FILE: IDBA


SEX EDUCATION

In order to better educate and meet the growing awareness of today's youth, school boards have been granted the discretion, if so desired, of conducting classes in subject matter designated as sex education. Said subject matter shall be integrated into an existing course of study in grades seven through twelve. When offered, such instruction shall be offered to non-graded special education students at age appropriate levels. Whenever instruction in sex education is offered by a school, such instruction shall be available also to any student in such school regardless of the student's grade level who is pregnant or who is a mother or father.

No religious beliefs, values, customs, practices in human sexuality nor the subjective moral and ethical judgement of any person shall be included in the study of sex education. Students shall not be tested, quizzed, or surveyed about their personal or family beliefs or practices in sex, morality, or religion.

All instructional materials used during the course of study of sex education shall be submitted to and approved by the Livingston Parish School Board and by a parental review committee, whose membership shall be determined by the Board. The major emphasis of any sex education institution offered in this parish shall be to encourage sexual abstinence between unmarried persons and any instruction shall:

(a) Emphasize abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for all school children.

(b) Emphasize that abstinence from sexual activity is a way to avoid unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease (including acquired immune deficiency syndrome), and other associated health problems.

(c) Emphasize that each student has the power to control personal behavior and to encourage students to base action on reasoning, self-esteem and respect of others.

Any child may be excused from receiving instruction in sex education at the option and discretion of his/her parent or guardian.

Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann 17:281.