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Sexual Health Education

Districts that choose to offer sexual health education must comply with the Healthy Youth Act, which is based on the legislature’s finding “that young people should have the knowledge and skills necessary to build healthy relationships, and to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.” The law defines comprehensive sexual health education that is age-appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-informed.

General Resources

Instructional Materials, Scope and Sequence, Reviews, Standards

Evidence-Based and Evidence-Informed Programs

Population-specific Education (also see resources below on “Support for LGBTQ Students”)




Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS Prevention Education beginning no later than grade 5 (AIDS Omnibus Act).

Parent-Child Communication

Research shows that positive communication between parents and their children can help young people establish individual values and make healthy decisions. A major study showed that adolescents who reported feeling connected to parents and their family were more likely than other teens to delay initiating sexual intercourse. Confident, loving parent-child communication leads to improved contraceptive and condom use, improved communication about sex, and fewer sexual risk behaviors among adolescents. (from “Parent-Child Communication: Promoting Sexually Healthy Youth,” Advocates for Youth)

Safe and Supportive Schools

Safe and Supportive Schools - All students deserve to learn about all subjects in settings that are safe and supportive, free from sexual violence, bullying and harassment. Providing a safe learning climate is especially important when teaching sexual health education.

Dating Violence/Sexual Assault Prevention

  • "100 Conversations: Promoting Respect, Consent, and Healthy Relationships both On- and Off-line," from The Power of Prevention.
  • Coaching Boys Into Men – evidence-based program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach young male athletes health relationship skills.
  • Date Safe Project provides resources for parents, schools and colleges on consent education and sexual violence prevention.
  • Dating Matters, free, online course from the CDC, available to secondary educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health and reducing teen dating violence. Follow a school administrator throughout his day as he highlights what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it through graphic novel scenarios, interactive exercises, and information gathered from leading experts.
  • Futures Without Violence – resources to prevent teen dating violence, sex trafficking and sexual assault; includes resources for high school coaches and athletic directors, professional development events, toolkits and more.
  • In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence – classroom training kit to support discussions about dating violence and healthy relationships in one class period. From WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center – offers resources for parents and teachers on prevention, consent, reporting, services, etc. A pocket “Consent Card” for teens includes WA laws related to sexual assault/consent.
  • National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments provides resources on how to create and maintain positive school climate, including a "Safe Place to Learn" resource package, focused on eliminating peer-to-peer sexual harassment and violence.
  • Promundo Manhood 2.0– curriculum for adolescent boys and young men ages 15-24.
  • School Safety Center, OSPI – resources on sexual violence prevention, internet safety, sex trafficking, etc.
  • That’s Not – resources for youth and adults to decrease teen dating violence, including a mobile app, “Respect Effect.”

Support for LGBTQ Students

Sexual Health Services

Helping students change risk behaviors requires providing information, skills, motivation and access to services. Youth in Washington have the right to confidential, youth-friendly sexual health services in the school or community setting.



   Updated 9/5/2017

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