Sexual Health and HIV Prevention Education - Grade 6
Grade 6 Sexual Health Instruction and HIV/AIDS Prevention
Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction is taught to 6th grade students during the spring of the students 6th grade year. Parents may attend an informational meeting prior to instruction, may check out DVD of the instruction provided to students at the school site to view at home, and may give permission for their child to participate in the classroom lessons for Sexual Health instruction. Parent permission letters are sent home with students prior to instruction. Students without parent permission will not participate the the Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction. Please contact your school or the Elementary Education Department (ext. 21075) for more information.
Thursday March 2, 2023 OR March 23, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions: 6th Grade Sexual Health Instruction and HIV/AIDS Prevention
In compliance with the Health Framework for California Public Schools, and the California Education Codes, the ABC Unified School District Board of Education has approved Sexual Education & HIV/AIDS Prevention lessons. These lessons cover the topics of puberty, the male and female reproductive system, child sexual abuse,
AIDS, and human reproduction.
Does my child have to participate?
The decision for student participation in these lessons is strictly voluntary. Parents/guardians must give permission for students to participate in Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention lessons in 6th grade. Students whose parents/guardians have not given permission will receive an alternative health lesson.
What is included in the 6th Grade lessons?
- Instruction and materials are age appropriate and all information presented is medically accurate.
- Instruction and materials will encourage students to communicate with parents/guardians about human sexuality.
A brief description of the 6th grade lessons is provided below:
Lessons 1-3 cover the topic of Puberty.
Students will learn about the physical, emotional, and social changes of puberty.
Lesson 4 covers the topic of Sexual Exploitation.
Students will learn about examples of sexual exploitation; including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.
Lesson 5 covers the topic of HIV and AIDS.
Students will learn about ways that HIV is and is not passed; including that HIV is generally passed via sexual intercourse, sharing needles, and from an HIV infected mother to her baby. Students in 6th grade do not receive information about condoms or any other methods of birth control.
Lesson 6 covers the topic of the Reproductive System.
Students will learn about the medical terms, locations, and functions of the structures in and near the male and female reproductive systems.
Can I see the instructional materials before I sign the permission slip?
Yes. You can attend an informational meeting or check-out the lesson DVD from your elementary school to watch at home.
SEXUAL HEALTH & HIV/AIDS PREVENTION INSTRUCTION
The ABC Unified Board of Education recognizes that the purpose of the District’s sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention instruction is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect them from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and to encourage students to develop healthy, positive and safe relationships and behaviors.
The District’s educational program shall also promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development and the development of health attitudes and behaviors concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family. The Board therefore desires to provide a well-planned sequence of instruction on comprehensive sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention. (cf. 5030 – Student Wellness)
The District’s curriculum shall be based on medically accurate and factual information, and designed to teach students to make healthy choices and reduce high-risk behaviors. It shall also respect the rights of parents/guardians to supervise their children’s education on these subjects and to impart values regarding human sexuality to their children.
Annually, parents/guardians shall be notified, in the manner specified in the accompanying administrative regulation, that they may request in writing that their child be excused from participating in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education. Students so excused by their parents/guardians shall be given an alternative educational activity. (Education Code 51240, 51938, 51939) (cf. 5022 - Student and Family Privacy Rights)
A student shall not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction if the student's parent/guardian declines to permit the student to receive the instruction. (Education Code 51939)
ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]
DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 65001]
PART 28. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS [51000 - 53315]
CHAPTER 5.6. CALIFORNIA HEALTHY YOUTH ACT [51930 - 51939]
ARTICLE 2. Required Comprehensive Sexual Health Education and HIV Prevention Education [51933 - 51934]
- (a) Instruction and materials shall be age appropriate.
- (b) All factual information presented shall be medically accurate and objective.
- (c) All instruction and materials shall align with and support the purposes of this chapter as set forth in paragraphs(1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (b) of Section 51930 and may not be in conflict with them.
- (d) (1) Instruction and materials shall be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, pupils with disabilities, and English learners.
- (2) Instruction and materials shall be made available on an equal basis to a pupil who is an English learner, consistent with the existing curriculum and alternative options for an English learner pupil as otherwise provided in this code.
- (3) Instruction and materials shall be accessible to pupils with disabilities, including, but not limited to, the provision of a modified curriculum, materials and instruction in alternative formats, and auxiliary aids.
- (4) Instruction and materials shall not reflect or promote bias against any person on the basis of any category protected by Section 220.
- (5) Instruction and materials shall affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations and, when discussing or providing examples of relationships and couples, shall be inclusive of same-sex relationships.
- (6) Instruction and materials shall teach pupils about gender, gender expression, gender identity, and explore the harm of negative gender stereotypes.
- (e) Instruction and materials shall encourage a pupil to communicate with his or her parents, guardians, and other trusted adults about human sexuality and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to do so.
- (f) Instruction and materials shall teach the value of and prepare pupils to have and maintain committed relationships such as marriage.
- (g) Instruction and materials shall provide pupils with knowledge and skills they need to form healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection, and are free from violence, coercion, and intimidation.
- (h) Instruction and materials shall provide pupils with knowledge and skills for making and implementing healthy decisions about sexuality, including negotiation and refusal skills to assist pupils in overcoming peer pressure and using effective decision making skills to avoid high-risk activities.
- (i) Instruction and materials may not teach or promote religious doctrine.
California Department of Education
Comprehensive Sexual Health Instruction and HIV/AIDS Prevention