Policies and Mandates

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) seeks to ensure that all students receive comprehensive health education that is age appropriate, factual, skills based, medically accurate, and objective. Below you will find a number of national, state, and SFUSD policies related to comprehensive health education. Policies are reviewed, adopted, implemented, and updated to reflect current needs and to support all members of our school community, including teachers, staff and students.

Access to sensitive services in the community
California Education Code 46010.1Releasing students for confidential medical services: school authorities may excuse any pupil in grades 7 through 12 from school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian.

POLICY
DESCRIPTION
Comprehensive Health Education
SFUSD Board Policy 6302

Mandates Health Education as follows:

  • Elementary School 20 lessons/year
  • Middle School 30 lessons/year
  • High School 90 lessons: a one semester health education course is required for graduation.
Anti-Slur
SFUSD Board Policy 5162
Prohibits the use of verbal slurs on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. View Anti-Slur Policy.
Parent Notification
SFUSD Board Policy 19-245pl
Per California Education Code 51930 and 51939
Parents/guardians are to be notified at least 14 days prior to classroom instruction about sexuality, including human reproduction and sexually transmitted infections. Parents/guardians are to be given the opportunity to review sexuality-related materials, and to exclude their children from classroom instruction without penalty. The 2016-2017 Student and Family Handbook fulfills this notification requirement (no signed consent is necessary).
Condom Availability Program
SFUSD Board Policy
5141.25
California Education Code 19-24-Sp1
Requires a Condom Availability Program at all SFUSD High Schools; delineates guidelines, parent/guardian notification, exclusions, education component, and abstinence message. Creates alliance with schools and community health care providers.
Guidelines for Outside Speakers
SFUSD Board Policy P6302
California Education Code 51550
Provides guidelines for comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education taught by an outside Community Based Organization (CBO), or presented by a guest speaker at an assembly. If sexual health or HIV/AIDS is provided in either of these manners, caregivers must be notified about the date of the instruction, the name of the organization and/or affiliation of each guest speaker, and information stating the right of the parent or guardian to request a copy of section 51933 and 51934. View sample notification letters. Notice shall be made by mail or another commonly used method of notification, no fewer than 14 days before the instruction is delivered.
Curriculum and Material Review Task Force (CMRTF) Each year, as required by district, state, and federal guidelines, the Curriculum and Materials Review Task Force (CMRTF) reviews materials that deal with sexuality or related content and makes recommendations about their use in SFUSD classrooms. Materials are evaluated and selected based on age and developmental appropriateness, cultural inclusion, relevance, and consistency with community norms. SFUSD maintains a list of all materials that have been reviewed by the CMRTF. View list of approved sexual health curriculum resources.

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
California Education Code 51933 and California Bill AB 329

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education in Middle and High School must be age appropriate, factual, medically accurate, and objective. Lessons must be inclusive and accepting of all sexual orientations, include information about all available birth control methods, and teach about STI and HIV prevention, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, intimate partner violence, and many other topics.  

Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
SFUSD Board Policy 6302 and California Bill  AB 329
The SFUSD Board of Education recognizes that the purpose of the district’s sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention instruction is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Lessons are designed to encourage students to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender roles, sexual orientation, dating, marriage, and family.
HIV Infection and other medical conditions
SFUSD Board Policy P5143
Supports existing laws maintaining confidentiality of medical conditions of all students and staff.
Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Students
SFUSD Board Policy 610-8A6
California Bill AB537
Prescribes a variety of activities, interventions, accountability and support to ensure that schools are a safe place for LGBTQ youth. Ensures that sexual orientation and gender identity be included as protected categories in all non-discrimination policies and procedures applying to all SFUSD students, teachers, staff, administrators and other employees.

Non-Discrimination of Cooperating Organizations
SFUSD Board Policy 512-10Sp2
City and County of San Francisco Policy 18 – 13A6
All organizations, associates, and independent contractors providing programs, services, and activities to SFUSD must have a non-discrimination policy.
Sensitive Services/Minor Rights
California Family Law Code Section 6920-6929
Parental/guardian consent is not required for minors under the age of 18 to access sensitive services. These services may include treatment having to do with drugs/alcohol, reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health.
Sensitive Services/Minor Rights
California Education Code Family Code 6920-6929
Minors of any age can access sexual health information and treatment for pregnancy prevention and STDs without parental/guardian consent, and minors over age 12 can access HIV testing without parental/guardian consent.
Sexual Harassment
SFUSD Board Policy P566
  and P5111.4
Prohibits verbal, sexual, emotional remarks, activity, or behaviors that are suggestive, demeaning, or threatening. Applies to students and all school personnel.
Use of Tobacco, Alcohol and other Drugs
California Education Code 48900 and SFUSD Board Policy on Safe and Supportive Schools
Maintains a tobacco, and drug-free environment in all district buildings, grounds, and vehicles including district-sponsored events and activities.As of 2014, the SFUSD Board of Education prohibits the use of products containing tobacco and/or nicotine, including, but not limited to, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, clove cigarettes, and electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as electronic cigarettes, any time, in charter school or school district-owned or leased buildings, on school or district property, and in school district vehicles.
SFUSD Tobacco Referral Policy
California Education Code 48900 and SFUSD Board Policy on Safe and Supportive Schools
This policy addresses the need to provide interventions other than suspension for students caught using tobacco. If student continues to be caught smoking, suspension can be a final intervention when all others have failed.
Transgender Non-discrimination
SFUSD Board Policy R5163
Advises school site staff and administration regarding transgender and gender non-conforming student needs in order to create a safe learning environment for all students, and ensures that every student has equal access to all components of their educational program. See more information on the Transgender Policy
Vigilance Against Hate Crime Toward LGBTQ Youth
SFUSD Board Policy 810-27A1
Designed to protect the students of San Francisco and to send a message to other LGBTQ youth throughout the nation that they are valued and are integral components of their education system. Requires investigation and correction of all actions, decisions, and policies that result in the direct or subtle perpetration of hate crimes. View SFUSD LGBTQ Student Rights
Wellness Policy
SFUSD Board Policy
P5167

In April 2015, the Board of Education approved an updated wellness policy that was developed through a collaborative community process. Wellness Policy (P5167) meets all the provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), and provides all schools with a framework to actively promote the health and wellness of students, staff and families. View details at www.sfusd.edu/bewell.

 

California Health Standards

State Health Standards

Click image to view California Health Edcuation Content Standards for California Public Schools (K-12) (pdf.)