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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bluewater Board Weighs In On Sex Ed

Regional | by Travis Jackson  

Board spokesperson says changes to curriculum may not be as dramatic as people think.

The sex-ed curriculum in Ontario schools has been a controversial topic ever since it was announced that the the province's new Progressive Conservative government would revert to a 1998 version of the curriculum while consultations are carried out to create a new document.

Premier Doug Ford promised to scrap and replace the sex-ed curriculum during his election campaign run.

Bluewater District School Board Communications Officer Jamie Pettit says that traits such as inclusion, respect, and equality for all individuals will still be taught to students, regardless of whether the teachings reside in a government issued document.

He says it is rumoured that changes will occur, however Education Minister Lisa Thompson says that no decisions have been made on whether consent, cyber safety, and gender identity will be subjects taught in schools this fall.

Pettit says that changes to the curriculum may not be as dramatic as people believe. He says right now, the only thing we can do is wait and see what the new curriculum will look like. He says that the school board will ''follow the lead'' of the provincial government when they implement their revised sex-ed document.

He says the Bluewater District School Board will be keeping parents up-to-date on any and all changes that can be expected from the sex-ed curriculum changes.

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