California Healthy Youth Survey

(Clicking on image will take you to the CDE website)

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Every year, in California, a health survey is administered to students in grades five, seven, nine, and eleven. For students in the fifth grade, an opt-in letter must be signed by parents. Students in grades seven, nine, and eleven will be required to fill out this survey unless a parent has signed a letter to opt them out.

Every parent should review this survey before permitting their child to take it. We have included links to these surveys and opt out forms (for the CUSD) here:

Fifth grade survey

Seventh grade survey

Ninth grade survey

Eleventh grade survey

Opt Out form (grades 7,9,11)

Opt IN form (grade 5)

These surveys are the same from district to district, but the opt in and opt out letters may differ as these are designed to be customizable. The templates for these letters can be found HERE. If you are unable to procure an actual opt-in or opt-out form from your school or district, you should be able to use the form found on the CDE website.

Please forward this information on to your friends and neighbors. ALL parents need to become more aware of what is happening in their children’s schools; this is one good step forward.


Read What's Happening in the East Bay

School districts all over California — districts like Mount Diablo Unified — are learning the hard way that most parents, once they understand what is being promoted under the name of Comprehensive Sexuality Education, do not want their children exposed to it.

We encourage trustees everywhere to reject curricula that sexualize our children and write their own lesson plans that focus on subjects that will actually arm our children with accurate, helpful, age-appropriate sex-education information — not sexualization information.

700 Concerned Parents in Chino STEP UP and SPEAK UP in Support of Parents' Rights

On September 6th, about 700 parents showed up at a Chino Hills school board meeting to demand that the school district allow parents to opt out of K-12 sex education curricula. Concerned citizens -- clearly not a minority -- spoke in favor of a proposal that would require the school district to notify parents when Comprehensive Sexuality Education, HIV Prevention Education, Family Life Education, and even instances which may imperil their child's physical/bodily privacy on school premises are going to be taught.

The proposal complies with state law, which already allows for a parent to opt their child out of Comprehensive Sexuality Education, but goes a step farther by granting parents ample time to withdraw their children from subject matter they decide is inappropriate.

Parents in Chino are promoting changes in sexual health curricula that steer children away from risky sexual behavior, by encouraging them to abstain from sexual activity all together until they're married and to not encourage them to explore sexual acts and identities. They believe that what is at stake is the fundamental right of parents -- not the State -- to direct the upbringing of their children.

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CSE Not Just a California Problem

The Salt Lake Tribune published an article by Heather Ells, a student at Maple Mountain High School, that explains the objections many people have with Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), as it is currently packaged and promoted. The majority of students and parents simply do not want more graphic, sexually explicit curricula to be taught in our schools to our children.  It's as simple as that. 

Parents who approve of CSE have the right to share this type of information with their own children, but they do not have the right to force my children to be exposed to the same lessons which smack of ideology rather than science and are, in the eyes of most, completely age-inappropriate.  

My children.  My choice.  Makes sense, right?  Well, in California our school districts don't have a choice whether or not they can choose to incorporate a CSE curriculum into their middle schools an high schools.  The California Healthy Youth Act took away that right.  So, parents need to engage their Trustees in a constructive dialogue regarding the best way forward.  How to comply with the law and still maintain a curriculum that is dignified, age-appropriate, and science-based is a question that can be answered and solved if good people stand together and take time to think creatively.

In coming weeks, we will share with you an analysis of several good curricula that focus on abstinence and how close they come to compliance.  Perhaps the solution for some districts is to adopt a curriculum like one of these and simply add a few supplemental lessons to bring the program into compliance.  Solutions are out there.

Orange Unified School District Rejects Teen Talk Too

In response to an article published in the Orange County Register on July 19, 2018, Brenda Lebsack (OUSD Board member) wrote a thoughtful response which was published on August 10th.  She points out that the main reason her district rejected Teen Talk was due to medical inaccuracies found within the lessons -- inaccuracies that put teens in harm's way.


Skip Hellewell, a member of our United Parents team, also wrote a response to this original Orange County Register article:

Dear Editor 

Your 7/19 article “O.C. school districts resist state sex ed law” missed the main points of growing resistance to proposed sex ed curricula.  Most parents aren’t resisting the law (AB 329, the CA Healthy Youth Act)—they are offended by curricula that go well beyond the law.  Likewise, parents aren’t against the LGBTQ—they seek to protect the innocence and health of ALL children.  

The proposed curricula appear to violate AB 329 because they are not age appropriate, introduce children to risky sexual behavior, and do not respect parental sex ed rights.  For example:  The Teen Talk curriculum provided at the Capo USD for parental inspection invites 12- and 13-year-old children, in the first lesson, to discuss masturbation, oral sex, and anal sex.  This offends innocence.  

Sex ed curricula are now required to teach children the benefits of, and skills needed, to delay their sexual debut until, hopefully, it’s legal, or even until marriage.  Sadly, the proposed curricula do not adequately teach this vital knowledge.  You don’t have to be Christian to be concerned; parents of all beliefs are conservative when it comes to protecting their children.  The cited “sexual assault victim” might have been protected with better teaching of refusal and coping skills, and healthy relationships.    

Laws are created in Sacramento, but curricula are approved by the school boards of our local school districts.  The trustees of the Capo USD, and the Orange USD, cited in your article, should be commended for listening to parent’s concerns and engaging them.  It’s democracy at work.  The most common reaction when these sex ed curricula are explained to parents is, “They’re teaching my child what?”  Parents are widely unaware of the new law and the proposed curricula.  This is an opportunity for the Register.  I just returned as a subscriber; make me proud.  

Robert Hellewell

Update on Oceanside -- Parents CAN Make a Difference

We've already told you about the success parents have had in Oceanside as they have STEPPED UP to speak against the unnecessarily explicit sex ed curricula their district was planning to implement beginning in Kindergarten.  Below is an update.  

The lesson is . . . if we stand together . . . if we WAKE UP, STEP UP and SPEAK UP . . . we CAN make a big difference.  And, our efforts are not for our own children only.  Critics claim that we should mind our own business and simply "opt [our] children out if [we] don't like it." Yes, we may do that if our curriculum ends up being graphic, salacious, and based on ideology.  But, unfortunately, the great majority of parents simply don't have the time to be involved in issues like this.  They are busy going to work and taking care of their families.  They trust that the schools are doing right by their children and would never dream that their children would be subjected to the content that is found in so many of the currently available CSE curricula.

Most parents will never know that this was ever an issue.  But, we will know.  Please stand with us as we continue to have a positive influence on the direction our school districts take in teaching our children (and their friends) only what is necessary, medically accurate, and age-appropriate. And, even more importantly, talk to your kids.  Help them understand who they really are and what it means to be a part of the human family.

Oceanside Parents Need Our Help

Over the last several months, concerned parents in Oceanside have succeeded in working with their Trustees to remove many objectionable lessons from their selected Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum, Rights, Respect and Responsibility, a curriculum like Teen Talk that is being promoted by the California Department of Education through their website ASHWG.org

Unlike Teen Talk, this 3R's curriculum is designed for grades K-12 and many parents are understandably unhappy about the early subjection of their youth to topics like sex methods, masturbation and gender fluidity, to name three.  In the sixth grade 3R's curriculum, students are encouraged to log on to scarleteen.com to get answers to their questions about sex.  They are encouraged to do homework assignments on sexetc.org and amaze.org where they can play fun games to learn about condoms and masturbation. 

We have been asked by parent networks in Oceanside to help them get 2500 signatures on a petition that will be sent to their Board of Trustees asking them to authorize Comprehensive Sexuality Education for middle school and high school age children only (as mandated by law). Parents in Oceanside helped parents in the San Diego Unified School District with a similar petition and now they're reaching out to networks like ours for help.

Let's step UP and speak UP!  If we don't . . . our opinions won't matter. One does not have to be a resident of Oceanside to sign their petition.  

Sign the petition here!

 

CSE in Tucson, AZ

Rights, Respect, and Responsibility is a Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum that was recently implemented in the Sunnyside Unified School district in Tucson, AZ.  This curriculum has also been promoted by our own Califonia Department of Education (CDE) on the website ASHWG.org.  This curriculum, and all others that have been deemed compliant (or somewhat compliant) by the CDE all promote the early sexualization of our children, and promote the philosophy that gender is not binary, but is fluid and ever changing.

The Capistrano Unified School district was considering a similar curriculum called Teen Talk.  But, fortunately, they have agreed to take into consideration the views of parents who object to this philosophy and are working to craft a curriculum that complies with the letter of the new law while not offending the value systems of the majority of parents who reside within this district.

https://www.lc.org/newsroom/details/051118-shocking-curriculum-in-az-schools-1

ACLU vs. Clovis Unified School District (Abstinence-Only Curriculum)

Forces have been fighting against districts teaching children about abstinence for a long time.  In  2003, the ACLU sued the Clovis Unified School District because they were teaching an abstinence-only curriculum.  We do not promote an abstinence-only curriculum; we acknowledge the value of teaching older children about contraception and STI’s, but we do promote curricula that emphasize the value of abstinence for a child’s emotional and physical health, no matter their sexual orientation or preferences.

Because of the ACLU's meddling with local control in our school districts, our board members are understandably reluctant to teach anything that has not been endorsed by the ACLU, and the like. This is one reason our board members need to know that they have the full support of their community in choosing curriculums that are not formally approved by these non-governmental organizations. 

When the ACLU doesn't approve of what a school district teaches regarding CSE, lawsuits can follow. 

https://www.aclusandiego.org/historic-ruling-in-aclu-lawsuit-abstinence-only-sex-ed-violated-state-law/