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Public school board issues letter to parents on sex ed

The Lambton Kent District School Board is hoping to clear up any confusion related to the sex-ed curriculum being taught this school year.

In a letter to parents and guardians Wednesday, the board laid out what it’s taking action on and what they’re waiting to receive direction on.

Superintendent for Early Years and Elementary Programs Ben Hazzard said they’ve been directed to use the re-issued 2010 Health and Physical Education Curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 and the 2015 curriculum in secondary schools.

“We’ve recommended that elementary teachers defer teaching the topics for human growth and development until the second term, so that updated supports from the Ministry of Education can come and from the Lambton school board itself can be shared. So that we can provide the supports for teachers to do the best thing possible for our students in the classroom,” said Hazzard.

He said while there are differences in topics outlined in the 2010 and 2015 curriculum for Grades 1-8, teachers will continue to have discussions about diverse families, online safety and consent.

“In the last few weeks as we’ve started up our school year, we haven’t had a lot of inquiries or concerns,” he said. “However, we’ve been suggesting that if there’s concerns on a classroom level that parents engage with teachers and if there’s concerns on a school level that they engage with principals.”

Anyone with concerns related directly to the re-issued 2010 curriculum, which contains sex-ed material from 1998, will be directed to the Ministry of Education.

The Ontario government has also established an online platform Fortheparents.ca to report concerns.