CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Parents in the Parkway School District are questioning proposed changes to the sex education curriculum, including how the district plans to handle transgendered students and more.
The sex education curriculum has not been updated since 2008, but the district said it’s time for an update.
At Wednesday night’s Parkway School Board meeting, administrators were expected to vote on a new sex education curriculum but decided to put it off. Officials said the framework for the classes needs more discussion and research before permanently adding it to lesson plans. Some of the topics include: sexual identity, transgender students, and overall sexual health. Some of the parents in attendance said they wanted to learn more before it hits the classrooms at both middle and high schools.
At present, more than 17,000 students attend school in the district.
At this point, no changes have been made and the Missouri Department of Health will do a second review of sample lesson plans. The district is also working on streamlining information for families online where they can opt out of the classes. As for the final vote, that will happen next March.
The final plan should be in place by next fall.