HIV Prevention Education

Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction
California Education Codes 51930-51939 and SBCUSD Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 6142.1 provide guidelines for the delivery of Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction. The Board of Education recognizes that accurate information about family life and human sexuality may contribute to a decreased risk of sexually transmitted diseases or unintended pregnancies. Additionally, HIV/AIDS pose a public health risk and education is a necessary component to slow the spread of disease.

The purpose of HIV Prevention Education is to establish and strengthen school programs by providing students, staff, and parents with the most current information and facts. The abstinence-based curriculum and videos used are age appropriate, medically accurate, and teach students decision-making and refusal skills that are essential for healthy growth and development. Furthermore, making healthy choices and avoiding risk behaviors will help students become productive citizens in the community.

Parents will be notified and given an opportunity to preview written and audio-visual materials used to provide instruction at elementary, middle and high school levels. Parents may request in writing if they wish to have their child excluded.

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Angela Urquidies
Director of Specialized Programs

Charlene Davis-Long
Program Specialist

West Highland Administrative Annex (WHAA)
1535 W. Highland Avenue, Room 7
San Bernardino, CA 92411

Ph: (909) 880-6716
Fx: (909) 880-6702

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Sexual Health Education

The following information is provided for parents to help them understand how sexual health education is taught in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. We want to help you make an informed decision about your child's education. Thank you for taking the time thoroughly read this fact and information sheet.

SBCUSD Sexual Health Educational Facts & Information For Parents
  • Parents may opt out of Sexual Health Education and HIV Prevention.
  • Removing your child from school in relation to a protest or belief is our right as a parent, but please note, it will be an excused absence, and your student will be responsible for all work he/she misses (California Education Code 48205). Please be sure to check with your child about any work they will need to make up or that will be deemed late in accordance with this absence.
  • The pending Health Curriculum Framework of 2019 is separate from the California Healthy Youth Act of 2016, which requires students to receive sexual health education and HIV prevention education once in middle school and once in high school.
  • A letter notification is sent at the beginning of the school before AB 329 Sexual Health Education material is taught or given to students upon registration at the school site.
  • Parents may request to view the material that will be taught in their child's class prior to the instruction of the material.
  • SBCUSD Health curricula does not address gender identity matters in elementary schools.
  • In the letter created by "Informed Parents of California" that encourages families to participate in its "Sex Ed Sit Out" there was a lot of inaccurate information that especially does not apply to San Bernardino City Unified Schools.
  • The proposed California 2019 Health Education Framework has not been approved by the State Board of Education. Even if approved and passed, it is simply a framework and recommendation that school districts do not need to adopt or implement.
  • California is NOT requiring teachers to teach gender identity in elementary schools (K-6).
  • The opt-out provision of the California Healthy Youth Act does not apply to instruction or materials outside the context of sex education, including those that may reference gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. For example, the opt-out rule associated with sex education would not apply to a social studies lesson on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.
  • Neither the standards nor framework is mandatory. Both are optional for districts.
  • The intent of the framework helps teachers provide safe and healthy learning environments free from bullying and harassment.
  • The framework covers six health "domains" vital to wellness, including nutrition and exercise, drug prevention, emotional well-being, mental health, and sexual health.
  • The proposed framework includes LGBTQ-inclusive language teachers can use with the intent to create safe spaces for all students.
  • Because California gives local school districts the freedom to address local needs, the proposed framework does not direct what should or shouldn't be taught. It is a guide that districts may use in developing a scope and sequence for locally designed health education program.

The California Youth Act and 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework

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