Information Regarding Comprehensive Sexual Health Instruction
The State of California adopted a new Health Framework on May 8,
2019. Families may have heard that the framework “includes
controversial teaching about sexual relations, sexual orientation
and gender.” While the framework itself does not mandate what
should be taught, it does reference AB 329, the California
Healthy Youth Act, which was adopted by the State Board of
Education in 2016.
AB 329 requires that students in grades seven through twelve receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. At SCUSD, we are in compliance with this law and instruction will usually be provided by 7th grade life science teachers and high school biology teachers. It is important to note that there is no district-wide program requiring sexual health education at elementary school.
Comprehensive sexual health instruction must be medically accurate, age‐appropriate and inclusive of all students and include the following:
- Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs and treatment
- Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV and other STIs, and information about value of delaying sexual activity
- Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS
- Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive health care
- Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care and the newborn safe surrender law
- Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender stereotypes
- Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations
Parents can opt their children out of comprehensive sex
education. Schools are required to notify parents/guardians a
minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of comprehensive sexual
health instruction. To opt-out of this instruction,
parents/guardians must request in writing that their child not
participate in the instruction.
Parents and the community can receive information on the district’s implementation of AB329 and view the lesson plans on the district’s website: https://www.scusd.edu/comprehensive-sexual-health-education.