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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 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.
 
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

Additional information regarding the California Healthy Youth Act 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
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).  This module was titled “Human Development and Healthy Relationships.”  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 comprehensive sexual health topics to 7th-grade students 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 comprehensive sexual health instruction in their science classes during the Spring 2021 term.  Parents have the opportunity to review the curriculum in advance of instruction and can opt-out of their student from receiving all or part of the curriculum.  Please see below for additional information regarding CHYA, the health curriculum, and opt-out instructions.
 
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 haven't yet fulfilled that graduation requirement.  Students enrolled in PE courses with health will access the health curriculum through an online platform, Edgenuity.  A course profile example for Year One PE can be found here.
MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION Information

MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION Information

Curricular Materials
 
Topics & Units
The middle school comprehensive sexual health module, “Human Development and Healthy Relationships,” consists of 8 total units that address the following CHYA-mandated topics: 
  • Unit 1:  Classroom Culture and Climate
  • Unit 2:  Growth and Development
  • Unit 3:  Gender, Gender Expression, and LGBTQ+
  • Unit 4:  Introduction to Healthy Relationships
  • Unit 5:  Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Unit 6:  Contraception and Abstinence
  • Unit 7:  HIV and STDs
  • Unit 8:  Sex Abuse, Violence, and Human Trafficking
 
How To Access Lessons
Parents may preview lessons and CHYA/health education standards alignment in the general education Health Education Scope & Sequence. Lessons and skill-building and discussion activities are located on the right-hand side of the Scope and Sequence table, and can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlinks.   
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A Modified Health Education Scope & Sequence has also been created to best support students enrolled in our district modified programs at CVMS, LCC, OCMS, TPHS, and COAST. Students enrolled in these programs will be receiving this modified Health Education curriculum this spring.
 
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 middle 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.
  • SDUHSD Guidelines for Health Education - Spring 2021: SDUHSD wants to ensure students and families are prepared for the best possible health education experience. This document provides guidelines to support students and families as they navigate the comprehensive sexual health module.  
  • Know Your Rights (English/Español): As required by the California Healthy Youth Act, 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
The middle school health unit is scheduled to begin at the end of April/early May 2021. SDUHSD parents/guardians will receive this notification letter (English/Español) on April 1, 2021, 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. 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
 
Opt-Out Instructions
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.”  For additional opt-out details, please consult the “Opt-Out” section of the Middle School Health Frequently Asked Questions document.
 
If a parent would like to request to opt a student out, the request must be submitted in writing to the school administration. The opt-out request can be in the form of an email or letter, including the following information:
 
  • Student First and Last Name
  • Student ID Number 
  • Student Grade
  • Student Science Teacher Name & Class Period
  • Opt-Out Request: Full Opt-Out (All Units 1-8) or Specific Unit(s) Opt-Out (from the 8 units outlined above in the Curricular Materials section) 
Additional Resources

Additional Resources

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This website is maintained by Jennifer McCluan, SDUHSD Instructional Specialist for Science and Health. 
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