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Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

Assembly Bill (AB) 329, which has been called the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), was enacted on January 1, 2016, and modified California Education Code §§ 51930 to 51939. The law required school districts to add comprehensive sexual health education to the already existent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education and to require this instruction one time during grades 6 through 8 and one time during grades 9 through 12.

“Comprehensive sexual health education” means education regarding human development and sexuality, including education on pregnancy, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (Education Code § 51931).

This webpage is intended to help educate our community about the law and Capistrano Unified School District’s work to implement it for middle and high school students.

Information for Parents

Middle School Sexual Health Instruction Update:

Our district will be using the CUSD Board-adopted Middle School Sexual Health Lessons and the instruction will be delivered  in 7th and 8th Grade Science in spring 2021. The curriculum will be adapted for needs of Program A and Program B students. Parent information and notification will be shared with families as we progress through 3rd quarter and into spring, 2021. 

The law allows parents or guardians to remove their child from comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education, using a passive consent or “opt-out” process. Schools must not require active consent (“opt-in”) for participation in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in any grade. State law allows you to remove your student from this instruction. Parental notification and opt-out opportunities will be shared in spring, 2021, prior to instruction through school to home communication. If the parent/guardian does not request that the child be withheld, the child will receive the instruction via Canvas and their science teacher. Schools must not require parents/guardians to return a signed acknowledgment that they have received the notice in order for their child to participate in the instruction.

Students who do not participate in the comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education will participate in an alternate activity that is not related to comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education.

 

High School Sexual Health Update:

Sexual health instruction has traditionally been part of high school health classes. With the passage of the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), additional content is required to be included. Although the class of 2024 no longer needs to satisfy 5 credits of health for graduation, all students still need to satisfy state law and the components of the California Healthy Youth Act. The components of instruction will be completed starting November 16th in freshmen Physical Education courses your student is already enrolled in. Only 9th grade PE students who did not complete Health prior to entering HS will need to complete the units of instruction. If your student took health at Opportunities For Learning or elsewhere in the summer of 2020, they will not be enrolled in the health course to complete CHYA components. The units of instruction will be satisfied in Apex Health and your student will complete the state requirements prior to the end of the first semester.

The units of instruction are outlined below:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Gender and Anatomy
  •  Creating a Safe and Inclusive School
  • Pregnancy Outcomes and Birth Control
  • Unhealthy/Healthy Relationships

The law allows parents or guardians to remove their child from comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education, using a passive consent or “opt-out” process. Schools must not require active consent (“opt-in”) for participation in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in any grade. In order to remove a child from the instruction, a parent/guardian must state their request in writing to the school. If the parent/guardian does not request in writing that the child be withheld, the child will attend the instruction. Schools must not require parents/guardians to return a signed acknowledgment that they have received the notice in order for their child to participate in the instruction.

Students who “opt out” and are removed from comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education will not be able to meet the California Healthy Youth Act requirements during this school year and will have to satisfy the requirements in future years of high school in order to meet state graduation requirements. 

 
 

Información para Padres

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