CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Sex ed in school is canceled.
That's what's happening at the Chandler Unified School District for fifth and sixth graders.
Instead, they're sending email links to parents to teach their kids themselves.
District officials said they’ve been discussing this for a couple of years now and believe parents can better answer questions about sex education than teachers can.
But parents and students told Arizona’s Family they were all blindsided by this decision, and feel this will lead to students being less informed as they go through puberty.
“My 15-year-old's first reaction when she heard that they were taking this out was, ‘Wow, there’s going to be a lot more kids getting pregnant,'” said Travis Rodgers.
Rodgers has two teenage girls who recently went through sex ed at school, and never expected the district to do away with it.
“Ninety percent of the parents at our school and in Chandler have signed off and agreed that they do want to have the education for their kids,” he said.
But instead, the district sent an email letter out to CUSD parents with video links to all of the sex education, saying the material will no longer be taught in class.
“Would your kids want to sit and watch links with you?” asked reporter Briana Whitney.
“Yeah, no,” said Rodgers.
“Would you guys want to watch these links with your parents?” Whitney asked Rodgers’ daughter and her friends.
“No! No!” they all said.
The girls said being taught this at school made them feel like they weren't going through these changes alone.
“At school, if you know about it, then you go to the nurse and get what you need for it,” said Ashlyn Benning, who’s now 15 years old.
“I don’t think it should just be taken away from everyone because of a small group of people who say no,” said Alyssa Furbee, who is also a sophomore.
Sharon Tuttle was a former CUSD teacher and now has a fifth-grader in the district herself.
“To get rid of it completely is just disheartening,” she said.
Tuttle also said some of the video links are only offered in English, excluding many Chandler families.
“We’re now pushing the minority groups further away from being included in our community,” she said.
CUSD said they don’t view this as canceling the course but instead changing the “delivery mode.”
CUSD also said school districts are not required to provide sex education.