12.40 - Sex Education Instruction

  • Students will not be required to take or participate in any class or courses in comprehensive sex education, including in grades 6-12, instruction on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS; family life instruction, including in grades 6-12, instruction on the prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS; instruction on diseases; recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse; or instruction on donor programs for organ/tissue, blood donor, and transplantation, if his or her parent or guardian submits a written objection. The parent or guardian’s decision will not be the reason for any student discipline, including suspension or expulsion. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.1

    Parents or guardians may examine the instructional materials to be used in any district sex education class or course.


    1For schools that do not include grades 6-12, substitute the following:

    Students will not be required to take or participate in any class or courses in comprehensive sex education; family life instruction; instruction on diseases; recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse; or instruction on donor programs for organ/tissue, blood donor, and transplantation, if his or her parent or guardian submits a written objection. The parent or guardian’s decision will not be the reason for any student discipline, including suspension or expulsion. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

    Parents or guardians may examine the instructional materials to be used in any district sex education class or course.

    Cross-References:
    PRESS 6:60-AP, Comprehensive Health Education Program 
    PRESS 6:60-E, Notice to Parents/Guardians of Students Enrolled in Family Life and Sex Education Classes