Board Will Consider New Sexual Health Education Curriculum at April 9 meeting
California law requires public school districts to provide sexual health education and HIV prevention education at both middle and high school levels (California Healthy Youth Act, Education Code 51930-51939). School districts may choose the curriculum provided that the curriculum complies with certain subject and content requirements.
SMUSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jason Kurtenbach convened a committee of interested persons to review three different state-approved curricula and to recommend the curriculum best suited for our District. This SMUSD committee includes ten parents, five teachers, and four administrators.
At the April 9th meeting, Mr. Kurtenbach will make a presentation to the Board of Education about the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act. Mr. Kurtenbach will present the review committee's curriculum recommendations, the timeline for implementation, teacher training, parent information nights, and the ability of the Board and public to review the curriculum. He will also discuss the rules regarding parents' ability to opt out of instruction on behalf of their children.
Community members interested in learning more about the California Healthy Youth Act and recommended curriculum are encouraged to attend the April 9 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the District's Board room.
For information about other topics being discussed at the School Board meeting, please click here to view the agenda.