May 4, 2006
Dear County and District Superintendents:
It has come to my attention that there are questions about the implementation of the California Education Code (EC) sections 51930-51939, formerly referred to as Senate Bill 71. I hope this communication will clarify the laws pertaining to HIV/AIDS prevention education and sex education.
The purpose of the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act (EC sections 51930—51939) is to provide every student with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Some highlights of this law are summarized below:
The California Department of Health Services estimates that one out of every four (25 percent) sexually active teens in California will get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) this year and that 27 percent of all reported STDs are among California's fifteen to nineteen year-olds. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, by the time a student finishes high school, almost 65 percent have had some type of intimate sexual experience. All of these infections are preventable through education and skill building.
HIV/AIDS prevention education is also part of the Categorical Program Monitoring process. If you have any questions regarding this subject, please visit the California Department of Education Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Instruction Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/se or contact the Coordinated School Health and Safety Office at 916-319-0914.
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