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2125 Sexual Health Education

The Seattle School Board is authorized by law to determine whether sexual health education instruction will be offered in the district. The Board has determined that such a program will be offered to students, consistent with state law. 

Sexual health education instruction offered by the district shall be medically and scientifically accurate, age appropriate, appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status, or sexual orientation and include information about abstinence and other methods of preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence will not be taught to the exclusion of other instruction on contraceptives and disease prevention. The district’s sexual health education program shall be consistent with the Guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention developed by the Department of Health and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.  

The life-threatening dangers of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) and its prevention shall be taught as part of the sexual health education instruction. HIV/AIDS prevention education shall be limited to the discussion of the life-threatening dangers of the disease, its transmission and prevention. Students shall receive such education at least once each school year beginning no later than the fifth grade.  

The Superintendent or his/her designee will provide parents/guardians an opportunity to review the materials to be used and provide information on excluding their child from sexual health education instruction.