|Doubt about which curriculum is being used for grades 7 & 8.||The Board adopted Teen Talk Middle School for grades 7 & 8.|
|Parents have no choice if their children receive this instruction.||Per the law, parents can Opt Out from the Teen Talk Middle School (TTMS) instruction for their child(ren).|
|Teen Talk Middle School is not medically accurate.||TTMS has gone through multiple medical reviews including by doctors from the CA Office of Family Planning and LA County Public Health Department.|
|The curriculum includes videos showing people having sex.||The curriculum does not include or reference videos or pictures showing people having sex.|
|The curriculum encourages students to have anal sex.||TTMS lists anal sex as the #1 highest risk category for transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. It is not encouraged.|
|The curriculum does not value abstinence as a choice.||Lesson 4 is called “Not Having Sex: Abstinence” and teaches students to identify at least 2 benefits of abstinence. Choosing not to have sex (abstinence) is reinforced throughout the curriculum as a choice at any time in one’s life.|
|SB Unified doesn’t care about our values as parents. They don’t listen to our concerns.||SB Unified held 5 parent/community meetings on Teen Talk Middle School in January. Parents/community emailed, called, met in person, reviewed the curriculum in the district office, and/or addressed the Board in public comment: Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Sept. 8 and in other non-agendized comments.|
|Teen Talk MS is not available in Spanish.||Every lesson is available in English and Spanish.|
To learn more about Health Connected, the nonprofit organization that developed and publishes TTMS, go to www.health-connected.org.
PARENTS, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! Attend a Teen Talk Middle School Curriculum Information Webinar for parents and trusted adults led by Health Connected, TTMS : 6:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26 (Spanish) and Wednesday, Oct. 28 (English). Message approved by Health Connected.