TVUSD's Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Information
Dear TVUSD Family,
Below is a sample of the communication all families will receive informing you of your middle or high school student's planned comprehensive sexual health education instruction during the 2022/23 school year.
The Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) provides Comprehensive Sexual Health Education once a year to 8th-grade students and high school students in their Biology classes.
Planned instruction, when, and what's covered?
The dates of specific sites planned instruction are included on this website. Parents will also receive notices by email 14 days in advance of their child's school site planned instruction.
TVUSD’s planned instruction is guided by several state laws including teaching that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only 100% effective protection against unwanted teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education is required by SB329, California Healthy Youth Act. Every school district has the autonomy to choose its curriculum as long as it meets the state guidelines outlined in the California Healthy Youth Act. The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), which took effect in January 2016, is a law that requires districts to provide students with comprehensive sexual health education, along with information about HIV prevention, at least once in high school and once in middle school. CHYA goals include educating students to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy, along with knowledge and skills for healthy attitudes on adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, human trafficking, and family planning.
What's the difference between the California Healthy Youth Act and the newly adopted California Health Framework?
The CHYA is designed to help students access the information they need to grow into healthy adults and is aligned with California's health standards. TVUSD follows the law in accordance with the CHYA. The Health Framework, which was adopted earlier this year by California, is not mandatory because it gives local school districts the freedom to address local needs. It is a guide that districts may use in developing a scope and sequence for locally designed health education programs.
Who will provide the instruction?
TVUSD has a dedicated Health TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) Ms. Beth Russell, who will be delivering the direct instruction to all participating students. Having one teacher to provide the curriculum district-wide provides continuity of lessons and maintains program fidelity.
What is the curriculum?
Ms. Russell will be using components of the Positive Prevention PLUS curriculum, as well as TVUSD created lessons to deliver a moderate, balanced program in compliance with SB 329, the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA), consistent with previous year's lessons.
Parent information meeting and review of planned materials
Ms. Russell has prepared a 30-minute informational video for families to review the planned instruction. If after watching the video, you have any concerns regarding the scheduled instruction, you can contact Ms. Russell via the contact provided at the conclusion of the video.
If I choose to opt my child out of participating in the instruction when is the form due?
If you would like to opt your child out of participating in the lessons, please submit the opt-out form. Due dates will be provided on individual school letters emailed to parents. They are also listed on this website.
Middle School Curriculum Parent Preview Video
High School Curriculum Parent Preview Video
The Difference Between The California Healthy Youth Act and The Health Curriculum Framework
TVUSD complies with the law provided for under the California Healthy Youth Act. The framework is a guide only and is not mandated.
Please click here to access a flyer that provides information about the CHYA, which is law, and the California Health Framework, which is a guideline only and is not mandated for use by school districts.
The CDE has also put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be accessed by clicking here.
Questions and Information Contact:
TOSA-Teacher on Special Assignment