provides technical assistance and support to schools by promoting best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health education. Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS Prevention Education beginning in grade 5. Those districts that choose to offer sexual health education that extends beyond HIV/AIDS prevention must comply with the Healthy Youth Act.
About Sexual Health Education Requirements in WA State.
HIV/AIDS prevention education is required yearly in grades 5–12 by the AIDS Omnibus Act.
The Healthy Youth Act provides a framework for those districts that choose to provide sexual health education.
Washington State law prohibits discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.
In partnership with the Department of Health, OSPI conducts regular reviews of curricula and other materials to support districts in meeting state requirements for the delivery of sexual health education (RCW 28A.300.475).
The KNOW Curriculum is one of two HIV/STD curriculum options available to school
districts in Washington state. Districts may use OSPI's "model" curriculum,
KNOW, or a curriculum developed or purchased by the district that has been
reviewed by the Department of Health (DOH) for medical accuracy.
A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years to collect information about School Health policies, instruction, and practices. OSPI conducts the WA State Survey.