Look at information and tips found on our website! Check your school district's website, newsletter & announcements. Watch for key-words, topics, events related to sex education/health. Look at books in your child's library [about sex, relationships, identity, bullying, etc.]. Ask to see ALL of the sex ed resources, curriculum(s), & plan of instruction Review your district's policies around sex education. Talk to other parents. Ask your child what they are learning/discussing in their health class. Meet resistance with facts and primary sources. Become familiar with you and your child's legal rights. Read material that you encounter VERBATIM to your school board. Make copies of content/materials that are concerned about Email specific questions or concerns to your administrator and school board members. Follow-up the next week. Hold them accountable. Expect answers. Be respectful - but also resolute. Ask LOTS of questions. Pace yourself. Involve other parents/guardians - strength in numbers - moral support. Keep your teachers, administrators and school board members accountable. Remember that you are helping other busy parents/guardians when you dedicate some attention to this.
Resistance Lack of clarity Delays Missing peices Intimidation Loose policies Confusion Lack of a consistent standard Mixed messagesSome of the above items result from a lack of understanding or communication by the district as to what is legally required to have available or in place. Parents' Rights in Education encourages that you be respectful but resolute when seeking answers. By law you have the right to view the curriculum and supplemental resources used in the education of your child. It is important that your district leaders and staff know that you are monitoring what takes place in your child's school. You are entrusting your minor child to their care and want to know what kind of instruction/curriculum is being presented.
Sex education courses Health/sex education curriculum adoption Sex Education handouts, assignments, surveys, resources and links that your child receives Health care services (including dental, mental, School Based Health Center) Bullying prevention After school programs Permission slips regarding viewing movies, field trips or guest speakers Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) Health insurance promotions Health/sex ed school board policy reviewsYou never know when this information may come in handy if you begin to see a pattern of activities/materials that feel like they are negating your rights as parents. If something doesn't seem right - you will have evidence to back it up.