Resources For Californians
CDC Releases 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results
The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor health behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include
- Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
- Sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV infection.
- Alcohol and other drug use.
- Tobacco use.
- Unhealthy dietary behaviors.
- Inadequate physical activity.
In addition, the YRBSS monitors the prevalence of obesity and asthma and other health-related behaviors plus sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts.
From 1991 through 2017, the YRBSS has collected data from more than 4.4 million high school students in more than 1,900 separate surveys.
Students' Gender-Related Rights including Access to Care
Schools should be a young person's primary center for learning, growing, and building a foundation for success in the world. High school can be challenging for any student, but LGBT youth face additional obstacles of harassment, abuse, and violence.
2016 Sexual Health Education Curriculum CHYA Compliance
Detailed information on how the 2016 versions of middle school and high school Sexual Health Education curricula are in full compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act.
California Healthy Youth Act Implementation Toolkit
Materials developed to ensure effective implementation of the California Healthy Youth Act (CA Education Code sections 51930‐51939), which took effect in January 2016.
Sample California School Board Policy and Administrative Regulations
Education Code 51934, as amended by AB 329 (Ch. 39, Statutes of 2015), requires districts to provide both comprehensive Sexual Health Education and HIV Prevention Education to students in grades 7–12. lt also authorizes, but does not require, districts to provide age-appropriate comprehensive Sexual Health Education prior to grade 7 on any of the topics specified in Education Code 51934. Sexual Health Education taught at any grade level must comply with the requirements of Education Code 51933. Districts that choose to provide such instruction prior to grade 7 may revise the following policy and administrative regulations accordingly.
Local Control Accountability Planning
The development of a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a key aspect of California’s movement toward Local Control Funding Formulas (LCFF). Implementing a Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Program fulfills four of the LCAP areas, including Student Engagement, Parent Involvement, Course Access, and Conditions for Learning.
Mandate Block Grant Funding
School districts throughout California may still apply for categorical Mandated Cost Reimbursement to support expenses associated with the planning and implementation of their HIV/AIDS prevention education curriculum. However, many districts are moving to the Mandate Block Grant, which provides funding to county offices of education (COE), school districts and charter schools to fund the costs of various mandated programs and activities identified in Government Code (GC) Section 17581.6 (including HIV/AIDS prevention education).
Putting It All Together
These guidelines were written primarily to give school administrators, board members, policymakers, and decision-makers support and direction in meeting the mandates for providing HIV/AIDS prevention instruction in middle schools and high schools. Parents and community members may find the guidelines helpful in understanding the legislative requirements for HIV/AIDS prevention and the components essential to an effective program. Teachers and health educators may use the guidelines to identify resources and materials to improve the quality of instruction; however, the overall goal of the document is to provide administrative-level support to counties, districts, and schools in planning and implementing a program of instruction that complies with California Education Codes 51930-51939.
Working with School Districts: Resources, Policies, and Guidelines Useful for Community Agencies Working In Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (webinar)
Schools provide the opportunity to reach a wide variety of economically and culturally diverse students, however…