Family Life Education

Family Life Letter to Parents

  • February 8, 2021

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    You are receiving this letter because you have a student enrolled in either 7th or 8th grade science. California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. In Stockton Unified, students will be receiving this content in 7th grade traditionally but in 8th grade as well this year and this year only due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Spring of 2019 when this content was not delivered.

     

    Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and school closures during Spring 2021, the comprehensive sexual health education will be delivered in a distance learning format. The Board-adopted curriculum, Teen Talk, will be used and instruction will be delivered beginning March 22, 2021 through May 28, 2021. Your student’s school site will determine when the curriculum will be presented.  Offerings of this instruction will be in your student’s science class. 

     

    While participating in the curriculum it is important that students:

    • have headphones or a private space away from younger children to participate in these lessons.
    • do not record or distribute any of the instructional material.

     

    Instructional materials remain available for review by parents/guardians through four parent meetings on Zoom on the following dates:

     

    If you are interested in further reviewing the curriculum, please email Marcus Sherman at msherman@stocktonusd.net.

     

    State law allows you to remove your student from this instruction. If you do not want your student to participate in comprehensive sexual health or HIV prevention education, please give an electronic written request to your student’s site principal as soon as possible.

     

    Per the California Healthy Youth Act, instruction must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians or other trusted adults about human sexuality. Instruction must be medically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive of all students. It must include the following:

    • Information about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including transmission, FDA approved methods to prevent HIV and STIs, and treatment.
    • Information that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and HIV and other STIs, and information about value of delaying sexual activity.
    • Discussion about social views of HIV and AIDS.
    • Information about accessing resources for sexual and reproductive health care.
    • Information about pregnancy, including FDA approved prevention methods, pregnancy outcomes, prenatal care, and the newborn safe surrender law.
    • Information about sexual orientation and gender, including the harm of negative gender stereotypes.
    • Information about healthy relationships and avoiding unhealthy behaviors and situations.

     

    If you have questions, please contact your student’s science teacher or school principal.

    7th Grade Science: Mr. Soto asoto@stocktonusd.net

    8th Grade Science: Mrs. Moore heathermoore@stocktonusd.net