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Comprehensive Sexual Health

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How do I view the curriculum being taught in my child’s Health Class?

  • Elementary: Our curriculum for elementary school (5th grade) is called Always Changing and Growing Up and can be previewed at the following link: Always Changing and Growing Up parent preview. Parental consent is required for 5th grade participation.  If you have additional questions, please reach out to your school site.

Does my child need permission to participate in these lessons?


Girls Puberty

Everything you need to know about girls puberty     

How does a pad work?     

Supporting your daughter through puberty       

Boys Puberty

Everything you need to know about boys puberty     

Supporting your son through puberty

Middle and High School

How do I view the curriculum being taught in my child’s Health Class?  

  • Middle: Our curriculum for middle school is called Positive Prevention Plus. Parent resources can be viewed at the following link: Positive Prevention Plus parent preview. If you would like to preview the full curriculum, please contact the school office to schedule an appointment to view the curriculum binder and supplemental materials. 

  • High School: Our curriculum for high school is called Comprehensive Health Skills for High School, 3rd Edition. Information about the text and it’s table of contents can be previewed at the following link: Comprehensive Health Skills for High School, 3rd edition. If you would like to preview the full curriculum, please contact the school office to schedule an appointment to view the textbook.

May I opt my child out of the comprehensive sexual health unit?

Yes, the law states that parents/guardians may remove or “opt-out” their child from all or part of the comprehensive sexual health instructional unit.Districts shall allow parents to withdraw their child from class upon receiving a signed, written request, using a passive consent or "opt-out" policy. Please send the written request to your child’s teacher or principal. If you wish to remove your child from specific lessons in the curriculum, you may do so; however, there is a strong likelihood that content may come up outside of the specific lesson(s) in which they are addressed. The content may come up through the anonymous question box or may be connected through related topics. If this is a concern, you are free to remove your child from the entire instructional unit.

May I opt my child out of just the lessons that teach about LGBTQ?

The California Healthy Youth Act permits parents/guardians to opt-out of “all or part” ofcomprehensive sexual health instruction. However, schools are not allowed to permitparents/guardians to selectively opt their students out of lessons that are focused on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer) content, while leaving them in the classroom for other sexual health instruction. Doing so would violate the non-discrimination provisions of the Education Code and would open districts up to significant liability for discrimination.

FCUSD Currriculum Statement

  • Our district’s health curriculum is designed to meet the legal requirements of Health Education in California, as outlined in the California Healthy Youth Act. This act mandates that all students in grades seven to twelve receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education that is medically accurate, appropriate for their age, and inclusive of different sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. By providing this education, students can develop the skills necessary to have healthy, positive, safe relationships and behaviors. Our curriculum ensures that students receive this instruction in their 7th grade science class, and high school Health courses, in accordance with the California Healthy Youth Act. As stated by the State Superintendent of Education, this curriculum is designed to promote the well-being of our students and prepare them for a healthy and successful future. To see the Superintendent of Education’s legislation letter, please click: here 

    Our district is committed to providing inclusive and comprehensive health education to all students. In alignment with the California Healthy Youth Act and Education Code 51930, our district board policies, including Board Policy 6142.1 on Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction, require that our instruction and materials promote healthy attitudes towards gender and sexual orientation. We prioritize teaching students about gender, gender expression, and identity, while also providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions about their sexual health. 

    Our Board Policy 0415 on Equity also commits to policy and practices for eliminating predictable opportunity gaps based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, including supporting programs that respond to the diverse needs of our students. This policy requires that we provide each student with opportunities that prepare them for a productive life, including culturally relevant and responsive instruction, such as that found in our health instruction. Our goal is to create a safe and supportive learning environment where all students feel valued and respected.


California Healthy Youth Act Requirements

FAQ for Sexual Education, HIV/AIDS, and STDs

Health Education Framework