California Healthy Youth Act (Sexual Health & HIV Prevention Education)
Secondary Implementation of California Healthy Youth Act
What is the California Healthy Youth Act?
The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), 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
- Notification with information regarding the law in both the summer mailer and through a site letter sent home at least two weeks prior to instruction. (See sample letters below for your reference)
- Preview of curriculum and student resources in our district textbook office (please call us to make an appointment).
- Annual Parent nights for further information. If you cannot make it to a parent night, you can view the presentation at the district office by simply making an appointment.
- Option to Opt Out of any of all lessons associated with CHYA by simply turning in a request in writing to your school office. No form is needed.