2125 Policy – Sexual Health Education

Bellingham Public Schools has determined that all students be provided instruction in comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE), consistent with state law.

In grades K-3 instruction will be social and emotional learning that is consistent with the social and emotional standards and benchmarks adopted by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

CSHE instruction provided by the district to students in grades 4-12 will be medically and scientifically accurate, age appropriate, appropriate and inclusive of students regardless of their protected class status under Chapter 49.60 RCW. Abstinence will not be taught to the exclusion of other instruction on contraceptives and disease prevention. The CSHE will be consistent with the Guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention developed by the Washington State Department of Health and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the K-12 Learning Standards adopted by OSPI and other provisions of RCW 28A.300.475.

Instructional materials will be chosen from a list provided by OSPI or will be identified or developed by the district and reviewed using CSHE curriculum analysis tools by OSPI.

The superintendent will provide parents/guardians an opportunity to review the materials to be used, including or providing electronic access, will provide information on excluding their child from CSHE instruction and will grant such requests.

The superintendent or their designee will annually identify to OSPI any curricula used to provide CSHE and how the provided classroom instruction aligns with legislative requirements.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 03/28/18
Adopted/Revised: 03/28/18
Updated: 09/26/22
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Policy 2020 – Curriculum Development and Adoption of Instructional Materials

Policy 2126 – HIV/AIDS Prevention Education

Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.300.475 Medically accurate sexual health education – Curricula – Participation excused – Parental review

RCW 28A.600.480(2) Reporting of harassment, intimidation, or bullying – Retaliation prohibited – Immunity

WAC 392-410-140 Sexual health education – Definition – Optional course or subject matter – Excusal of students

Management Resources: Content
Policy News, February 2021 Comprehensive Sexual Health New Requirements for Education
Policy News, February 2009 Healthy Youth Act
Policy News, August 2007 Sex Education Curriculum and Instruction