Texas Health and Sexuality Education Laws and Standards
School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
Human Sexuality: Pregnancy and Disease Prevention
Instruction in these topics may be adopted by a local board of trustees with input from the school health advisory council. If a district teaches sexuality education, it must:
- present sexual abstinence as the preferred behavior for unmarried students
- focus more on abstinence than any other behavior
- emphasize that consistent abstinence before marriage is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, STDs, HIV/AIDS, and “the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity”
Parental Notification and Opt-out Policies
Districts choosing to teach human sexuality must provide instructional materials for public review. Parents/guardians must be notified of material content and their right to deny such instruction as a part of their child’s education.
Adapted from Texas Education Code, Sec. 28.004, Local School Health Advisory Council and Health Education Instruction http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm
- National Abstinence Education Association: http://www.abstinenceassociation.org
- Abstinence Clearinghouse: http://abstinence.net
- National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/publications/absmedia.htm
- Department of State Health Services: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/default.shtm
Information above was compiled from Abstinence Education and the Texas Education Agency.