Based on the questions and feedback from parents at the four parent sessions, there have been revisions made to the curriculum materials that will be used. The curriculum that will be used until the 2020 review of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan includes:
- Second Step Grades K-5
- Comprehensive Health Skills for Middle School, published by Goodheart-Willcox Grades 6-8
- Comprehensive Health, 2nd Edition, published by Goodheart-Willcox Grades 9-12
All curriculum is available at your school office. Any parent or community member who wishes to view the curriculum may set up an appointment to review materials at their school.
View the Jan. 22 presentation: Sexuality Education Curriculum Work Session Information and Presentation
The West Linn-Wilsonville School District hosted its fifth Health and Wellness Information Night on Tuesday, Jan. 22, providing updates on the status of the district’s Health and Wellness Plan. The parent work session focused on sexuality education, providing parents and community members the opportunity to review materials of potentially sensitive topics, ask questions, and provide input at the district Health and Wellness team finishes the comprehensive plan. Hundreds of parents throughout K-12 participated in the work session.
District staff outlined the Health/Wellness Standards, which include some new sexuality education topics. Following parent feedback, the district will focus on the following with the new plan:
- Materials, classroom discussions, and activities are age appropriate.
- There is advance notice of topics and how they will be taught.
- All instruction and activities are based on information from approved texts, not on beliefs or interpretations from individual teachers.
- Lessons and activities will be the same across district classrooms at each grade level.
- Lessons and activities will be planned and taught so that there is a comfortable and safe learning environment.
Community members also asked for additional attention to nutrition, mental health, bullying, social media, and understanding of alcohol and substance use. Community members also noted that gender identity language and discussion could be made more clear as to avoid confusion, and asked for an increased commitment to ensuring that the personal values and beliefs of individual educators do not influence the teaching of health and wellness.
The State of Oregon adopted new Health and Wellness Standards in 2016, requiring school districts across the state to approve and implement Health and Wellness Plans during the 2018-19 school year.
In response to those new standards, a WLWV team of counselors, teachers, and administrators began working to learn about the new State standards, explore curricular resources, and implement practices to teach toward those standards at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. All Health and Wellness teachers at the secondary level are certified in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Those teachers frequently engage in professional development and research in health and wellness curriculum.
Parents joined administrators during five separate parent workshops to learn about the standards and provide feedback about the implementation process of health and wellness practices throughout K-12 in the school district. The Comprehensive Health and Wellness Plan will be presented to the School Board on Feb. 4 for review and potential adoption.