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Opt Out of Instruction

Parents or guardians may excuse their child from the sexual health instruction for this school year by providing an electronic, printed, or hand-written note in their preferred language to their child's teacher. The note should simply state that they are excusing their child from the instruction, include their child's name, and be signed by the parent or guardian. There is no need for any explanation or reason to be stated in this note.

Letter to Parents/Guardians Regarding Sexual Health Instruction and Curriculum Review (English | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Somali | Arabic): School sites will send a letter to parents/guardians that explains their right to review the curriculum prior to instruction and their right to excuse their child from the instruction. The letter includes the following information:

  • Comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention instruction is provided by trained classroom teachers or community-based health educators.
  • All content complies with California Healthy Youth Act and CA Education Code requirements.
  • When the instruction will be implemented at their child's school.
  • When parents/guardians can review instructional materials at their child's school.
  • That parents/guardians may notify the school in writing if they wish to excuse their child from the instruction.