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Middle School
During the 2019-2020 school year, a team of SDUHSD middle school science teachers collaborated with the San Diego County Office of Education to develop a robust, new curriculum aligned to the California Health Education Content Standards and the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA).  When the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of SDUHSD school campuses for in person instruction in March 2020, SDUHSD decided to postpone teaching health topics to 7th graders during the spring of 2020 for reasons outlined in this previously shared communication.  In order to comply with the CHYA mandates requiring this content to be taught at least once in middle school and once in high school, both 7th and 8th grade students will receive this health instruction in their science classes during the spring of 2021.  Parents will have the opportunity to review the curriculum in advance of instruction, and can opt-out their student from receiving all or part of the curriculum.  Additional information regarding CHYA, the health curriculum, and opt-out instructions will be shared with parents in March 2021.
High School
Health content is currently delivered as part of the Year One Physical Education (PE) course at our district high schools.  Year One PE is typically taken by 9th graders, but may also be taken in later grade levels for students who move into our district and haven't yet fulfilled that graduation requirement.  Students enrolled in Year One PE access the health curriculum through an online platform, Edgenuity.   A course profile example for Year One PE can be found here.
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 is available on CDE’s website here.
California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)
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 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.

As stated on the California Department of Education's website, 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

Additional information regarding the California Healthy Youth Act can be found at the California Department of Education's website.  
Parent Notification
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. 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 withdraw their child from the class upon receiving a signed, written request, using a passive consent or "opt-out" policy for 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
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This website is maintained by Jennifer McCluan, SDUHSD Instructional Specialist for Science and Health. 
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