Killeen ISD updates its sex-ed curriculum to include sex trafficking awareness

Published: Oct. 11, 2022 at 9:10 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - Killeen public schools will be adding something new to sex education this year.

Tuesday night, the Killeen Independent School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to include the prevention of child abuse, family violence, dating violence and sex trafficking in the district’s sex education curriculum.

“This is actually new for us, I believe it was passed down in TASB this year, so we are getting ready to put together a committee to explore (which curriculum program to choose which includes those new subject areas),” said Angenet Wilkerson, KISD Director of Community Relations.

The Board also approved the 2022-2023 roster, comprised of 40 parents and community volunteers, for the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and voted to allow them to start meeting to discuss which curriculum materials for human sexuality instruction to recommend to the Board for the 2022-2023 school year.

“It’s one of our strongest committees as far as engagement is concerned,” said KISD Supt. John Craft.

The SHAC meets five times a year to make recommendations to the school board. It holds two open meetings where curriculum is discussed before making any recommendations to the school board.

In KISD, sex-ed is taught in May and parents have to opt-in for each lesson.

Last year, students were taught a Baylor Scott & White Health program called Living Well Aware.

It’s available to middle school students starting in sixth-grade.