CA Healthy Youth Act

The California Healthy Youth Act, which took effect January 1, 2016, requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and inclusive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education, at least once in high school and once in middle school. The California Healthy Youth Act made other significant changes to previous Education Code (EC) requirements for both HIV prevention education and comprehensive sexual health education which are summarized below.

  1. What are the purposes of the California Healthy Youth Act?
  2. Are schools required to teach comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education?
  3. Does the law permit schools to teach comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education in elementary school?
  4. What are the instructional criteria requirements for all comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention Education?
  5. What additional instructional content is required in grades 7-12?
  6. Does the law allow abstinence-only education?
  7. Why is there a requirement for integrated instruction, and what does it mean?
  8. How does the law promote healthy relationships for youth?
  9. Does the law require instruction about local health resources?
  10. Does the law require instruction on California’s Affirmative Consent Standard?
  11. What determines whether the facts taught are medically accurate?
  12. What does the law say about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, sexual orientation and gender/gender identity?
  13. What does the law say about students with disabilities?
  14. What does the law say about students who are English learners?
  15. Does the law permit the use of outside speakers?
  16. How does the law support family communication about comprehensive sexual health?
  17. What does the law say about parent/guardian notification and consent for instruction?
  18. What does the law say about parental/guardian consent for surveys?
  19. What does the law say about anti-harassment, bullying prevention or safe schools programs?
  20. Does the law require the teachers to be trained?
  21. Are the health framework for California public schools and the California Health Education Content Standards current with respect to legal requirement for comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention program?

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