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Healthy Youth Act
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

Washington law on sexual health education states that “the decision as to whether or not a program about sexual health education is to be introduced into the common schools is a matter for determination at the district level by the local school board.” Any district that chooses to provide sexual health education must follow the requirements outlined in the Healthy Youth Act.

All sexual health education offered in Washington public schools must meet the following criteria:

All instruction and materials used must be:

Abstinence may not be taught to the exclusion of instruction and materials on FDA approved contraceptives and other disease prevention methods. In other words, the instruction must be comprehensive.

More information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Tools for Educators

If you have questions regarding the review process, please contact:
Marissa Rathbone
Program Supervisor
HIV and Sexual Health Education
OSPI
(360) 725-6364

 

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