Among other requirements, the policies must allow parents to object to and withdraw a child from an activity, class or program. The policies must also include a procedure for notifying parents at least two weeks before any activity, class or program with content involving human reproduction or sexual matters is provided to a child. Sex education, human reproduction education and human sexuality education curriculum and materials must be approved by the school board and available for parents to review.
In addition, sets requirements for those who teach sex education, human reproduction education or human sexuality education. Arizona SB Amends existing law to allow school districts to provide sex education instruction unless a parent provides written permission for a student to opt out of instruction. Requires that school districts provide sex education that is medically accurate and age and developmentally appropriate in grades kindergarten through Education requirements also include information to support students in developing healthy relationships and skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
Requires the Department of Education, among other things, to develop list of appropriate curricula and create rules for instructor qualifications. HB Amends existing law to allow school districts to provide sex education instruction unless a parent provides written permission for a student to opt out of instruction.
Requires district that elect to provide education taught by outside consultants, or elect hold to an assembly to deliver such education by guest speakers, to request written permission from a pupil's parent or guardian. Prohibits a student's attendance without such permission. Authorizes related alternative education. The bill includes that accurate, age-appropriate and culturally responsive STI prevention curricula shall be provided to schools.
Provides that a student may be excused from the portion of a program or class upon written request by the student's parent or guardian. Georgia HB Requires age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade Also provides that professional learning and in-service training may include programs on sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention.
Requires all public schools to implement sex education consistent with these requirements beginning in Allows written permission by parental or legal guardian to opt out of sexuality education. Allows the Department of Education to make modifications to ensure age-appropriate curricula in elementary school. Requires the Department to maintain a public list of curricula that meets requirements of law and to create standards for instructor qualifications.
HB Amends existing sexuality health education law to specify additional requirements for information that helps students form healthy relationships and communication skills, as well as critical thinking, decision making and stress management skills, and encourages students to communicate with adults.
Requires the Board of Education to collaborate with the Department to maintain a public list of curricula that meets requirements of law. Requires the Department to create standards for instructor qualifications. Kansas HB Requires parental consent for sexuality education and provides that sexuality education materials will be available for parental review.
Also requires the boards of education of each school district to adopt policies and procedures related to sexuality education, including prohibiting the distribution of materials to any student whose parent has not consented. Provides that sexual health education should help students develop the relationship and communication skills to form healthy relationships free of violence, coercion, and intimidation. Requires the school to adopt a written policy ensuring parental or legal guardian notification of the comprehensive sexual health education and the right of the parent or legal guardian to withdraw his or her child from all or part of the instruction shall be adopted.
SB Requires every city, town, regional school district, vocational school district or charter school with a curriculum on human sexuality to adopt a written policy ensuring parental or legal guardian notification of the comprehensive sexual health education provided by the school, the right of the parent to withdraw a student from instruction and the notification process to the school for withdrawal.
Also stipulates that education should help students develop the relationship and communication skills to form healthy relationships free of violence, coercion, and intimidation. Provides that the department of elementary and secondary education shall establish age-appropriate guidelines for child exploitation awareness education. Provides that factual information includes medical, psychiatric, psychological, empirical, and statistical statements. Mississippi HB Requires sex-related education to consist of medically accurate comprehensive instruction or program.
Requires certain teaching components including the appropriate approaches to accessing health care services related to the human reproductive system, and health complications resulting from consensual or nonconsensual sexual activity and available resources for victims of rape, sexual assault or other instances of nonconsensual sexual activity.
SB Revises the curriculum on sex-related education and requires the local school board of each school district to implement a program on personal responsibility education into the middle and high school curriculum. Requires that curriculum selected must have been deemed evidence based and medically accurate by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Stipulates that the curriculum must include information that abstinence from sexual activity is the only way to prevent unintended pregnancy. HB Revises the requirement and standards of curriculum to be used in public school districts for the teaching of sex education and removes the requirement that such program be abstinence only.
Provides that the required policy to be adopted to implement sex education shall be comprehensive in nature and provide medically accurate, complete, age and developmentally appropriate information. HB Revises the curriculum on sex-related education and requires the local school board of each school district to implement a program on personal responsibility education into the middle and high school curriculum.
SB Requires Mississippi school districts to adopt a sex education curriculum that includes medically accurate, complete, age and developmentally appropriate information and to provide information about the prevention of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV , dating violence, sexual assault, bullying and harassment.
Stipulates that the curriculum shall promote and uphold the rights of young people to information in order to make healthy and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Missouri HB Amends laws related to sex education in schools. In addition to existing criteria of medically and factually accurate, requires that curricula must also be age appropriate and based on peer review.
Adds stipulations to cover certain topics, including helping students develop critical thinking, decision making, and stress management skills in order to support healthy relationships. Specifies that curricula promote communication with parents. SB Creates the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Education Act to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and information to prevent and respond to teen dating violence.
Authorizes school districts and charter schools to provide teen dating violence education as part of the sexual health and health education program in grades seven through 12 and to establish a related curriculum or materials. Also allows age appropriate instruction on domestic violence. Nebraska LR Designates an interim study be conducted to look at the link between academic achievement and risky health behaviors and to identify specific strategies in schools proven to simultaneously address and improve both academic achievement and health outcomes.
Specifically looks at comprehensive sex education and how it can promote healthy attitudes on adolescent growth and positively affect adolescent behavior. New York AB Amends existing education law to add prevention of sexual abuse and assault to health education in all public schools. Requires instruction to be based on current practice and standards and to include recognizing, avoiding, refusing and reporting sexual abuse and assault.
Establishes teacher training and standards for type of teacher who can instruct in elementary and secondary school. Requires that applicants teach information that is medically accurate and age appropriate and does not teach religion.
Makes provisions for other components, which are not required but may not be contradicted by applicants, including instruction that: Authorizes the commissioner to determine certain topics of instruction to be optional for age-appropriate reasons. SB Establishes an age-appropriate sex education grant program through the Department of Health. Includes the legislative intent of the bill. SB Mandates comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education be taught in grades one through 12 in all public schools.
Provides that the Commissioner of Education will create and establish a curriculum to accomplish such goal within one year of the effective date of this legislation. Allows boards of education to adopt their own curricula with approval of Commissioner of Education. AB Mandates comprehensive, medically accurate and age appropriate sex education be taught in all public schools, grades one through twelve; provides that the commissioner of education will create and establish a curriculum to accomplish such goal within a specified timeframe.
North Carolina HB 29 Repeals existing health education statute. Requires the same comprehensive health education and reproductive health education as existing law. Makes organizational to language of law. HB Amends the expertise required for review and acceptance of materials used in reproductive health and safety education and prohibits teaching about certain drugs as part of reproductive health and safety education.
Prescribes that instruction shall stress abstinence but shall not exclude other instruction and materials on contraceptive methods and infection reduction measures, and that instruction shall be medically accurate and age-appropriate. Allows for the excusal from any such class if the school has received a written request from the pupil's parent or guardian.
Pending- Carryover; House Version: Oklahoma HB Provides that school districts may provide programs to students in grades 7 through 12 addressing sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking awareness and prevention. The programs may address the issue of consent to sexual activity and educate students about the affirmative consent standard. Programs may be offered as a separate program or as a part of a sex education class or program.
The program outline shall be made available to the public online through the school district website. No student shall be required to participate in the program if a parent or guardian objects in writing. HB Requires sex education curriculum to be medically accurate, factual information that is age-appropriate and designed to reduce risk factors and behavior associated with unintended pregnancy.
Pennsylvania SB Requires public school districts to provide sexual health education. Instruction and materials must be age appropriate and all information presented must be medically accurate. Also stipulates certain content that the sexual health education must include, such as information on sexting and affirmative consent. Also requires school districts to publish on its website the title and author of health education materials used.
Failed- Adjourned; Senate Version: Utah HB Requires the state board of education to establish curriculum with instruction in comprehensive human sexuality education which includes evidence-based information about topics such as human reproduction, all methods to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and infections including HIV and AIDS and sexual or physical violence.
Stipulates that this curriculum shall include instruction to help students develop skills to make healthy decisions and not making unwanted verbal, physical, and sexual advances. Also provides that the curriculum shall include the information on sexual abstinence as well as increasing the use of condoms and other contraceptives. Requires that the state instructional materials commission shall consult with parents, teachers, school nurses, and community members in evaluating instructional materials for comprehensive human sexuality curriculum that comply with this section.
Washington SB Adds information on sexual assault and violence prevention and understanding consent to existing health education requirement. It should be medically accurate and the Department of Health Services or the Department of Education can be consulted to review curriculum for medical accuracy and teacher training. The information must be medically accurate, factual, and objective. In grade seven, information must be provided on the value of abstinence while also providing medically accurate information on other methods of preventing pregnancy and STIs.
A school district that elects to offer comprehensive sex education earlier than grade seven may provide age-appropriate and medically accurate information. Curriculum content standards shall also be age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate according to published authorities upon which medical professionals generally rely. Creates the comprehensive human sexuality education grant program in the department of public health and environment.
The purpose of the program is to provide funding to public schools and school districts to create and implement evidence based, medically accurate, culturally sensitive and age appropriate comprehensive human sexuality education programs. Medically accurate is defined as verified or supported by research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and recognized as accurate and objective by professional organizations and agencies with expertise in the relevant field, such as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Requires comprehensive sex education offered in grades six through 12 to include instruction on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STDs. Requires course material and instruction replicate evidence-based programs or substantially incorporate elements of evidence-based programs. Requires the State Board of Education to make available sex education resource materials. Allows parents to opt out. Research-based includes information recognized as medically accurate and objective by leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field.
Districts must have a program that has technically accurate information and curriculum.