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Policy 600.05 – Sex Education Instruction



Board Policy

  1. It is the primary responsibility of parents to provide sex education instruction for their children. It is the responsibility of the schools to provide supportive instruction which will complement the efforts of parents. 
  2. The Board authorizes the District Administration to conduct sex education instruction, within the framework established by the State Board of Education and as approved by Canyons School District.
  3. The District will follow all provisions of state law when teaching any aspect of sex education instruction, including parent/guardian notification and prior written parental consent requirements.
  4. Licensed educators must complete all state USBE trainings requirements specific to sex education instruction and curriculum prior to teaching sex education instruction.
  5. The Board authorizes the Superintendent and District Administration to establish administrative regulations consistent with this policy, subject to review and approval by the Board.



Definitions - 600.05-1

For purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:

  1. Maturation education: means instruction and materials used to provide fifth or sixth grade students with age appropriate, medically accurate information regarding the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty, to assist in protecting students from abuse and to promote hygiene and good health practices.
  2. “Refusal skills”: means instruction in a student’s ability to clearly and expressly refuse sexual advances by a minor or adult; in a student’s obligation to stop the student’s sexual advances if refused by another individual; informing a student of the student’s right to report and seek counseling for unwanted sexual advances; in sexual harassment; and informing a student that a student may not consent to criminally prohibited activities or activities for which the student is legally prohibited from giving consent, including the electronic transmission of sexually explicit images by an individual of the individual or another.
  3. Sex education instruction:  means any course, unit, class, lesson, activity, or presentation that, as a focus of the discussion, provides instruction or information to a student about sexual abstinence, human sexuality, human reproduction, reproductive anatomy, physiology, pregnancy, marriage, childbirth, parenthood, contraception, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, or refusal skills. 



Parent Permission Required; Restrictions in Instruction; Complaints and Violations - 600.05-2

Parent Permission Required

  1. The parent/legal guardian of a student must provide written consent before the student may participate in Sex Education Instruction.
  2. Consent must be obtained using the Parental Notification Form.
  3. The signed Parental Notification Forms must be retained at the school for a reasonable period of time but no less than one year.
  4. If a student’s parent/legal guardian chooses not to have the student participate Sex Education instruction, the school shall either waive the requirement to participate or provide the student with a reasonable alternative to Sex Education Instruction.
    1. A student’s academic or citizenship performance may not be penalized if the student’s parent/legal guardian chooses to have the student not participate in sex education instruction.


  1. The Sex Education Instruction shall stress:
    1. the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage as methods for preventing certain communicable diseases; and
    2. personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.
  2. The District’s Sex Education Instruction educators teaching Sex Education Instruction will comply with state law and board rules emphasizing abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage, and prohibiting instruction in the areas outlined in Utah Code §53G-10-402, through the use of instructional materials, direct instruction, or online instruction.
  3. At no time may instruction be provided, including responses to spontaneous questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or encourage violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult.
    1. This does not preclude an instructor from responding to a spontaneous question as long as the response is consistent with the provisions of this section.

Complaints and Violations

  1. Complaints and concerns should initially be handled at the school level between parents, teachers, and administrators.
  2. Each school will log and track complaints and comments resulting from student participation in sex education instruction. The district will report the disposition of complaints to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) upon request.
  3. Licensed educators will individually record parent and community complaints or comments regarding sex education instruction programs and will document their responses.
  4. Complaints that cannot be settled at the school level should be sent in writing to the Director of Instructional Supports who will forward the complaint to the district sex education instruction committee for review. The superintendent shall report educators who willfully violate these procedures or applicable state law to the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission for investigation and possible discipline.



Sex Education Instruction Committee - 600.05-3

The Superintendent delegates to the Director(s) of Instructional Supports the responsibility for the review and selection of appropriate materials working in conjunction with the District Sex Education Instruction Committee.  

The District Sex Education Instruction Committee:

  1. The Director of Instructional Supports shall see that the District Sex Education Committee is organized and functions as follows:
  2. The committee will include a Board member or designee and must include the following individuals: parents, health professionals, school health educators, and administrators. 
    1. The committee must include as many parents as school employees.
    2. Parent representatives must have students currently enrolled in the District.
    3. Committee members are appointed and reviewed annually by the Board of Education.
    4. Members of the committee shall:
      1. meet on a regular basis as determined by the membership;
      2. select Officers; and
      3. comply with Utah’s Open and Public Meetings Act.

The District Sex Education Instruction Committee’s Duties:

  1. Authorize the use of sex education instruction programs or maturation education programs previously approved by the State Board of Education.
  2. Review and recommend instructional materials that are medically accurate and comply with state law.
    1. Instructional materials will be available for reasonable review opportunities to district residents prior to consideration for adoption.
    2. Instructional materials must be approved in a public meeting by a majority vote of the board members present.
  3. Review and approve all instructional materials, speakers, special programs guest speakers and guest presenters and their respective materials relating to sex education instruction to ensure that the information sought to be presented is medically accurate and complies with state law.
  4. Review of prior approvals
    1. Instructional materials will be reviewed every two (2) years from the initial date of approval to check for medical accuracy and compliance with state law.
    2. Speakers, special programs, and resource agencies will verify in writing at the beginning of each school year that there have been no changes to their previously-approved presentations.
    3. Any changes must be reviewed and approved by the committee prior to their presentations.
  5. Hear appeals, complaints, or other special matters pertaining to existing sex education instruction programs and/or instruction that have not been resolved at the school level.
  6. Submit an annual written report to the board each year which summarizes the work performed by the committee and any complaints or concerns that were received by the District related to the District’s sex education instruction or instructional programs.
  7. Update annually the Approved Materials List which may be published accessed on the District’s website.



Training and Review - 600.05-4

  1. Training: The District will hold training every three (3) years for all educators that have responsibility for any aspect of sex education instruction.  R277-474 (5)(2).
  2. Review: In accordance with state law, every two years:
    1. The Board of Education will review this policy; and
    2. The Board of Education will review local county data provided by the county on the following:
      1. teen pregnancy;
      2. child sex abuse;
      3. sexually transmitted disease and sexually transmitted infections; and
    3. the number of pornography complaints or other instances within the jurisdiction of the local school board.



Maturation - 600.05-5

  1. Maturation: Each elementary school shall plan an elective maturation program for each fifth-grade girl and her parents and each fifth-grade boy and his parents. 
    1. The main purposes of the program will be to provide accurate information about sexual development and to encourage discussion in the home.
    2. At the discretion of the school principal, students and their parents from other grades may be invited to attend.




  • Parent Notification Form

Document History

Revised – 6.12.2018.  Policy – 600.05 –  Sex Education Instruction required a substantive update to include recent requirements from H.B. 286 – Reproductive Education Amendments (2018) as codified in Utah Code §53G-10-401, et seq.  Specifically, the new state law requirements include: 1) new statutory definitions; 2) a review of the District’s Sex Education Instruction Policy every two years; and 3) a review by the Board of Education of local county provided on teen pregnancy, child sex abuse, sexually transmitted diseases; and pornography complaints in the school board’s jurisdiction. Further updates to the policy are to align the District’s policy consistent statutory language emphasizing abstinence before marriage and fidelity after marriage for sex education instruction and requirements of Board Rule R277- 474 School Instruction and Human Sexuality, including: parent permission to participate in sex education instruction;  registering complaints on sex education instruction at the local school level; and a district sex education instruction committee.

Adopted – 4.25.2000.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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