Wake County Public School System is the biggest school district in the state of North Carolina. A lack of a comprehensive sexual health curriculum like in the WCPSS for all students has reprecussions on their physical health. It can lead to STIs, pregnancies, and prevent the LGBTQ+ community from getting specific information for their needs during intimate relationships.
More than their physical health, the lack of comprehensive sexual health curriculum also impacts the mental health of students. Therefore, their academics and professional achievements are impacted as well. It also increases school bullying among sexual minority subgroups.
Creation and distribution of comprehensive sex education resources for all students, including LGBTQ+ students, in the form of brochures
Brochures should be distributed to all students and be available in teacher, admin, and guidance counselor's offices.
The "Healthful Living" course often taken by 9th grade students should instead be made mandatory in the last two years of high school.
In Wake County, reproductive health classes are not mandatory in 12th grade, when students are more likely to be sexually active.
Require training and qualifications for "Healthful Living" teachers
Currently, any gym teacher can teach this class without proper training. Training would ensure higher quality and ensure students strong knowledge for the rest of their lives.