Sexual Health Education (K-12)
Washington state law requires annual HIV/AIDS prevention education beginning in grade 5, in accordance with the AIDS Omnibus Act. The Healthy Youth Act for Comprehensive Sexual Education states that any parent or legal guardian who wishes to have his or her child excused from any planned instruction in sexual health education may do so upon filing a written request with the school district board of directors or its designee, or the principal of the school his or her child attends, or the principal's designee. In addition, any parent or legal guardian may review the sexual health education curriculum offered in his or her child's school by filing a written request with the school district board of directors, the principal of the school his or her child attends, or the principal's designee.
Opt-out form here
Request to review curriculum here
Senate Bill 5395, passed by the Legislature and Washington voters in 2020, went into effect on December 3, 2020 (see Bulletin 092-20 , Bulletin 092-20 addendum). It requires all public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) by the 2022–23 school year. Current requirements for sexual health education as well as new requirements in the bill can be found here