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Its Spring- The Birds and Bees and Sex Ed are in the Air!

posted Jun 4, 2017, 8:47 PM by SD Council PTA

San Diego Unified School District

Last year the San Diego Unified School board trustees adopted a new sexual health curriculum titled Rights, Respect, and Responsibility.  The curriculum is managed by the San Diego Unified Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) which is in part funded by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  The District curriculum has not had a significant update in about 30 years.  The sexual health curriculum is taught to middle school students as well as high  school students and this is the first year of implementation.  Typically that means 6th, 8th and 12th grades, but it may vary depending on the school site. 

 The Executive Board of the San Diego Unified Council of PTA voted in early May to support this curriculum though the curriculum has been of some concern to some parents in the district.  We believe the curriculum is in alignment with the California Healthy Youth Act as well as the National Sexual Health Standards.  Additionally we believe the curriculum is in support of our California State PTA and National PTA resolutions:

·       LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness In Health Education California(CAPTA)

·       HIV/STD Prevention Education In Our Schools(CAPTA)

·       Violence Prevention In Schools(CAPTA)

·       Child Trafficking(PTA)

·       Sexting(PTA)

·       Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class(PTA)

·       Response to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Affecting Students Safety(PTA)

as well as the California State PTA position statements:

·       Family Planning(CAPTA)

·       Health Education(CAPTA)

·       Prevention of Teen Pregnancy(CAPTA

·       Teen Dating Violence Prevention(CAPTA)

·       Elements of Comprehensive health Programs(PTA)


In order to help our PTA parents stay informed as to what is happening in the classroom, here are some useful links to the new curriculum.  This information is all available on the district website as well.


A good place to start is with the Scope and Sequence of the curriculum or the more in depth review of the curriculum here.  There is also a link to Parent/Family ResourcesParent and student discussions are a big part of this curriculum and the parent/family resources links help support those of us parents who recognize the distinct difference between this curriculum and the classes we had when we were in school.  Please take some time to review the Student Supports as well


Parents absolutely do have the option to have their children excused from these classes.  You may click here on the district website for the directions on how to opt your children out from the sexual health curriculum.


If you have any questions regarding the curriculum, please feel free to contact the PTA office.