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Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

Assembly Bill (AB) 329 which has been called the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) was enacted on January 1, 2016, and modified California Education Code §§ 51930 to 51939. The law required school districts to add comprehensive sexual health education to the already existent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education and to require this instruction one time during grades 6 through 8 and one time during grades 9 through 12.

“Comprehensive sexual health education” means education regarding human development and sexuality, including education on pregnancy, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections (Education Code § 51931).

This webpage is intended to help educate our community about the law and Capistrano Unified School District’s work to implement it for middle and high school students.

  • California Healthy Youth Act Education Code Sections 51930 through 51939. This document contains the language from the California Healthy Youth Act as codified.
  • California Healthy Youth Act Implementation Timeline October 2018
  • Orange County Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions. This document was produced by the Orange County Department of Education and provides answers to frequently asked questions about the California Healthy Youth Act.
  • CUSD Frequently Asked Questions
  • Education Code Comparison – Required Updates to Content Curriculum. This document was created by Capistrano Unified School District staff and compares the requirements of Education Code sections 51930 through 51939 in 2004 with those changed by the passage of the California Healthy Youth Act in 2016.
  • Parent/Guardian Notification and Consent for Instruction. This document was taken from the Orange County Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions document and outlines parent/guardian rights regarding opting students out of Comprehensive Sexual Education curriculum. The process for opting Capistrano Unified School District students out of this instruction for the 2018-19 school year is being developed; however, notification was provided to all parents through the annual notifications included with registration paperwork for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Board Report 7-25-2018. This document is a report provided to Trustees by Capistrano Unified School District staff outlining the process to develop curriculum resources for implementation of the law in Capistrano Unified School District middle school classes during the 2018-19 school year.
  • ETR Compliance Assessment Tool. The Compliance Assessment Tool was developed by ETR a non-profit organization dedicated to improving community health through access to effective educational resources. The tool is compliant with the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act and will be utilized by Capistrano Unified School District to determine the alignment of the Comprehensive Sexual Health curriculum that is developed by the District with the law. ETR's Tool to Assess the Characteristics of Effective Sex and STD/HIV Education Programs is free for anyone to use to assess programs being considered for implementation.


Sexual Health Education Task Force

During the Board meeting on March 14, 2018 Josh Hill, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary, reported that his department would be developing materials to be used to teach comprehensive sexual health in middle and high school courses. Education Services staff reviewed materials that are currently used by District teachers to teach (HIV) and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and determined what needed to be addressed in order to meet the requirements of the CHYA to add comprehensive sexual health education to this instruction. The months of April and May 2018 were dedicated to gathering resources and materials from various curricular resources so that May and early June 2018 could be spent reviewing these materials and determining an approach to implementation. During the summer, District teachers are being paid to develop lesson plans and activities based on the direction and resources provided to them. When families return to school in the Fall 2018, the lesson plans and activities developed by teachers will be reviewed and feedback will be collected. The lesson plans and activities will then be revised and shared with teachers for implementation during Spring 2019.

While Education Services staff will be soliciting community input and providing updates along the way, District staff gathered a team of approximately 20 individuals made up of community members, parents, experts, teachers and administrators to work on a Task Force. The Task Force met monthly, with the exception of the summer months, to outline the work, share resources and develop a District approach. They will also review the lesson plans and activities that are developed, and provide feedback to ensure that the materials that are eventually used in the classroom meet the requirements of the law and provide excellent educational experiences for all District students in a manner that the community supports.

The Task Force met for its first meeting on April 17, 2018 at the District Office. Seventeen people attended made up of parents, community members, teachers, a school counselor, and District staff. The parents and community members had unique backgrounds including one attorney who has helped write a juvenile court handbook, a psychiatrist who works with adolescents, a nurse practitioner, a labor and delivery nurse, an author, a sexual health educator and a retired teacher. The group reviewed the CHYA, what has changed since 2004 because of the new law, and what areas our current seventh grade Family Life curriculum did not address. The evening ended with the committee developing a list of interests to drive the research and development of curriculum materials and resources moving forward. The overall reception was very positive.

The Task Force met again on May 10, 2018, May 24, 2018, and June 5, 2018. During these meetings, District staff focused on building the capacity of the Task Force. Task Force members identified and refined community and family interests, reviewed CHYA language and legal requirements, developed content groupings, considered content sequence, began working on a rubric to be used to evaluate the lessons that were being developed, and practiced using versions of it to evaluate lessons from curriculum already in circulation in other districts. The task force will reconvene during the fall of 2018 to review the lessons that are developed and provide feedback on them. The links to minutes from Task Force meetings and are included below:

Coming Soon

Come to learn about, review, and provide feedback on the Comprehensive Sexual Health Lessons that are being developed by the District. Three parent/community meetings will be held at the following times and locations. All are welcome to attend any or all of these meetings:

  • December 5, 2018, at Niguel Hills Middle School from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • December 6, 2018, at Vista Del Mar Middle School from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • December 10, 2018, at the Board Room at the District Offices located at 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM