WCSD approves L.G.B.T.Q. SHARE curriculum

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Sexual education curriculum in Washoe County high school classrooms is changing.

School Board trustees voted six to one to approve lessons about sexual orientation and gender identity.

"I voted no because I wanted the changes to be brought back to the next meeting to allow the public a chance to review it for full transparency," said WCSD School Board Trustee, Andrew Caudill.

High School students will learn about terms like what it means to be straight, gay, lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, queer, pansexual, and asexual.

One concept in the lesson plan encourages students to think about same sex relationships and whether one person plays the male role and the other person plays the female role.

Some parents with traditional values expressed their concerns, but the Washoe County School Board approved the new lesson plans after considering what the parents and school leaders said during the Tuesday meeting.

"These lessons aren't opinion or belief based. They're fact based. So that just kind of solves that problem right there," said WCSD Chair Coordinator, Rochelle Proctor.

The lesson plans approved at the Sept. 10 meeting are the results of a years worth of work by the S.H.A.R.E Advisory Committee.

The new lessons will begin as early as the fall 2019 semester, but no later than the spring 2020 semester.

The school board added two amendments to the new sexual education curriculum.

First, a teacher will talk with each class about the fact that students come from homes with different values, but these lesson plans are about definitions and facts.

Second, teachers will use slides to present information about the terms heterosexual, lesbian or gay, and bisexual. Everything else will remain the same in the lesson plans. You can view the lesson plans by clicking the "Hot Topics" tab on the home page of this website.  

The S.H.A.R.E. Advisory Committee will have another meeting November 13, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washoe County School District administration offices.