Sexual Health Education Overview

HIV prevention and sex education are part of the required Health Education Program for students in San Diego Unified School District. The Sexual Health Education Program is part of the Physical Education, Health and Athletics Department. Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Comprehensive sex education programs are implemented in grades 6, 8 and 10. In addition, HIV prevention lessons are taught in grades 9–12. All programs follow California Education Codes. A Sexual Health Education Advisory Committee (SHEAC) is in place to review all lessons and support materials used in the classroom. Sexual health education aims to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease as well as assist students with developing interpersonal skills, responsible behavior, and goal setting. The program also provides schools and students with information regarding safe and legal access to sexual health services, supports for LGBT-inclusive environments, and additional interventions for schools with higher percentages of students at risk for HIV/STDs and unplanned pregnancies.
 

The primary goals are to:

  • Deliver accurate sexual health information to all SDUSD students.
  • Increase access for students to local youth-friendly sexual health service agencies.
  • Facilitate safe and supportive campus environments for LGBT students.
  • Promote long-term goal setting, healthy decision making, and responsible behavior among our students.
Curriculum:
  • Grade 6 – Family Life (10 lessons)
  • Grade 8 – Rights, Respect, Responsibility (10 lessons)
  • Grade 9 – HIV Prevention (1 lesson)
  • Grade 10 – Drawing the Line (10 lessons)
  • Grade 11 – HIV Prevention (1 lesson)
  • Grade 12 – HIV Prevention (1 lesson)

 Course Overviews:

Sexual Health Education Program Fact Sheet