CCSA Answers: AB 2601 and Charter Schools

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November 8, 2018 Question: What are the new requirements for charter schools under AB 2601: Pupil instruction: sexual health education: charter schools?

Answer: AB 2601: Pupil instruction: sexual health education: charter schools extends California's sexual health education law, The California Healthy Youth Act, to charter schools. The California Healthy Youth Act goes into effect beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year and requires that students in grades 7-12 receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school.

According to Education Code 51933, all instruction and materials must:

  • Be age-appropriate
  • Be medically accurate and objective
  • Align with and support the purposes of the California Healthy Youth Act
  • Be appropriate for use with students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Be appropriate for and equally available to English language learners
  • Be appropriate for and accessible to students with disabilities
  • Affirmatively recognize different sexual orientations and be inclusive of same-sex relationships in discussions and examples
  • Teach about gender, gender expression, gender identity, and the harm of negative gender stereotypes
  • Encourage students to communicate with their parents/guardians and other trusted adults about human sexuality, and provide skills for doing so
  • Teach the value of and prepare students to have and maintain committed relationships such as marriage
  • Provide knowledge and skills for forming healthy relationships that are free from violence
  • Provide knowledge and skills for making and implementing healthy decisions about sexuality including negotiation and refusal skills to assist students in overcoming peer pressure and using effective decision making skills to avoid high-risk activities.

Read AB 2601 here.