Human Growth & Development
There are several state laws requiring specific sexual health content in public schools:
- RCW 28A.230.020 (Common School Curriculum) requires that "all teachers shall stress the importance of...methods to prevent exposure to and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases..."
- RCW 28A.300.145 was amended by the legislature in 2013 to require that schools offering sexual health education must include "age-appropriate information about the legal elements of sexual [sex] offenses (under chapter 9A.44 RCW) where a minor is a victim and the consequences upon conviction."
- IF schools do teach sexual health content, it must conform to the requirements of the Healthy Youth Act (HYA).
Learn more about Sexual Health Education requirements from the Washington State Superintendent's Office.
- Sexual Health Education Learning Standards
- Elementary: The HGD Citizens Advisory Committee, in partnership with school district staff, is working through new materials for grades 4-6 to be implemented in the 2020-21 school year. District-wide preview sessions were offered in the fall at both north and south side locations, and additional sessions will be offered this spring.
- Secondary: Last year, the HGD Citizens Advisory Committee, in partnership with school district staff and the school board, adopted new materials for middle and high school. High school materials were implemented last school year through all Health courses. This year, both 8th grade CCLR and 7th grade science teachers will have new materials. District-wide preview sessions were offered in the fall at both north and south locations.
- Learn about the Citizens Advisory Committee, which reviews materials and curriculum updates, and the curriculum approval process.