Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific partners with local school districts, community groups, and faith organizations to help start the conversation and provide comprehensive, responsible, sexuality education. In 2003 Planned Parenthood helped pass the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act (SB 71) which went into effect January 1, 2004.

This new law requires that comprehensive sexual health education must be age appropriate; medically accurate and objective; available on an equal basis to English language learners; appropriate for use with students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and appropriate for and accessible to students with disabilities. This education must encourage students to communicate with their parents or guardians about human sexuality and must also teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.

The law also recognizes that while parents and guardians overwhelmingly support the teaching of medically accurate, comprehensive sex education in schools, they have the ultimate responsibility for imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children and, consequently, may choose to withdraw their children from this instruction. Parents or guardians must be notified by the school in advance about sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention education. They must be given an opportunity to review materials, and be given the opportunity to request in writing that their child not participate in the instruction. Schools are not permitted to adopt active consent or "opt-in" policies for either sex education or HIV/AIDS prevention education.


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