Health Framework & Content Standards
The California Health Education Framework was adopted by the State Board of Education in May 8, 2019. The publication is currently undergoing a beautification process before it can be released; however, the content has been finalized and is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) website.
An Overview of the 2019 Health Education Framework for California Public
Ever wonder what Health Education content is covered at each grade level? Check out the brochures created by the California Department of Education (CDE), which summarize the health content taught in each grade band from Kindergarten to High School.
CA Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, school districts are mandated to provide new comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention training at least twice to all students over the course of grades 7-12; once in middle school and once in high school, in accordance with the 2016 CA Healthy Youth Act (CHYA).
For additional information regarding the CHYA, please access the California Department of Education website.
Prior to the new law, school districts were only required to provide HIV/AIDS prevention education once in middle school and once in high school. With the CHYA, the addition of comprehensive sexual health education aims to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as assist students with developing interpersonal skills, responsible behavior, and goal setting. The law emphasizes decision-making and refusal skills, identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships, and communicating with trusted adults about sexual health.
As a condition of the law, secondary schools must provide information to students regarding safe and legal access to sexual health services, supports for LGBTQ-inclusive environments, and additional interventions for schools with higher percentages of students at risk for HIV/STDs and unplanned pregnancies. We are working with our community partner the Beach Cities Health District in identifying resources for our students.
HBCSD evaluated, recommended, and Board adopted Positive Prevention Plus as the District’s grades 7-12 comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum in October 2018. Please see the below link to the Positive Prevention Plus curriculum.