Canyon schools postpone vote on health curriculum, book review policy

During a meeting of the Canyon Independent School District on Monday, board members decided to postpone the vote on providers of its health curriculum and the process of removing books from the classroom and school libraries. The main reason for introducing the measure was related to the newly elected member of the board of directors Paul Blake and gave him time to hurry up and study the issues related to the measures.

During the public address section of the meeting, a number of community speakers attacked the morale and character of longtime board members, with superintendent Dr. Daryl Flushe being called by name.

Local resident Carl Kinsey spoke of an alleged incident at Canyon High School in the spring semester, where a boy reportedly entered a girl’s restroom and was kicked out of the restroom by a teacher. He also claims that the teacher was reprimanded for their actions. He said the council had not done its job to protect the girls in their school district. Kinsey talks about the policies in the district that are responsible for incidents like this, but no specific policy is mentioned.

“I was told that the Canyon Independent School District was a public school district and that every student would be protected, but what about the girls who were in that restroom when this boy came in?” Kinsey asked. “No, you are not. This area has proven that it will not protect your daughters.

Carl Kinsey spoke to the Canyon ISD School Board on Monday during its regular meeting on student safety policies.

Much of the public forum part of the meeting dealt with some lessons and terminology regarding the health curriculum and the way health education is taught, including verbosity as a “pregnant person” rather than a “woman”. Some community commentators have argued that a language like this promotes LGBTQ + ideology. The mental health programs and curriculum were attacked as an invasion and did not reflect the core values ​​of the entire Canyon community by members of the public.

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