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School district considering big changes to sex ed curriculum

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Changes could be coming to the Clark County School District's sexual education curriculum.

Concerns about teen pregnancy and sexual violence have the district exploring a more comprehensive program.

Currently, sex education starts at fifth grade in Clark County and the program is basic and abstinence-based.

If changes are implemented, sex education could start as early as kindergarten.

Some changes the school board may considered are outlined a 112-page document called Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, which was put together by a national task force of educators and health experts.

Some of the suggestions in the document have local parents upset.

"You read through it and you're appalled by some of the stuff," said parent Ronald Withaeger.

Withaeger's oldest daughter will be in kindergarten in a few years.

"I was sick to my stomach. My wife and I read it. We're sick to think elementary age kids would be exposed to these types of things," he said.

The document covers nearly every sex education topic imaginable, and it's suggestions are intended for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Topics include healthful dating, marriage, family values, reproduction and much more.

"'Masturbation should be done in a private place.' That's kindergarten through third grade. You've got to be kidding me. There's no need to know that at that age," Withaeger said.

Clark County School Board Trustee Deanna Wright said that while some of the materials in the guide could be implemented, it will not be entirely adopted as the district's new curriculum.

"They put this out so districts can pick and choose from this what they want to teach in a curriculum," Wright said.

In a few weeks, parents will receive a detailed survey via email.

"We'll be asking with each statement, do you agree we should be teaching this, disagree or [are you] undecided?" Wright said.

The results of the survey, along with input generated at a series of upcoming school board meetings, will be evaluated before a new sex education program is voted on.

Parents can choose to have their children removed from sex education completely.

The school board will address the issue during its meeting on Oct. 9. Parents are asked to attend and provide opinions.

You may also provide feedback by emailing the school district at sexedinput@interact.ccsd.net.

The school board will present their recommendations to the Nevada Legislature during the spring session.

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