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Parent Information on Referendum 90 / ESSB 5395

With the passing of ESSB 5395 - also known as Referendum 90 - be assured the district is a strong advocate for local control of curriculum decisions regarding sexual health education.
 
The district reviewed the requirements and definitions of the new law and will maintain local control. Instructional decisions remain at the district level, not at the state level. As always, parents can review instructional materials and opt their child out of any sexual health education lessons.
 
The learning needs of our students are at the center of our work, and we will not be making any major changes to our curriculum. All elementary grades will continue to receive social-emotional learning that does not contain sexual health content. Our district will also strengthen learning on affirmative consent and bystander training to help students set healthy boundaries and safely intervene when they see bullying, harassment, or other inappropriate behaviors.
 
More information and frequently asked questions are included in the PDF below.