The most controversial aspect of the new curriculum, contraception, will be taught in health class at the high school level, said Scott Arneson, high school health education teacher.
Most students take the class when they are sophomores.
Arneson, who is an advisory member of the human growth and development committee, said the new lessons still will focus on abstinence.
But that base will be expanded to include more information about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, relationships and what the law says about underage sex in a neutral, factual manner.
"It's minimal changes, really," Arneson
Dorly Dahlke, of the town of Scott
, the mother of a middle schooler and three high schoolers, asked the School Board to scrap the sex ed curriculum altogether, rather than change to include the state mandates.
waiting and watching.
"At this point, we don't know what is going to happen as far as what exactly the curriculum will entail.
I trust Scott Arneson's
judgment," Dahlke said.
"But I'm leaning toward opting out at this point."
Instructor Scott Arneson teaches health to students during a large lecture class Wednesday at Merrill High School.
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Instructor Scott Arneson teaches health to students during a large lecture class Wednesday at Merrill High School.(Xai Kha/Wausau Daily Herald)