Eau Claire school district shifts format of sex education training

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKOW) -- In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Eau Claire school district is taking a new approach to sex education.

David Oldenberg, the director of academic services, says they've always taught students about consent because it's part of the state's standards. However, they're now adding a lesson emphasis on role playing and scenarios.

Students will learn about boundaries, including figuring out what they've consented to, and knowing it's alright to set those boundaries.

Oldenberg explains, "When you give students the opportunity to role play, to practice the skill in a safe environment with a caring adult and with peers that are also on this learning journey, students really have an opportunity to be comfortable, to be transparent, to build that relationship and practice the skill."

Oldenburg says another one of the scenarios students will learn about is what a healthy relationship actually looks like. Additionally, they'll be taught how to communicate consent.

He also added that all the material is age-appropriate.