The Omaha Public Schools Board is making a smart move by having the public review the 15 options being considered for the district's health and sex education curriculum.
Parents and other community members can attend one of four curriculum nights scheduled this week and next and examine the materials. They can fill out scoring guides to assess such questions as whether the information is age-appropriate and inclusive, whether it contains real-world relevance and whether it will engage students.
This approach sensibly provides members of the public with facts — not wild rumors — on which to base their views.
Once the members of the public, teachers and school nurses weigh in, the district will launch a pilot program this spring. The board will take a final vote in May, and the district will buy its chosen curriculum and launch the program in the fall.
And remember: If parents ultimately disagree with the selection, they can opt their children out of the courses. They aren't obligatory.
Bridget Donovan, vice president of the Omaha Education Association, cautioned that teachers need time to prepare before presenting the curriculum to students. She makes a good point if OPS is going to give students the information they need to make healthy, informed choices.
Chlamydia rates in Douglas County were at an all-time high in 2014, with 3,390 cases, health director Adi Pour reported last week. The county recorded 961 cases of gonorrhea, up 15.4 percent over the previous year.
Young people certainly aren't waiting.