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8th Grade California Healthy Youth Act

Dear Parent/Guardian:

All 8th grade science classes are responsible for teaching Sexual Health Education. California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. A school district may also provide comprehensive sexual health or HIV prevention education earlier than grade 7 consisting of age-appropriate instruction and medically accurate information on any of the general topics. In keeping with these requirements and guidelines, San Diego Unified School District offers comprehensive sexual health education in grades 6, 8, and high school.

Instruction must be inclusive of all students, encourage students to communicate with parents or guardians about human sexuality, and provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development. The following topics must be included:

           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, HIV, and other STIs, and information about the value of delaying sexual activity

           Discussion about social views of HIV andAIDS

           Information about gender, sexual orientation, and the harm of negative gender stereotypes

           Information about healthy relationships and skills to avoid unhealthy behaviors andsituations

In addition, instruction in grade 8 and high school must include:

           Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive healthcare

           Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods and pregnancy options

Instruction will be provided by Correia's science teachers trained in the curriculum late in the Second Semester (May).. To preview instructional materials, please contact Correia's front office at (6190 222-0476.

State law allows you to excuse your child from comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education for this school year by providing a written request in your preferred language to your child’s teacher. Correia’s science teachers will send the opt-out letter one week prior to instruction. The California Healthy Youth Act and corresponding CA Education Code can be found on the Sexual Health Education Program’s website: www.sandiegounified.org/SHEP.


Jonathan McDade

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