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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.



What’s New

2017 Sexual Health Education Curriculum Review
New interactive version of the report, with tables and links to easy-to-read individual curriculum information pages.

Health Education K-12 Learning Standards: Focus on Sexual Health (PPT)

Supplemental Materials Evaluation Form - Revised 3/2017

Sexual Health Education Instructional Materials Review Instruments. Newly revised, WA State-specific curriculum review tools.

   Updated 8/30/2017

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