2021 Board of Education CHYA Material Selection - Information & Action

Presentations

April 28, 2021
Sexual Health Curriculum

April 22, 2021
Comprehensive Sexual Health Presentation

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

Health Curriculum Preview


Grades 4, 5, 6

Human Growth and Development is about the process of growth beginning with pre-adolescence through adolescence. At the elementary and middle school levels, a program is presented to students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to provide them with a fact-based understanding of the changes in their physical development.

Human Growth Information Sheet UPDATED 1/15/2021


Human Growth & Development videos

Previewing the Videos UPDATED 1/25/2021

Parent/Guardian Preview Letter

Every year, CVUSD provides an opportunity for parents/guardians to preview the Human Growth and Development films, which are part of the Health Education for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. This year’s preview events will be on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (complete details available here). District staff and nurses will be available at these events to answer questions.  CVUSD parents/guardians can also preview the films online until February 15, 2021 by going to bit.ly/CVUSDvideopreview

Click on a title below to learn more:

"Just Around The Corner: For Girls" (No. 9563)
Video covers when to expect the onset of puberty, physical and emotional changes, maturation of the female reproductive system, menstruation, importance of good hygiene and healthy habits, and maintaining health through good nutrition and exercise.

"Just Around The Corner: For Boys" (No. 9564)
Video covers when to expect the onset of puberty, physical and emotional changes, maturation of the male reproductive system, common experiences of puberty, importance of good hygiene and healthy habits, and maintaining health through good nutrition and exercise.

"Growing Up! For Girls" (No. 9558)
Video covers the female reproductive system, the emotional and physical transformations of puberty, and the importance of good health and hygiene is geared toward encouraging a positive body image and a sense of personal worth.

"Growing Up! For Boys" (No. 9559)
Video covers basics of male anatomy, advice on health, hygiene and grooming. Video fosters the self-esteem that comes with accepting new responsibilities.

"A Baby Is Born" (No. 9547)
This video is designed for an audience of both boys and girls. The video covers human reproduction, including information about conception, pregnancy, fetal growth and development, and genetics. Video describes various human physical characteristics, explains how and why sex cells and hormones are produced and relates this to the biological process of fertilization.

"We're Growing Up" (No. 9560)
This video is designed for an audience of both boys and girls. The video talks human growth in a comfortable and matter-of-fact manner. Video covers the growth of a baby in the womb, and quickly through childhood to adolescence. Video reviews male and female anatomy, sexual development, and an emphasis on responsible choices.

Grade 7

The Family Life Unit provides the basis of middle school family life instruction, and the science textbook provides the detailed information about human reproduction. Any supplemental material, such as video tapes or multimedia, are used only if they have been recommended by the Family Life Materials Review Committee and approved by the CVUSD Board of Education.

CVUSD Grade 7 Family Life (Board Approved: June 28, 2005) [Students answers removed]

7th Grade Family Life - Information Notice & Opt-Out Form (English)

7th Grade Family Life - Information Notice & Opt-Out Form (Spanish)

Grade 9

This course is designed to increase students' knowledge concerning various aspects of health, enabling them to make intelligent decisions that greatly affect their lives. Units of instruction include: "Healthy Foundation", "Physical Activity and Nutrition", "Mental and Emotional Health", "Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships", "Personal Care and Body Systems", "Growth and Development", "Tobacco, Alcohol, and other Drugs", "Diseases and Disorders", "Injury Prevention and Environmental Health"

Glencoe Health (Board Approved: June 28, 2005)

9th Grade Health - Information Notice & Opt-Out Form (English)

9th Grade Health - Information Notice & Opt-Out Form (Spanish)

General Health - Frequently Asked Questions

Click on a question below to see the answer:

The 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (Health Education Framework) is a guidance document that districts may use when developing health education programs for students. The framework provides guidance for teachers and administrators on how to teach California’s 2008 Health Education Content Standards.

Health education, student success in school, and a thriving future for California are linked—healthy children make better students and better students become healthy, successful adults who are productive members of their communities.

No. The Health Education Framework is a guidance document for teachers and administrators in implementing California’s health standards. There are no mandates that require schools to use the Health Education Framework.

The framework covers six content areas of health education: Nutrition and physical activity; growth, development, and sexual health; injury prevention and safety; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental, emotional, and social health; and personal and community health.

Yes. A parent/guardian must complete and return an opt-out form pursuant toEducation Code 51938:
(a) 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.

Prior to instruction of Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Instruction, the Grade 7 Opt-Out Form and Grade 9 Opt-Out Form will be available on this webpage, provided to students by the teacher, and sent to all families via email. Opt-out forms must be completed and returned to the student's teacher.

No additional curriculum has been adopted nor implemented to meet the new requirements of AB 329.

The current board-adopted materials addressing state-required Comprehensive Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Instruction are as follows:

  • Family Life Curriculum (Board Adopted June 2005) - Grade 7
  • Glencoe Health (Board Adopted June 2005) - Grades 9-12
  • The Board approved Human Growth & Development (Board Adopted - Grades 4-6) unit of study is NOT a curriculum for comprehensive sexual education and HIV/AIDS prevention, it is a part of the health curriculum for Grades 4, 5, and 6.

No. CVUSD has not implemented any additional curricula (published or district-created) to meet the new requirements of AB 329. Staff has reviewed and evaluated “Positive Prevention PLUS” for potential supplemental materials in line with our existing adopted materials, but no part of that curriculum has or will be implemented during the 2019/20 school year.

As indicated on their website, the California Department of Education (CDE) determined there was a lack of publisher interest in the 2020 Health Instructional Materials Adoption and cancelled the adoption.

The CDE does provide curriculum guidance to meet the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act by citing the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG). ASHWG is an organized collaborative of governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGO) to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive health of youth in California. ASHWG is comprised of program managers from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California CDE, and key NGOs committed to working more effectively to address the sexual and reproductive health of California adolescents since 2003.

During the January 26, 2021 meeting of the board of education, it was approved that staff review “Positive Prevention PLUS”, “Teen Talk”, and “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” as possible curricula to be adopted for Grades 7 and 9. These curricula were recommended by ASHWG and/or are popular materials used locally by other neighboring school districts in Ventura County.

Though the legislature chartered AB 329 in October of 2015, the California State School Board did not approve the new Health Education Framework until May of 2019. This document provides guidance to districts and will not be published until the fall of 2019. The CVUSD has made the decision to delay any changes to the District’s Health Education curriculum until the California School Board formally adopted the Health Education Framework, and the California Department of Education publishes the approved document. Additionally, the CDE has determined that the Health Education textbook cycle will initiate in November of 2020.

Per the California Department of Education, The California Healthy Youth Act has five primary purposes:

(1) To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy.

(2) To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family.

(3) To promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development.

(4) To ensure pupils receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end.

(5) To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to have healthy, positive, and safe relationships and behaviors.

Assembly Bill 329 amended Sections 51930, 51931, 51932, 51933, 51934, 51935, 51936, 51937, 51938, and 51939 of the California Education Code, and per the legislative summary (09/10/15): “Makes instruction in sexual health education mandatory, revises human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education content, expands topics covered in sexual health education, requires this instruction to be inclusive of different sexual orientations, and clarifies parental consent policy.”

Based on feedback received from the community and the CVUSD board of education, district-created materials will not be proposed for possible adoption. Instead, during the January 26, 2021 meeting of the board of education, it was approved that staff review “Positive Prevention PLUS”, “Teen Talk”, and “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” as possible curricula to be adopted for Grades 7 and 9.

CVUSD is not designing its own curriculum to meet the requirements of CHYA. During the January 26, 2021 meeting of the board of education, it was approved that staff review “Positive Prevention PLUS”, “Teen Talk”, and “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” as possible curricula to be adopted for Grades 7 and 9. This curricula will address the requirement to provide gender identity instruction.

This FAQ question - #15, was added in August 2019 to this FAQ webpage. At that time, the following statement was posted as the drop down answer, "CVUSD has no plans to adopt K-6 gender diversity materials. These K-6 materials are not mandated under AB 329."

However, since the 2019-2020 school year has been in session, the district has recognized a growing need to provide support to transgender students, their parents/guardians, and school staff. Therefore, district staff is currently researching best practices to ensure all students have a safe and supportive learning environment.

*Please note: The information in this FAQ (#15) was updated on October 24, 2019.

The CHKS is a service of the CDE and serves as a resource of key data on school climate and safety, learning supports and barriers, and stakeholder engagement, as well as youth development, health, and well-being. CHKS is administered on a biennial basis to students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11 on a voluntary basis and with the consent of parents or guardians.

The 2017/18 CVUSD CHKS results may be attained on the following link - CHKS

California Department of Education Instructional Materials – Health

California Department of Education: California Healthy Youth Act

California Department of Education: Health Education Framework

California Department of Education: Health Education Initiatives - Frequently Asked Questions

Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools (K-12)

CVUSD Board Policy 6142.8 Comprehensive Health Education

CVUSD Administrative Regulation 6142.8 Comprehensive Health Education

CVUSD Board Policy 6142.1 Sexual Health And HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction

CVUSD Administrative Regulation 6142.1 Sexual Health AND HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction

Positive Prevention PLUS (November 2016)
Be Real, Be Ready (November 2019)
Rights, Respect, Responsibility (November 2019)
HEART (November 2019)
Glencoe Health 2005 (January 2020)
Teen Talk (October 2020)

In December 2020 and January 2021, Instructional Services staff met with high school and middle school teachers to provide important updates and seek out their input on the possible adoption of publisher-created curriculum to meet the requirements of CHYA.

During the January 26, 2021 meeting of the board of education, it was approved that staff review “Positive Prevention PLUS”, “Teen Talk”, and “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” as possible curricula to be adopted for Grades 7 and 9.

Instructional Services staff will provide updates and seek input from District Advisory Councils/Committees such as SEDAC, DELAC, GATE DAC, and SDAC. Moreover, curriculum sub-committees from SEDAC and SDAC will provide focused feedback based on the three possible curricula.

In March 2021, Instructional Services staff will use published analysis from ASHWG to determine the level of compliance that each of the three proposed curricula in relation to the requirements of the CHYA.

Educational staff, including general education teachers, special education teachers, and English Language Development teachers, will conduct a review of the three proposed curricula and provide a recommendation to the board of education, which may include to pilot more than one set of materials.

Preview events will be held for the community to inspect any proposed materials and be provided opportunities to ask staff questions and provide feedback to the board of education.

In November of 2016, Instructional Services Department attained the Positive Prevention Plus (PPP) curriculum binders and met with Health Education staff to review the contents of the program. This review was intended to address two questions:
1) Does the PPP curriculum meet the requirements of AB 329 and the CA. Healthy Youth Act?
2) Does the PPP curriculum meet the needs of our students, staff, and community?

The directive in November of 2016, which continues today, was that teachers are not to implement any of the PPP curriculum until staff has fully vetted our current curriculum, and the Board of Education takes action. PPP is one of several curricular programs that our District will most likely review as we work to update our curriculum. Please note that no changes have been made to the Health curriculum for grade 9, the Family Life Unit in grade 7, nor the Human Growth and Development curriculum for grades four through six which have all been in place since June 28, 2005.

As stated in Education Code 51932(b), the opt-out provision of the California Healthy Youth Act does not apply to instruction or materials outside the context of comprehensive sexual health education, including those that may reference gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, discrimination, bullying, relationships, or family. For example, the opt-out rule associated with comprehensive sexual health education would not apply to a social studies lesson on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Read more about the FAIR Education Act of 2011.

No, under the California Healthy Youth Act, all comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and materials in grades K-12 must be inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) students. Instruction must affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations and, when discussing or providing examples of relationships and couples, must be inclusive of same-sex relationships. It must also teach students about gender, gender expression, gender identity, and explore the harm of negative gender stereotypes. This means that schools are required to teach about sexual orientation and transgender, cisgender, and non-binary gender identities. Learn about the requirements here.

A simple way to think about these questions is: Parents have the right to passive consent only in all grades. When discussing opt-out, parents can opt out of content, but NOT people:

  • Yes, (EC 51934) parents can opt-out of content related to contraception, sexually transmitted infections, or adoption.
  • No, (EC 51933) parents cannot opt-out of information related to people in relation to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Reminder: LGBTQ+ individuals are one of the protected classes under EC 220.