Instruction on Abuse Prevention

  • Students in junior high school and high school receive instruction related to the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking. The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) makes recommendations for curriculum materials, and the school board adopts the materials and determines the specific content of the instruction.

    Before adopting curriculum materials for the district's instruction relating to the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking, the board shall ensure that the curriculum materials are:

    1. Based on the advice of the local SHAC;
    2. Suitable for the subject and grade level for which the curriculum materials are intended; and
    3. Reviewed by academic experts in the subject and grade level for which the curriculum materials are intended.

    The board shall determine the specific content of the district's instruction relating to the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking, including the essential knowledge and skills addressing these topics developed by the State Board of Education.
    Education Code 28.004(q)-(q-1), (q-3)-(q-4)


    In accordance with state law, a parent may:

    • Review, receive a copy of, or purchase a copy of curriculum materials depending on the copyright of the materials. See policy EFA.
    • Remove his or her child from any part of this instruction without academic, disciplinary, or other penalties.
    • Become involved in the development of this curriculum by becoming a member of the district’s SHAC or attending SHAC meetings. (See the campus principal for details.)
    • Use the district’s grievance procedure concerning a complaint. See policy FNG(LOCAL) for information on the grievance and appeals process.

    Parent Consent Before Instruction

    Before a student receives instruction on the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence, and sex trafficking, the district must obtain written consent from the student’s parent. Parents will be sent a request for written consent at least 14 days before the instruction will begin. (SB 9)