Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 6-12:
With a recent update to state law, effective this school year, all school systems in Tennessee are required to provide a medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education that teaches students:
- The benefits of abstinence and delaying sexual activity;
- The importance of effectively using contraceptives and barrier methods to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV);
- The age of consent, and that an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in a sexual activity is required for valid consent;
- How sexual activity results in pregnancy and the effects of pregnancy;
- How to communicate with a parent or other trusted adult about sex;
- How to develop the relationship and communication skills to form healthy, respectful relationships free of violence, coercion, and intimidation; and
- How to make healthy decisions about relationships and sexual activity.
In accordance with this revision to state law, CMCSS is notifying parents/guardians of this new requirement and seeking feedback from parents/guardians on the selection of a Family Life Curriculum. Please click here to review three proposed Family Life Curriculum resources and provide your feedback. Please complete your review by Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Parents/guardians have the right to excuse their students from any or all portions of the sex education. A student who is excused from any or all portions of the sex education will not be penalized for grading purposes if the student satisfactorily performs alternative health lessons. After a Family Life Curriculum is approved by the School Board and before Family Life Curriculum is taught, CMCSS will provide parents/guardians with more information on how to opt-out of the curriculum.