2012 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
118. General school operations.
118.019 Human growth and development instruction.

WI Stat § 118.019 (2012 through Act 45) What's This?

118.019 Human growth and development instruction.

118.019(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this section is to foster a partnership between parents of pupils attending schools in the school district and the schools in the school district to promote the optimal health and well-being of the pupils. The provisions of this section are in addition to, and do not supplant, the requirements under ss. 118.01 (2) (d) 2. c. and 8. and 118.13 (1), which are critical to maintaining the physical and psychological health of each pupil.

118.019(1m) (1m)Definitions. In this section:

118.019(1m)(a) (a) "Age-appropriate" means suitable to a particular age group of pupils based on their developing cognitive and emotional capacity and consistent with adolescent development and community standards.

118.019(1m)(b) (b) "Medically accurate information" means information that is scientifically-based and published, where appropriate, in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.

118.019(2) (2)Subjects. A school board may provide an instructional program in human growth and development in grades kindergarten to 12. If the school board elects to provide an instructional program under this section, when the school board establishes the curriculum for the instructional program, the school board shall make determinations as to whether and, if so, for what subjects covered in the curriculum the pupils shall be separated by gender. If an instructional program is provided, the following instructional program is recommended:

118.019(2)(a) (a) Present medically accurate information to pupils and, when age-appropriate, address the following topics:

118.019(2)(a)1. 1. The importance of communication about sexuality between the pupil and the pupil's parents or guardians.

118.019(2)(a)2. 2. Reproductive and sexual anatomy and physiology, including biological, psychosocial, emotional, and intellectual changes that accompany maturation.

118.019(2)(a)5. 5. The benefits of and reasons for abstaining from sexual activity. Instruction under this subdivision shall stress the value of abstinence as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and shall identify the skills necessary to remain abstinent.

118.019(2)(a)7. 7. Methods for developing healthy life skills, including setting goals, making responsible decisions, communicating, and managing stress.

118.019(2)(a)8. 8. How alcohol and drug use affect responsible decision making.

118.019(2)(a)9. 9. The impact of media and one's peers on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to sexuality.

118.019(2)(a)10. 10. Adoption resources, prenatal care, and postnatal supports.

118.019(2)(a)11. 11. The nature and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

118.019(2)(c) (c) Address self-esteem and personal responsibility, positive interpersonal skills, and healthy relationships.

118.019(2)(d) (d) Identify counseling, medical, and legal resources for survivors of sexual abuse and assault, including resources for escaping violent relationships.

118.019(2)(e) (e) Address the positive connection between marriage and parenting.

118.019(2)(f) (f) Present information about avoiding stereotyping and bullying, including how to refrain from making inappropriate remarks, avoiding engaging in inappropriate physical or sexual behaviors, and how to recognize, rebuff, and report any unwanted or inappropriate remarks or physical or sexual behaviors.

118.019(2d) (2d)Nondiscrimination. An instructional program under this section shall use instructional methods and materials that, consistent with s. 118.13 (1), do not discriminate against a pupil based upon the pupil's race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic or cultural background or against sexually active pupils or children with disabilities. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit a school board from approving an instructional program under this section that includes instruction on abstinence from sexual activity or that is abstinence-centered.

118.019(2m) (2m)Required subjects. If a school board provides instruction in any of the areas under sub. (2) (a), the school board shall ensure that instruction conforms to s. 118.13 (1) and that the following is provided, when age appropriate, in the same course and during the same year:

118.019(2m)(c) (c) Presents abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils.

118.019(2m)(d) (d) Emphasizes that abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

118.019(2m)(e) (e) Provides instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage for adults and their children.

118.019(2m)(f) (f) Explains pregnancy, prenatal development, and childbirth.

118.019(2m)(g) (g) Explains the criminal penalties under ch. 948 for engaging in sexual activities involving a child.

118.019(2m)(h) (h) Explains the sex offender registration requirements under s. 301.45. Instruction under this paragraph shall include who is required to report under s. 301.45, what information must be reported, who has access to the information reported, and the implications of being registered under s. 301.45.

118.019(2m)(i) (i) Provides medically accurate information about the human papilloma virus and the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

118.019(2s) (2s)Provision of instruction. Subject to s. 120.13 (37m), nothing in this section prohibits a school district from providing instruction under this section, in whole or in part, to pupils while the pupils are separated from members of the opposite sex.

118.019(3) (3)Distribution of curriculum to parents; notice. Each school board that provides an instructional program in human growth and development shall annually provide the parents or guardians of each pupil enrolled in the school district with an outline of the human growth and development curriculum used in the pupil's grade level, information regarding how the parent or guardian may inspect the complete curriculum and instructional materials, an explanation of the exemption under sub. (4), and a statement that pupils exempted from instruction under this section will still receive instruction in the subjects under s. 118.01 (2) (d) 2. c., unless exempted, and s. 118.01 (2) (d) 8. The school board shall make the complete human growth and development curriculum and all instructional materials available for inspection by a parent or guardian upon his or her request at any time, including prior to their use in the classroom.

118.019(4) (4)Exemption for individual pupils. No pupil may be required to take instruction in human growth and development or in the specific subjects under subs. (2) and (2m) if the pupil's parent or guardian files with the teacher or school principal a written request that the pupil be exempted.

118.019(5) (5)Advisory committee. In any school district that offers a human growth and development curriculum, the school board shall appoint an ad hoc advisory committee whose role is to advise the school board on the design and implementation of the human growth and development curriculum and to review the curriculum. Parents, teachers, school administrators, pupils, health care professionals, members of the clergy, and other residents of the school district shall comprise the committee. No one category of member shall constitute more than one-fifth of the membership of the committee, except that parents may comprise more than one-fifth of the membership of the committee. No more than one quarter of the members of the committee may be made up of employees of the school district or their spouses or members of the school board or their spouses.

History: 1985 a. 56; 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 203; 1995 a. 27; 1997 a. 27; 2001 a. 16; 2005 a. 341, 445; 2009 a. 134; 2011 a. 216.

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