Beginning next school year, sex education curriculum in Columbia Public Schools will include education on sexual harassment, sexual violence, and consent.

House Bill 1606 requires that by July, any course relating to human sexuality include these topics. The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously to implement the updated curriculum, and to approve academic calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years required by the state law. The board also approved a contract with a new substitute employer service.

Human Sexuality Curriculum

The new curriculum reflects practices already used by Columbia Public Schools and requirements in state law.

Consent, sexual harassment and sexual violence are specifically defined in the curriculum, saying that students will be taught that:

Consent is “a freely given agreement to the conduct

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