Big Decisions Information
From May 10th- May 17th, the 9th grade biology teachers and campus counselors will be working in collaboration to teach the Big Decisions curriculum to 9th grade students. From May 20th- May 23th, the 7th grade science teachers and campus counselors will be working in collaboration to teach the Big Decisions curriculum to 7th grade students.
The Big Decisions curriculum is recommended for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. The goal of the Big Decisions curriculum is to help young people make healthy and informed decisions about sex. It is designed to encourage young people to postpone sexual activity and provide guidance and information for the young people to reduce their risks when they do become sexually active.
Big Decisions curriculum covers sexual and reproductive health. So, we urge you to reinforce the material by discussing it with your child, if you have not already done so. The information covered in this curriculum includes:
- Anatomy and reproduction
- Abstinence (what it is and where to set limits)
- Basic sexual rights (to say “no” to sex) and responsibilities (never to pressure anyone for sex)
- Methods to avoid unplanned pregnancy
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading them
In accordance with WISD District Policy, a parent or guardian may request that his or her child be allowed to “opt out” of the Big Decisions curriculum. Such a request can be submitted to the child’s respective campus by writing a letter, sending a signed note with your child, sending an email, or calling the campus office. Students who “opt out” will be assigned independent reading and writing activities and there will not be a grade penalty for students who “opt out.”
Should you elect NOT to have your child participate in the Big Decisions curriculum, you may write a letter, send a signed note with your child, email the child’s campus, or call your child’s campus office to “opt out” of the curriculum. You may elect to remove your child from the curriculum at any time.
If you have any questions, concerns, or wish to view the curriculum, please contact your child’s campus.