SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Public Schools officials said none of the state's new health and physical education standards have been adopted by Spokane Public Schools.
The Washington Office of Public Instruction said Washington is a "local control state." That means districts have the final say on what curricula it decides to adopt.
This applies to the state's new health and physical education standards, which the OPI said are just suggestions.
Some Spokane residents are asking if Spokane Public Schools ever decided to take the state's suggestion and run with the new standards.
"At this time, no curriculum adoptions regarding the self-identity health education as described in the OSPI bulletin you mentioned are up for review by the district," Kevin Morrison with Spokane Public Schools said in a 2016 statement
Morrison said he can confirm the district still has not adopted any new curriculum in health and fitness as of Tuesday.
If the district ever does want to adopt a new curriculum, there would be a rigorous review process. For example, the Human Growth and Development Citizens Advisory Committee oversees all HGD curriculum materials. The committee, which is made up of representatives throughout the community, determine if the curriculum is medically accurate and age appropriate.
The Citizen's Advisory Committee will return to a curriculum review process this fall.
For now, none of the state's new health and physical education standards have been adopted by Spokane Public Schools.
However, the district does have policies in place to make sure no student is discriminated against based on their sex or gender identity.
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