California Healthy Youth Act
California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329), requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. According to MVUSD Policy and Administrative Regulation, 6142.1(b)(c), Comprehensive sexual health education shall be offered to all student in grades 7-12. Please see FAQs for more information.
Instruction must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians or other trusted adults about human sexuality. Instruction must be medically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive of all students. It must include the following:
- Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatment.
- Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy, HIV and other STIs, and information about value of delaying sexual activity.
- Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS.
- Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive health care.
- Information about pregnancy, including FDA-approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law.
- Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative stereotypes.
- Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations.
Murrieta Valley Unified School District trained instructors will be providing health and science instruction to eighth grade science classes and ninth grade health classes. Parents will be sent notification prior to lessons being started in the classroom. State law and district policy allows parents to opt their student out of this instruction. If parents do not want their student to participate in comprehensive sexual health or HIV prevention education, he/she will be able to submit a written request to their student’s teacher.
To read the board policies, and administrative regulations please click on this link to take you to the course outlines. To read the parent notifications and opt-out information, please click the following: middle school parent letter or high school parent letter.
To make an appointment to view the material used in instruction, email Jennifer Schriver, Executive Director of Secondary Education or Monica Gutierrez, Public Information Officer. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Quick Facts About Comprehensive Sex Education in Murrieta Valley USD
The California Healthy Youth Act is a Dept. of Education mandate, which took effect January 1, 2016. This mandate requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and inclusive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education, at least once in high school and once in middle school from trained instructors.