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CA Healthy Youth Act

Dear CUSD Families,

Please see the links below to learn more about the CA Healthy Youth Act.   A new law went into effect on January 1, 2016, which required a shift in the requirements for Health education in California which previously required only HIV education to a comprehensive sexuality education which is currently the most comprehensive in the U.S. The below links outline the required components of the law. 

Presentation of CUSD background, timeline and next steps to Comprehensive Sexual Health curriculum adoption:

During the Board Meeting on March 14, 2018, Education Services staff reported that their department would be developing materials to be used to teach comprehensive sexual health in middle and high school courses. Staff are currently reviewing materials that are used presently by Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) teachers to teach Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention to determine what needs to be addressed in order to meet the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act to add comprehensive sexual health education to this instruction. The months of April and May will be dedicated to gathering resources and materials from various sources so that May and early June can be spent reviewing these materials and determining an appropriate approach. During the summer, CUSD teachers will develop lesson plans and activities based on the direction and resources provided to them. When families return to school in the fall the lesson plans and activities will be reviewed and feedback will be provided. The lesson plans and activities will then be revised and shared with teachers for implementation during spring 2019.

 

During the development of these materials, Education Services staff will be soliciting community input and providing updates along the way. CUSD will activity seek this feedback to ensure that the materials that are shared with teachers meet the requirements of the law and provide excellent educational experiences for all of our CUSD students in a manner that the community supports.

Families will have the option to OPT out of the curriculum. Parent information meetings will be held prior to any implementation of curriculum or activities that address comprehensive sexuality education to allow parents the opportunity to review the curriculum. Information about parents’ ability to opt their students out of this instruction will be provided via hard copy flyer distribution, school messenger email, and at the parent information meetings. Beginning during the spring of the 2018-19 school year, instruction for seventh and eighth-grade students would occur during May in their science classes.  Students who are opted out (of all or part of the program) by their parents/guardians will be given alternative schoolwork and will not be discriminated against in any manner.

 

Link to Bill AB 329

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB329

 

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