Give all students the opportunity to receive comprehensive sexual health education

ESSB 5395 requires that by September 1, 2021 every public school must provide comprehensive sexual health education as part of the health and PE curriculum that is evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive for all students.

The instruction must:

  • Include both abstinence and other methods of preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases;
  • Encourage healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection and are free from violence, coercion, and intimidation;
  • Teach how to identify and respond to attitudes and behaviors that contribute to sexual violence; and 
  • Emphasize the importance of affirmative consent, meaning conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity, as a requirement before sexual activity.  

Comprehensive sexual health education of this nature benefits our communities by giving students the information they need to stay safe, healthy, and well informed. 

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