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HEALTH EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA

HEALTH EDUCATION IN CALIFORNIA

 
California Department of Education Health Education Framework
 
The Health Education Framework is aligned to the 2008 California Health Education Content Standards, which support the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in eight overarching standards: (1) essential health concepts; (2) analyzing health influences; (3) accessing valid health information; (4) interpersonal communication; (5) decision making; (6) goal setting; (7) practicing health-enhancing behaviors; and (8) health promotion in six content areas of health education: nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury prevention and safety; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health in the 2008 Health Education Content Standards.
 
The California Department of Education (CDE), Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), and State Board of Education (SBE) recently revised the Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Health Education Framework), which was adopted by the SBE in May 2019. Additional details and the most recent, May 2019, revised draft are available on CDE’s website here.
 
California Healthy Youth Act
Enacted January 1, 2016, The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) integrates the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. The bill renamed the prior California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act to the California Healthy Youth Act. The bill requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades seven to twelve, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and at least once in high school.
 
Per the California Department of Education, the California Healthy Youth Act 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

State law defines comprehensive sexual health education as “education regarding human development and sexuality, including education on pregnancy, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections” (EC § 51931[b]). HIV prevention education is defined as “instruction on the nature of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS, methods of transmission, strategies to reduce the risk of HIV infection, and social and public health issues related to HIV and AIDS” (EC § 51931[d]).
 
Information regarding how CHYA is different from the Health Framework can be found here.
 
Additional information regarding the CHYA can be found on the California Department of Education's website.  
Overview of Health Education in SDUHSD

Overview of Health Education in SDUHSD

Middle School Health
For the 2021-2022 school year, the units in sexual health education will be taught in middle school science courses beginning in the spring 2022 semester. This complies with the CHYA mandate, which requires that this content be taught at least once in middle school and once in high school. SDUHSD parents/guardians will receive a notification letter at least 14 days prior to the start of this instruction,  in compliance with the CHYA mandate: “Prior to providing instruction in comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education, Education Code (EC) 51938 requires school districts to notify parents of the instruction and to make materials available for parents to review.
 
High School Health
Health content is currently delivered as part of the first-year, 9th-grade Physical Education (PE) courses at our district high schools. It may also be taken in later grade levels for students who move into our district and have not yet completed the content. Students enrolled in PE courses with health will access the health curriculum through an online platform, Edgenuity. More information can be found in the teacher syllabus and a course profile example for Year One PE can be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

Frequently Asked Questions & Resources

Please consult the following resources for answers to frequently asked questions and how to best support your student in accessing the school health curriculum.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: This document provides answers to commonly asked questions and is divided into three sections: (1) General CHYA Health Education Questions, (2) Opt-Out Questions, and (3) Parent Resources. SDUHSD will continue to update this document as new questions from the community are shared.
  • California Department of Education (CDE) FAQ for Sexual Education, HIV/AIDS, and STDs: This document provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding comprehensive sexual health education, HIV/AIDS and STD instruction.
  • Know Your Rights (English/Español): As required by the CHYA, public school districts must provide students with “information about local resources and student rights to accessing sexual and reproductive health care and assistance with sexual assault and intimate partner violence. EC § 51934(a)(8).”
 
Parent Notification of CHYA Content
School districts may notify parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year or at least 14 days prior to instruction. Districts shall allow parents to excuse their child from the comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction upon receiving a signed, written request, using a passive consent or "opt-out" policy for the state-required comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction. Districts shall not adopt an active consent or "opt-in" policy for parental consent for required comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention instruction.” -Excerpt from ”Parent Notification” information tab on California Department of Education website.
 
Opt-Out Information
Per California Education Code EC § 51938[a], “A parent or guardian of a pupil has the right to excuse their child from all or part of comprehensive sexual health education, HIV prevention education, and assessments related to that education through a passive consent (“opt-out”) process.” Additionally, per Ed Code 51240: (a) If any part of a school’s instruction in health conflicts with the religious training and beliefs of a parent or guardian of a pupil, the pupil, upon written request of the parent or guardian, shall be excused from the part of the instruction that conflicts with the religious training and beliefs. (b) For purposes of this section, “religious training and beliefs” includes personal moral convictions. (Added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 896, Sec. 49. Effective September 29, 2004.) For additional opt-out details, please consult the “Opt-Out” section of the Health Frequently Asked Questions document.
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This website is maintained by Jennifer McCluan, SDUHSD Instructional Specialist for Science and Health. 
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