California Healthy Youth Act (Sexual Health & HIV Prevention Education)

Secondary Implementation of California Healthy Youth Act

The California Healthy Youth Act, Education Code (EC) sections 51930-51939, defines comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education for grades 7 - 12. The law requires that both comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education are taught once in middle school and once in high school. The statute has five primary purposes:

  • To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy;
  • To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family;
  • To promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development;
  • To ensure pupils receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end;
  • To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to have healthy, positive, and safe relationships and behaviors

 

ABCUSD Parents receive information regarding this Education Code through the Parent Handbook in the summer mailer prior to the beginning of the school year.  Parents will also be notified via letter from their child's school site of the timing of the lessons and their rights to opt out.  Parents must submit a written request to opt out of the sexual health lessons to their child's school site per Education Code.  Students are provided alternative assignments when they are opted out of these lessons.  Please contact the ABCUSD Office of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, (562) 926-5566 x21132, for further information or to set an appointment to review the curriculum materials. (Reference ABCUSD Board Policy 6142.1)