It’s that time of the year! As the school year winds to a close, all 8th grade science classes will begin Sexual Health Education. California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexualhealthandHIVpreventioneducationbeprovidedtostudentsatleastonceinmiddleschooland once in high school, starting in grade7. 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. Thefollowing topics must be included:
• Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), includingtransmission,FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, andtreatment
• Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV,and other STIs, and information about the value of delaying sexualactivity
• 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 beginning the third week in May. To preview instructional materials, please contact Correia's front office at (6190 222-0476.
StatelawallowsyoutoexcuseyourchildfromcomprehensivesexualhealthandHIVpreventioneducation for this school year by providingawrittenrequest in your preferred language to your child’s teacher. Correia’s science teachers will send the opt-out letter by next week. TheCaliforniaHealthyYouthAct and corresponding CA Education Code can be found on the Sexual Health Education Program’s website: www.sandiegounified.org/SHEP.