FISD tentatively adopts new wellness, health program

By Richard Zowie —

A new wellness and sexual health curriculum at Fredericksburg High School led the agenda at Monday’s Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

While final plans are still being reviewed, the board tentatively agreed to adopt a program that focuses on reducing teen pregnancy, and avoiding risky behavior.

The meeting also marked the first official day of work for the new superintendent, Dr. Eric Wright, who was in attendance.

FHS principal Ralf Halderman also briefed the trustees on an update of the high school.

Wellness, Sexual Health

The wellness and sexual health curriculum the FISD is considering is from Temple-based Scott and White Healthcare. Their website is www.worththewait.org.

John Willome, executive director at The Good Samaritan Center, passed out a chart that showed how the proposed program would be taught. It is spread out over six subjects: puberty, anatomy and physiology; pregnancy; sexually transmitted diseases; legal issues/sexual abuse; essential needs, communication skills and relationships; health risk behaviors avoidance/reduction.

The subjects would then be taught in sixth through ninth grades with the studies becoming more in depth as the students get older and more mature.

Retiring FISD Superintendent Marc Williamson said they would like to begin teaching this program starting Fall 2014 and added that it is critical to work with the community.

“One issue we would like to work on is teen pregnancy,” he said. “The power of mentoring program, I think, remains our best program to try to prevent teen pregnancy.”

Helping kids deal with wellness and sexual heath involves instilling self-respect, self-esteem and dealing with family and cultural issues, the superintendent added.

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