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Participation in Academic Programs (BP 6164.2)

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Governing Board recognizes that a comprehensive counseling program promotes academic achievement and serves the diverse needs of all district students.  Academic programs and/or courses are available to all persons, without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. In addition, no course or activity will be labled or scheduled which results in the separation of students on the basic of one or more of the characteristics listed above.

Curriculum & Instruction: Secondary Course of Studies

Health Education 1A 

California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school or junior high school and once in high school, starting in seventh grade. 

Sexual health education instruction will include the following:

  • Information about HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including transmission, effects on the human body, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatment 

  • Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV and other STIs, and information about the value of delaying sexual activity

  • Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS, including addressing unfounded stereotypes and myths

  • Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive health care

  • Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law

  • Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender stereotypes

  • Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations including sexual harassment, sexual assault, adolescent relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, and sex trafficking

You can examine written and audiovisual instructional materials at your school upon request pending a 24 hour notification. You may request a copy of the California Healthy Youth Act (California Education Code Sections 51930-51939) by contacting the school district at 714-424-7551.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS MAY OPT OUT of comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education for their student(s). To do so, parents/guardians may submit, in writing (to the child’s teacher), a letter to exclude their child from participation in comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education. Parents/guardians are not allowed to opt out of ONLY lessons focused on LGBTQ content such as gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, as doing so could be considered discriminatory.

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Tere Russell
Education Services Program Support 
714-424 -5066