California Healthy Youth Act
Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, school districts are mandated to provide new comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention training at least twice to all students over the course of grades 7-12; once in middle school and once in high school, in accordance with the 2016 CA Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). The law applies to both General Education and Special Education students.
Prior to the new law, school districts were only required to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education once in middle school and once in high school. With the CHYA, the addition of comprehensive sexual health education aims to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as assist students with developing interpersonal skills, responsible behavior, and goal setting. The law emphasizes decision-making and refusal skills, identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships, and communicating with trusted adults about sexual health.
As a condition of the law, secondary schools must provide information to students regarding safe and legal access to sexual health services, supports for LGBTQ-inclusive environments, and additional interventions for schools with higher percentages of students at risk for HIV/STDs and unplanned pregnancies. For additional information regarding the CHYA, please access the California Department of Education website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/se/
MBUSD evaluated, recommended, and Board adopted Positive Prevention Plus as the District’s grades 7-12 comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum in February 2019. Please see the below link to the Positive Prevention Plus curriculum and their Parent Resources:
The school districts in the South Bay Consortium partnered with Beach Cities Health District to identify confidential resources for our staff and students. Please see the link below to the Confidential Services flyer:
If you have questions, please contact Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Katherine Whittaker Stopp at firstname.lastname@example.org.