Proposal: Sex ed for CPS students as young as 5
The Chicago Public School board is considering a new sex ed program and how it will be taught to children as young as kindergarten and first grade.
Dr. Stephanie Whyte, The Chief Health Officer for CPS says the proposed changes come in response to new federal and local standards.
The program also will include discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time.
Currently, sex ed programs begin in fifth grade.
Under the new proposal kindergarten and first grade children would learn about anatomy, healthy relationships and personal safety.
Second and third graders will learn about growth and development.
In fourth grade they’ll cover physical, social and emotional aspects of puberty as well as causes of HIV transmission.
And in fifth grade students will cover human reproduction, contraception and bullying.
Parents would have the option to keep their children out of the programs. The changes could be in place by 2016.