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HIV and Sexual Health Education

The HIV and Sexual Health Education Program provides technical assistance and support to schools by promoting best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health education. Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS Prevention Education beginning in grade 5. Those districts that choose to offer sexual health education that extends beyond HIV/AIDS prevention must comply with the Healthy Youth Act.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Sexual Health Education Requirements in WA State.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education—Requirements
HIV/AIDS prevention education is required yearly in grades 5–12 by the AIDS Omnibus Act.

Sexual Health Education—Healthy Youth Act
The Healthy Youth Act provides a framework for those districts that choose to provide sexual health education.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying
Washington State law prohibits discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.

Instructional Materials Review Reports and Tools
In partnership with the Department of Health, OSPI conducts regular reviews of curricula and other materials to support districts in meeting state requirements for the delivery of sexual health education (RCW 28A.300.475).

KNOW Curriculum
The KNOW Curriculum is one of two HIV/STD curriculum options available to school districts in Washington state. Districts may use OSPI's "model" curriculum, KNOW, or a curriculum developed or purchased by the district that has been reviewed by the Department of Health (DOH) for medical accuracy.

School Health Profiles
A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) every two years to collect information about School Health policies, instruction, and practices. OSPI conducts the WA State Survey.



What’s New

ESSA Funding for Sexual Health Education - funding is available through Title IV, Part A for programming that supports a "well-rounded education" and/or "safe and healthy students." Funding could be used to purchase a sexual health education curriculum, develop materials for a district-wide consent campaign, to provide Welcoming Schools training for staff, etc. OSPI staff can walk districts through the application process and brainstorm possibilities.

2018 Health Standards Comparison now available. Compares the 2016 WA Health Education K-12 Learning Standards with the National Sexuality Education Standards.

   Updated 7/23/2018

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