Sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention education in all Sonoma County public schools should be medically accurate and comprehensive, as mandated by California law. Our students need and deserve accurate, effective sexual health education. Yet many Sonoma County students are being denied important information that they need to know. Even worse, some are being taught misleading and biased information.
As Sonoma County parents, students, and community members, we call upon our school districts to ensure that all sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention education meets the requirements of California law. Districts should:
1) Update school board policies to reflect current law;
2) Remove any elements of sex education that violate the law, such as instruction by the abstinence-only provider Free To Be;
3) Adopt new comprehensive, science-based curricula.
By taking these steps, Sonoma County districts will provide students with the sexual health instruction that they need and the law requires.