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.
HIV/AIDS prevention education is required yearly in grades 5–12 by the AIDS Omnibus Act.
The Healthy Youth Act provides a framework for those districts that choose to provide sexual health education.
Washington State law prohibits discrimination, including that based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.
In partnership with the Department of Health, OSPI conducts reviews of curricular materials to support districts to meet state requirements for the delivery of sexual health education (RCW 28A.300.475).
SHECAT will help school districts evaluate current and potential sexual health education curriculum.
The KNOW Curriculum is one of two HIV/STD curriculum options available to school districts in Washington state.