Biology classes in the Tulsa Public School District are suspended for three weeks, with all students instead participating in a 12-module sex education program.
School board member E’Lena Ashley posted a video on her Facebook with a district teacher, who said that from Nov. 28 until the end of the semester, students ‘will not be receiving biology instruction’ . According to the district’s website, the sex education curriculum will be taught to all high school students enrolled in a biology class, as well as all seventh graders.
Ashley said many parents are unaware of the program and are struggling to figure out how to withdraw their students.
“We want parents to be made aware that they have the opportunity to opt out of this sexual indoctrination,” Ashley said in the video.
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The sex education program, called Positive Prevention PLUS, is an “evidence-based program” that “provides students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the virus immunodeficiency (HIV), and unplanned pregnancy,” according to the opt-out form, posted on the district’s website.
The instruction also includes issues such as anatomy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation.
“In support of Tulsa Public Schools District school board regulations, the Tulsa Department of Health or Tulsa Youth Services will provide the Positive Prevention PLUS program to all students enrolled in a biology class,” indicates the website.
A spokesperson for the Tulsa Public School District said it was not accurate to say that the sex ed curriculum replaced biology.
“There are no changes to the scope and sequence of our biology program aligned with state standards,” the spokesperson said.
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Ashley said she heard from parents in the district who were unaware of the instruction, or how they could opt out of the program. She suggested that the default should be for parents to choose their children from the class rather than the other way around.
“In my opinion, those parents should be able to sign up, if that was their decision,” Ashley said. Ashley also said parents should be able to audit the class and should be given printed materials and links to videos that would be used in the class.
“As I talk to more parents, they don’t get this information. They don’t get information from TPS on how to get the forms, how to get the curriculum, what the lesson plans are,” she added.
A parent, Paul Zelenski, told Fox News Digital that he discovered the sex ed curriculum while discussing an unrelated matter with a school counselor.
Zelenski, who has a child in seventh grade, said he “strongly agreed” with 90% of the curriculum, but that issues such as gender identity and sexuality he believes should not be introduced to young students.
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The district spokesperson said parent notification is being provided in three ways: “schools distribute information electronically, teachers send information home with students, and schools hold preview nights,” said the spokesperson.
On the district’s website, the school notes that student participation in the program is “voluntary” and at the choice of the parent or guardian.
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The course modules included in the program were ‘Relationship Abuse’, ‘Human Trafficking’, ‘Prevention of Unplanned Pregnancy’ and ‘Media and Peer Pressure’.
The website also said the district would hold a parent preview party before the start of instruction, but Zelenski said there was no clear communication on when the parent preview parties would be.