FARMINGTON -- Parents are invited to an open house to learn about the proposed fifth- and sixth-grade maturation program for Davis School District.
The open house is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Davis School District, 45 E. State St.
Parents will view the proposed PowerPoint for both fifth- and sixth-grade students, said John Robison, the district's healthy lifestyles director.
"We are teaching factual information about the development and growth of young people," he said.
Some of the material comes from the company Always, which manufactures feminine hygiene products, Robison said.
"We did cut some of the video out that could have been controversial," he said.
Material is also being provided by the company Dove, Robison said.
Parents will receive printed copies of the PowerPoint and the script that staff will follow.
They can also ask questions of the staff and Robison.
Each district is required by a state Board of Education rule to develop its own program.
Parents who will not be attending but want to review the program can go to www.davis.k12.ut.us, Robison said.
The district school board will review the program during its Oct. 2 workshop meeting.
Maturation programs have been in Utah schools since the late 1950s, according to a state Office of Education report.
The material presented in elementary schools has been changed from what was taught in 2010, officials said.
Fifth- and sixth-grade students must have their parents sign a permission slip before attending the maturation program.
Parents can review the materials either at the school or on the district's website before giving or denying consent.
In April 2011, the state Board of Education removed from its instructional materials list the "Growing Up Comes First" program developed by Planned Parenthood.
That program came under fire by parents and legislators in 2010 and 2011.
It had been on the list since 2000, according to a report by the Utah State Office of Education issued in March.