File No. 34925
This rule was published in the July 1, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 13) of the Utah State Bulletin.
School Instruction and Human Sexuality
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 34925
Filed: 06/15/2011 03:58:44 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is amended to add language specific to maturation education, maturation instructional materials, and to include charter schools in the rule language.
Summary of the rule or change:
The amendments provide a new definition on maturation education, provide updated language on maturation education throughout the rule, include charter schools, and provide changes to reflect current terminology.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Subsection 53A-1-401(3)
- Subsection 53A-13-101(1)(c)(ii)(B)
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There are no anticipated costs or savings to the state. The rule now includes language on maturation education; changes in terminology do not result in costs or savings.
There are no anticipated costs or savings to local government. The rule now includes language on maturation education; changes in terminology do not result in costs or savings.
There are no anticipated costs or savings to small businesses. This rule and the amendments apply to public education and do not affect businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There are no anticipated costs or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities. The rule now includes language on maturation education; changes in terminology do not result in costs or savings.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs for affected persons. The rule now includes language on maturation education; changes in terminology do not result in any compliance costs.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
I have reviewed this rule and I see no fiscal impact on businesses.
Larry K. Shumway, State Superintendent
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Education
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Carol Lear at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7835, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Carol Lear, Director, School Law and Legislation
R277. Education, Administration.
R277-474. School Instruction and Human Sexuality.
A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.
B. "Curriculum materials review committee (committee)" means a committee formed at the district or school level, as determined by the local board of education , that includes parents, health professionals, school health educators, and administrators, with at least as many parents as school employees. The membership of the committee shall be appointed and reviewed annually by August 1 of each year by the local board, shall meet on a regular basis as determined by the membership, shall select its own officers and shall be subject to Sections 52-4-1 through 52-4-10.
C. "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act" is a state statute, Sections 53A-13-301 and 53A-13-302, that protects the privacy of students, their parents, and their families, and supports parental involvement in the public education of their children.
D. "Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs" means any course, unit, class, activity or presentation that provides instruction or information to students about sexual abstinence, human reproduction, reproductive anatomy, physiology, pregnancy, marriage, childbirth, parenthood, contraception, or HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. While these topics are most likely discussed in such courses as health education, health occupations, human biology, physiology, parenting, adult roles, psychology, sociology, child development, and biology, this rule applies to any course or class in which these topics are the focus of discussion.
Inservice]" means training in which Utah
educators may participate to renew a license, receive information
or training in a specific subject area, teach in another subject
area or teach at another grade level.
F. "Instructional Materials Commission" means an advisory commission authorized under Section 53A-14-101.
G. "Medically accurate" means verified or supported by a body of research conducted in compliance with scientific methods and published in journals that have received peer-review, where appropriate, and recognized as accurate and objective by professional organizations and agencies with expertise in the relevant field, such as the American Medical Association.
H]. "Parental notification form" means a form
developed by the USOE and used exclusively by Utah public school
districts or Utah public schools for parental notification of
subject matter identified in this rule. Students may not
participate in human sexuality instruction
or instructional programs as
identified in R277-474-1D without prior affirmative parent/guardian
response on file. The form:
(1) shall explain a parent's right to review proposed curriculum materials in a timely manner;
(2) shall request the parent's permission to instruct the parent's student in identified course material related to human sexuality ;
(3) shall allow the parent to exempt the parent's student from attendance for class period(s) while identified course material related to human sexuality is presented and discussed;
(4) shall be specific enough to give parents fair notice of topics to be covered;
(5) shall include a brief explanation of the topics and materials to be presented and provide a time, place and contact person for review of the identified curricular materials;
(6) shall be on file with affirmative parent/guardian response for each student prior to the student's participation in discussion of issues protected under Section 53A-13-101; and
(7) shall be maintained at the school for a reasonable period of time.
I]. "Utah educator" means an individual such as an
administrator, teacher, counselor, teacher's assistant, or
coach, who is employed by a unit of the Utah public education
system and who provides teaching or counseling to students.
J]. "Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission
(Commission)" means a Commission authorized under 53A-6-301
and designated to review allegations against educators and
recommend action against educators' licenses to the Board.
K]. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of
R277-474-2. Authority and Purpose.
A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution, Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-13-101(1)(c)(ii)(B) which directs the Board to develop a rule to allow local boards to adopt human sexuality education materials or programs under Board rules and Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities.
B. The purposes of this rule are:
(1) to provide requirements for the Board,
school districts and individual educators [
consistent with legislative intent and the Board Resolution
of March 14, 2000 which addresses instruction about and materials
used in discussing human sexuality in the public
schools; (2) to provide a process for local boards to approve human
sexuality instructional materials; and]
R277-474-3. General Provisions.
A. The following may not be taught in Utah
public school [
courses] through the use of instructional
or live] instruction:
(1) the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation or erotic behavior;
(2) the advocacy of homosexuality;
(3) the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or
(4) the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage.
B. Educators are responsible to teach the values and information identified under Section 53A-13-101(4).
C. Utah educators shall follow all provisions of state law including parent/guardian notification and prior written parental consent requirements under Sections 76-7-322 and 76-7-323 in teaching any aspect of human sexuality.
D. Course materials and instruction shall be free from religious, racial, ethnic, and gender bias.
R277-474-4. State Board of Education Responsibilities.
The Board shall:
A. develop and provide [
inservice programs] and assistance with training for
educators on law and rules specific to human sexuality instruction
and related issues.
B. develop and provide a parental notification form and timelines for use by school districts .
C. establish a review process for human sexuality instructional materials and programs using the Instructional Materials Commission and requiring final Board approval of the Instructional Materials Commission's recommendations.
D. approve only medically accurate human sexuality instruction programs.
E. receive and track parent and community complaints and comments received from school districts related to human sexuality instructional materials and programs.
R277-474-5. School District Responsibilities.
A. Annually each school district
shall require all newly hired or newly
assigned Utah educators with responsibility for any aspect of human
sexuality instruction to attend [
a] state-sponsored [ inservice] outlining the human sexuality
curriculum and the criteria for human sexuality instruction in any
courses offered in the public education system.
B. Each school district shall provide training consistent with R277-474-5A at least once during every three years of employment for Utah educators.
C. Local school boards shall form curriculum materials review committees (committee) at the district or school level as follows:
(1) The committee shall be organized consistent with R277-474-1B.
(2) Each committee shall designate a chair and procedures.
(3) The committee shall review and approve all guest speakers and guest presenters and their respective materials relating to human sexuality instruction in any course prior to their presentations.
(4) The committee shall not authorize the use of any human sexuality instructional program not previously approved by the Board, approved consistent with R277-474-6, or approved under Section 53A-13-101(1)(c)(ii).
(5) The district superintendent shall report educators who willfully violate the provisions of this rule to the Commission for investigation and possible discipline.
(6) The district shall use the common parental notification form or a form that satisfies all criteria of the law and Board rules, and comply with timelines approved by the Board.
(7) Each district shall develop a logging and tracking system of parental and community complaints and comments resulting from student participation in human sexuality instruction, to include the disposition of the complaints, and provide that information to the USOE upon request.
D. If a student is exempted from course material required by the Board-approved Core Curriculum, the parent shall take responsibility, in cooperation with the teacher and the school, for the student learning the required course material consistent with Sections 53A-13-101.2(1), (2) and (3).
R277-474-6. Local Board Adoption of Human Sexuality Education Instructional Materials.
A. A local board may adopt instructional materials under Section 53A-13-101(1)(c)(iii).
B. Materials that are adopted shall comply with the criteria of Section 53A-13-101(1)(c)(iii) and:
(1) shall be medically accurate as defined in R277-474-1G.
(2) shall be approved by a majority vote of the local board members present at a public meeting of the board.
(3) shall be available for reasonable review opportunities to residents of the district prior to consideration for adoption.
C. The local board shall comply with the reporting requirement of Section 53A-13-101(1)(c)(iii)(D). The report to the Board shall include:
(1) a copy of the human sexuality instructional materials not approved by the Instructional Materials Commission that the local board seeks to adopt;
(2) documentation of the materials' adoption in a public board meeting;
(3) documentation that the materials or
program meets the medically accurate criteria of R277-474-[
(4) documentation of the recommendation of the materials by the committee; and
(5) a statement of the local board's rationale for selecting materials not approved by the Instructional Materials Commission.
D. The local board's
adoption process for human
sexuality instructional materials
shall include a process
for annual review of the board's decision.[
This decision may be appealed by a designated number or
percentage of district patrons as defined by the local
R277-474-7. Utah Educator Responsibilities.
A. Utah educators shall participate in training provided under R277-474-5A.
B. Utah educators shall use the common parental notification form or a form approved by their employing school district , and timelines approved by the Board.
C. Utah educators shall individually record parent and community complaints, comments, and the educators' responses regarding human sexuality instructional programs.
D. Utah educators may respond to spontaneous student questions for the purposes of providing accurate data or correcting inaccurate or misleading information or comments made by students in class regarding human sexuality.
KEY: schools, sex education
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
August 8, 2006]
Notice of Continuation: July 1, 2010
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53A-13-101(1)(c)(ii)(B); 53A-1-401(3)
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