & Physiology [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Anatomy & Physiology [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Body Image [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic  - Spanish

5

Puberty & Adolescent Development [Arabic, Spanish]

Puberty & Adolescent Development [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Reproductive System & Pregnancy [Arabic, Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic  - Spanish

Sixth–Eighth Grades

Lesson Sixth-Grade Lessons Seventh-Grade Lessons Eighth-Grade Lessons
1

Characteristics of Relationships [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Relationships [Arabic - Spanish]


Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

What Makes a Relationship Healthy? [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

2

Using Technology & Social Media [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Relationships & Social Media [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Maintaining Healthy Relationships [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

3 Personal Safety & Safe Environments [Arabic - Spanish]

Personal Safety [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Challenges to Healthy Relationships [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

4

Identity [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Identity [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

Everyone Has the Right to Safety [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

EnglishArabic - Spanish

5

Female & Male Reproductive Systems [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Female & Male Reproductive Systems [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Power in the Community—Building a Safe Space for Us All [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

6

Changes in Adolescence & Puberty [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Puberty & Adolescent Development [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Defining Sexuality & Sexual Health [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

7

Self-Concept & Body Image [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Pregnancy & Reproduction [Arabic - Spanish]

Understanding the Consequences of Sexual Activity [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

8 Abstinence to Prevent Pregnancy [Arabic - Spanish]

Pregnancy Prevention [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Strategies to Avoid & Reduce the Risks of Sexual Activity [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

9

Sexually Transmitted Diseases & HIV [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

STDs & HIV [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

Decision-Making to Reduce Risks [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

10    

Managing the Consequences of Sexual Activity [Arabic - Spanish]

Student Handouts

English - Arabic - Spanish

High School

High School Overview - (Spanish coming soon) Revised 9/2/2021

The high school Health Education course includes one unit of the Human Sexuality and Responsibility curriculum. The 6 lessons in this unit cover developmentally and age-appropriate information related to identity and sexuality; healthy and unhealthy relationships; anatomy, physiology, and reproduction; pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; heredity, paternity, and parenting; and abstinence, contraception, and consent. Because the curriculum materials used in this unit are copyrighted, they are not posted here in their entirety (EHAA Policy). For full access to the curriculum, you can find it in your campus library or contact your child’s health teacher to request a copy.