Louisiana Department of Education                                              Employee Policies
Special School District (SSD)                                                           Effective Date: 8/12/2013

Discussion of Sexual Matters with Students

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The parents of students enrolled in SSD have entrusted their children to our care.  They have placed their faith and confidence in us and we must be ever vigilant not to violate that trust.

The adult staff members of SSD must always behave and interact with the students in the most appropriate manner. The State Legislature has defined in law what is appropriate to discuss with school children regarding sexual matters.

La. R.S. 17:281 provides that discussions related to sex may occur only in a designated sex education classroom conducted by designated sex education teachers. The law defines sex education as the “dissemination of factual biological or pathological information that is related to the human reproduction system and may include the study of sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, childbirth, puberty, menstruation, and menopause, as well as the dissemination of factual information about parental responsibilities under the child support laws of the state.” The law provides that sex education “shall not include religious beliefs, practices in human sexuality, or the subjective moral and ethical judgments of the instructor or other persons” and “students shall not be…surveyed about their personal or family beliefs or practices of sex…”

It is the policy of SSD that employees cannot discuss sex or sexually related topics with students unless they are designated sex education teachers.  Those designated as sex education teachers will provide instruction structured according to the provisions of R.S. 17:281 and in accordance with a specific school approved curriculum.

It is understood that situations may occur in which students confide in a staff member who is not a designated sex education teacher to address sexually related issues, concerns or topics.  On such occasions, responses to students should emanate concern while referring students to appropriate school mental health consultants such as the school counselors.  An employee who is approached by a student should inform the counselor of the student’s concerns.

In situations where students have inappropriately engaged in sexual discussions or behavior, appropriate disciplinary consequences should be calmly and consistently applied without detailed discussions. The re-directive discussion should center on the breaking of rules, not the sexual behavior itself. It may be necessary to report the sexual behavior to other appropriate staff for additional monitoring.

A copy of this policy will be given to each newly hired employee, and each new employee will be required to sign verification of receipt of this policy.