Sex Education Program
School Improvement Director
Students receive sex education as part of Bulloch County School's overall health education curriculum. We are committed to an abstinence-based curriculum which focuses on teaching students to set goals, understand boundaries, and keep themselves safe, online and in person.
Classes are single-gender (boys with a male instructor and girls with a female instructor) and will be taught either first or second semester depending on the specific schedule of your child's school. All grade levels will participate in a pre and post survey designed to assist with the continued improvement of our curriculum and instruction. Topics covered in the Sex Education curriculum differ based on the appropriateness for each grade level.
Instruction about Human Trafficking awareness and prevention will also be included during this 10-day health unit. This is a state mandate for all students in grades 6- 12, but is especially important because Georgia has a high percentage of human trafficking. During this training, students will learn the risk factors and protective factors for Human Trafficking.
Before choosing to opt your child out of instruction, we recommend that you register to attend an upcoming Parent Review Session. Parents have an opportunity to review the approved curriculum prior to instruction and learn more about the topics that will be taught.
Parents also have the right to opt their child out of sex education. An opt out form is posted on this website. Parents also have the right for their child to participate in instruction, but may choose to opt them out of the pre and post survey that is given to students as part of the lessons.
These are key points to know about Bulloch County Schools' sex education program:
- An initial district committee formed in February of 2019, collaborated with the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University to choose course topics and curriculum, which are based on national and state health education standards.
- A Sex Education committee meets annually to review proposed updates and revisions based on data from teacher and student surveys.
- State law and Bulloch County Board of Education policy now require implementation of a sex education program.
- The sex education program is for grades six to nine and focuses on sex definitions, sex violence prevention, and preventative health measures. It does not teach sex choices, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
- Curriculum can be reviewed by parents and an option to opt their child out of the 10-day unit is available.
- Abstinence is the basis of all lessons; however, facts about contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases are provided to students in grades eight and nine.
- The curriculum does not influence values or choices related to sex. Those are the responsibility of the individual students and their families.. If students have questions about topics which are not covered in the curriculum, teachers will refer students to a trusted adult (parent, counselor, school nurse) to have a one-on-one conversation.
- The topics, while sensitive, are meant to give students age-appropriate terms and factual information to help them understand what they are already seeing and experiencing in the world around them.
- If you have questions, email Debbie Sarratt .