California state law for dating a minor
has several specific requirements for health education.
Education Code 51210 (1976/2001) requires instruction in grades 1 through 6 in "health, including instruction in the principles and practices of individual, family, and community health." Education Code 51934 (2003) requires HIV/AIDS prevention instruction to all pupils in grades 7 to 12 at least once in junior high or middle school and at least once in high school.
In addition, instruction and materials must provide information about the effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy, including, but not limited to, emergency contraception.
In addition, instruction and materials shall provide pupils with skills for making and implementing responsible decisions about sexuality.
Each pupil shall receive this instruction at least once in junior high or middle school and at least once in high school; (b) HIV/AIDS prevention education, whether taught by school district personnel or outside consultants, shall satisfy all of the criteria set forth" in the code.
Some sections of the Education Code express general support for school health education but do not establish mandates.
Exemptions: Education Code 51241 (2007) permits the governing board of a school district to exempt a student from courses in in physical education if the pupil is one of the following: (1) Ill or injured and a modified program to meet the needs of the pupil cannot be provided or (2) Enrolled for one-half, or less, of the work normally required of full-time pupils.
Exemptions from physical eduction course may be granted to pupils for two years any time during grades 10 to 12, inclusive, if the pupil has met satisfactorily any five of the six standards of the physical performance test administered in grade 9 pursuant to Section 60800.
The Health Framework for California Public Schools (2003) provides voluntary guidelines to districts and schools, including additional supporting information and an update of school health laws. schools to fulfill their physical education obligations" in Assembly Concurrent Resolution 31 (2003).
Education Code 33350 (no date available) encourages school districts that offer physical education in grades K-12 to provide quality instruction that develops the knowledge, attitudes, skills, behaviors, and motivation needed for lifelong fitness and activity.
Education Code 51220.5 (1992/1993) requires parenting education to be included in either grade 7 or grade 8.