School Sex Ed

All public schools are required by law to provide sex education, called Reproductive Health and Safety Education, to their students who are in the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. In reality, though, some schools do not.


According to the law, sex education must include medically accurate information on:

  • All birth control methods approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration such as the pill, the patch, condoms, IUDs, etc.
  • The transmission and prevention of STIs and HIV/AIDS.
  • Sexual assault, sexual abuse and human trafficking.
  • Abstinence until marriage.

However, your parents have the right to pull you out of these classes if they want.


School-based sex ed doesn’t cover everything. There’s not enough time in the day to cover everything about sex, and schools might not be comfortable teaching some topics. Fill in some of the blanks in your sex ed by exploring the Playbook.