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Round Rock ISD may change sex education curriculum

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Some Round Rock ISD parents say abstinence is the only topic that should be taught in school. But, a proposal is recommending additions to the curriculum.

Sex education is a touchy subject.

"I'd hate for her to learn that in such a public setting," said Round Rock ISD parent, Nancy Carrasco.

"We just prefer, for our personal preferences and our religious beliefs, that she hear it from us, rather than the school," added another Round Rock ISD parent, Joy Fries.

Round Rock ISD parents are reacting to a proposal by the district's School Health Advisory Committee to add to the current sexual education curriculum.

FOX 7 asked Nancy, "You're okay with the program the way it is right now?"

"Barely," she replied."

"As it stands now, she has been through it, so yes," Fries added.

The topic was supposed to be discussed at a board of trustees meeting, but the district pulled the item from the agenda.

JoyLynn Occhiuzzi, with the Round Rock ISD, said, "We've recognized that there is an error in how the School Health Advisory Council was formed and based on that, we want to go ahead and start over and have the members appointed correctly by the board of trustees."

The School Health Advisory Council is made up of both parents and district employees.

Right now, the district teaches middle school and high school students abstinence only.

Nancy said, "I know it's something that all the children need to be taught, but I rather think the parents can teach certain things."

Occhiuzzi said, "In the process of looking at our curriculum and receiving data from the health department, they made the add a contraception lesson.

And if the contraception section is added?

"No, no, no. I'll take her outta that then," Nancy said.

Fries added, "We will be opting her out of the program so that she will not be in it."

"We believe in abstinence. We want our students to abstain, but at the end of the day, we also want our students to have factual information," said Occhiuzzi.

They hope parents teach this information too. If not, it's just available at school.

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