Sexual Health Education
In 2020, Senate Bill 5395 required all school districts in Washington to provide Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (CSHE) to all students by the 2022-2023 school year. CSHE is defined in the bill as: Recurring instruction in human development and reproduction that is medically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive of all students.
The Steilacoom Historical School District No.1 has provided sexual health education in compliance with the state requirements for several years. Our curriculum outline and materials are unchanged by this new law.
The new law requires the teaching of age-appropriate comprehensive sexual health education to students in grades 6-12 beginning in the 2021-2022 school year and in grades 4 or 5 beginning in the 2022-23 school year. Students in grades K-3 are required to be taught social emotional learning skills such as managing emotions, establishing relationships, setting goals, and making responsible decisions. There is no sexual health content in K-3.
In our District, the sexual health education currently offered to students in grades 5-12 meets the requirements for the new law. This means we will not be making changes to our current curriculum. Families will continue to be encouraged and invited to review our curriculum by special appointment. After viewing the curriculum, families have the ability to opt their child out of any or all lessons.
If you wish to preview the curriculum, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the student's name, school and grade level.
- What is comprehensive sexual health education?
- What is required in grades K-3?
- What is required in grade 5?
- What is required in grades 6-8?
- What is required in grades 9-12?
- WA Health Education Core Idea grades 6-12
- Is sexual health education integrated in other content areas?
- Are HIV/AIDS prevention lessons required?
- How do I opt out my student?