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SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION AT FERN BACON FOR ALL STUDENTS BEGINS THE WEEK OF MARCH 15, 2021.
PARENTS CAN VIEW THE SEX ED LESSONS HERE

PARENT OPT-OUT LETTERS MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM OUR WEBSITE AND DROPPED OFF AT OUR SCHOOL OFFICE.  WE WILL CALL YOU UPON RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER.  

PARENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO COME BY THE SCHOOL TO OBTAIN AN OPT-OUT LETTER, SIGN AND RECEIVE A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS.  

California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. Instruction must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians or other trusted adults about human sexuality. Instruction must be medically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive of all students.

It must include the following:

● Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatment

● Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV and other STIs, and information about value of delaying sexual activity

● Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS

● Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive health care

● Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law

● Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender stereotypes

● Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations (including human trafficking)

HOW CAN I VIEW THE CURRICULUM MATERIALS?

You can view written instructional materials and the CA Healthy Youth Act (California Education Code Sections 51930-51939) at your child’s school site in the main office. You can also examine the curriculum digitally (including audiovisual resources) on our district’s webpage (http://www.scusd.edu/chya) under the heading, middle and high school overviews.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING THE CURRICULUM?

Instruction will be usually provided by 7th grade science teachers and High School Biology/Earth teachers. Schools and teachers may partner with organizations like Planned Parenthood to deliver instruction. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information about instructional delivery.

CAN I OPT OUT MY CHILD FROM THIS CURRICULUM?

State law allows you to excuse your student from all or part of instruction on comprehensive sexual health education. If you do not want your student to participate in comprehensive sexual health or HIV prevention education, please fill out the attached “OPT-OUT” form and provide it to your child’s Science Teacher or School Office. Please be aware that per EC 51932, some lessons are not included in our independent opt-out policy. Those lessons are notated with an asterisk (*) on our opt-out form. If you have questions or feedback, please see the teacher or principal or submit your question / feedback via the online form on our website (http://www.scusd.edu/chya)

PARENT OPT-OUT LETTERS MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM OUR WEBSITE AND DROPPED OFF AT OUR SCHOOL OFFICE.  WE WILL CALL YOU UPON RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER.  

PARENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO COME BY THE SCHOOL TO OBTAIN AN OPT-OUT LETTER, SIGN AND RECEIVE A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS.  

PLEASE CALL US AT (916) 395-5340 WHEN YOU ARE IN THE STAFF PARKING LOT.