Please reference the Marin County Office of Education MSNO School Health Manual for answers to questions on all things medical related to schools (absence, first aid, medical/medication, allergies, reports, hearing, immunization, hygiene, and much more).
Assembly Bill 1227 and Assembly Bill 643 made revisions in the sexual health education program required for students in grades 7 through 12 to more specifically address human trafficking. As a reminder, parents of students may choose to "opt out" their children from any or all of the sexual health instruction. Effective January 1, 2018, the sexual health education program offered by school districts to students must include information "...on the prevalence, nature, and strategies to reduce the risk of human trafficking, techniques to set healthy boundaries, and how to safely seek assistance." The sexual health education program must also include "information about adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence, including the early warning signs thereof".
The intent of this provision is to ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- The law requires passive (as opposed to active) parent/guardian notification for training in the above areas either at the beginning of the school year or at least 14 days prior to instruction
- Comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education are both mandated instruction and need to occur once in middle school and once in high school
- Abstinence-only sex education (where abstinence is the only option for preventing STI and unintended pregnancy, is not permitted in California public schools.
- All instruction and materials must support and align with the purposes of the California Healthy Youth Act