What is the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA)?

Enacted January 1, 2016, The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) integrates the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. The bill renamed the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act to the California Healthy Youth Act. The bill requires school districts to ensure that all pupils in grades seven to twelve, inclusive, receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and at least once in high school. In the CVUSD this takes place in 7th grade for middle school and in 9th grade for high school. Additional information regarding the California Healthy Youth Act can be found on the California Department of Education's website.

California Education Code 51938(a) states "A parent or guardian of a pupil has the right to excuse their child from all or part of comprehensive sexual health education, HIV prevention education, and assessments related to that education through a passive consent (“opt-out”) process. A school district shall not require active parental consent (“opt-in”) for comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education." This notification (English Spanish) is modified from the CA Department of Education's sample letter and will be provided in advance to the parent/guardian by the student's teacher or administrator. 


2021 Board of Education California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) Material Selection - Information & Action


April 28, 2021
Sexual Health Curriculum

April 22, 2021
Comprehensive Sexual Health Presentation

April 14, 2021 - CVUSD Board Study Session
Comprehensive Sexual Health Curriculum

California Healthy Youth Act - Curriculum Preview