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State Statutes Related to the Revision of the Health Education Framework




Sexual Harassment and Violence

ECS 33544

  • Comprehensive information for grades 9 to 12, inclusive, on sexual harassment and violence
  • Discussion of the affirmative consent standard, and skills pupils use to establish boundaries in peer and dating relationship
  • Information that is research based and appropriate for pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds

Sexual Abuse and Sex Trafficking Prevention Education

ECS 33545

  • Information on different forms of sexual abuse and assault
  • Discussion of healthy boundaries for relationships; how to recognize potentially harmful and abusive relationships; and refusal skills to overcome peer pressure and to avoid high-risk activities
  • Instruction shall emphasize compassion for people who have suffered from sexual abuse or sex trafficking, and support positive reentry experiences for survivors returning to school

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Education

ECS 51900.6

  • Age-appropriate content for kindergarten and grades 1 to 12 in sexual abuse and sexual assault awareness and prevention

Healthy Relationships

ECS 33546

  • Comprehensive information for K–8 on the development of healthy relationships, which shall be age and developmentally appropriate and consistent with the health education standards adopted by the state board
  • Information that is research-based and appropriate for pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Recognizing when and how to respond to dangerous or other situations that may result in the bullying, harassment, harming, or hurting of another person


Mental Health Instruction

ECS 51900.5

  • Mental health instruction to educate pupils about all aspects of mental health
  • Common mental health challenges such as depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Warning signs of common mental health problems in order to promote awareness and early intervention so pupils know to take action before a situation turns into a crisis
  • How to appropriately seek and find assistance






Inclusion and Equity

ECS 200, 201, 234.1, 51240

  • Equal rights and opportunities regardless of their disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation
  • Free from discrimination and harassment
  • California’s public schools have an affirmative obligation to combat racism, sexism, and other forms of bias, and a responsibility to provide equal educational opportunity
  • Health and other curriculum materials that are inclusive of, and relevant to, LGBTQ pupils
  • If any part of a school’s instruction in health conflicts with the religious training and beliefs of pupil’s family, the pupil shall be excused from the part of the instruction that conflicts with the religious training and beliefs.

Organ Procurement and Tissue Donation

ECS 33542

  • Include the subject of organ procurement and tissue donation, as appropriate

Nutrition Education

ECS 51210.4

  • Focus on pupils’ eating behaviors
  • Nutritional knowledge
  • Nutrition-related skills
  • Assessing eating habits

Sexual Harassment and Violence

ECS 51225.36

  • The governing board of the school district shall ensure teachers consult information related to sexual harassment and violence in the Health Education Framework when delivering health instruction



Lifelong Health, Aging, and Financial Literacy

ECS 51280–512804

  • The costs of health care, in a much-extended later life
  • Changes in the later years of our lives
  • The financial benefits of healthful living and disease prevention
  • An understanding of chronic disease and illness, with an emphasis on disease prevention and health in later life
  •  Integrate components of human growth, human development, and human contribution to society, across the life course

Comprehensive Sexual Health/HIV Prevention Instruction

ECS 51930–51939

  • To ensure pupils receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end
  • Instruction and materials shall be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, pupils with disabilities, and English learners
  • Instruction and materials shall affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations and, when discussing or providing examples of relationships and couples, shall be inclusive of same-sex relationships


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