WCSD passes new sex ed curriculum

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RENO, NV (KOLO) -- Washoe County School District leaders have approved a new sex education curriculum. It passed June 4, 2019 by a vote of 5-2.

The WCSD Board of Trustees approved lessons two through six. Lesson one has been referred back to the committee.

KOLO 8 News Now has learned that the board has agreed to translate all curriculum into Spanish and there is one online resource that will be removed.

The lessons include topics such as sexting and consent. The District has been working on this for a few years and these changes would only affect high school students. Later changes are expected for elementary and middle school students.

The proposed changes focus on consent, sexual assault, harassment, tech safety and the consequences that go along with that. Some parents previously said the changes go too far; others say this is the curriculum the district needs.

"I'm not very old and I didn't have to deal with sexting, and now I'm also a mother and my children are going to go through a lot of different things that I just wasn't exposed to, so they're really just trying to update this to make sure that it's relevant for our young people," said Andrea Thompson, who is for the new curriculum.

"We should not be urging students to participate in sexual activity at 14 or 15 years old. We should be urging them to stay away from sexual activity until they're emotionally and mentally ready for it," said Valerie White, who is against the new curriculum.

The sex education curriculum hadn't been updated since 2003. The new curriculum aims to catch up with the times and is intended to be more inclusive for LGBTQ students.

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