Sexual Education Requirements
- You must receive an opt-in parent permission per the Ohio Revised Code, if you go outside of the below requirements (items, a.-f.)
- Attached an Opt-In permission form template that you can use when receiving permission from parents. Opt-In Sex Ed Form Template
- Ohio Department of Education Audit: We were audited by the Ohio Department of Education this past September and will be audited annually between July 1-September 1.
- ***The month of May of each school year, you will be required to provide the following for your school to email@example.com and the PE/Health department will contact everyone an email reminder on May 1st of each year.
- Number of students that were excused from your sexual education instruction.
- Sample documentation of the opt-in form that you used.
- Title and copyright of curriculum that was used.
Ohio Department of Education Requirements
Instruction in venereal disease education pursuant to division (A)(5)(c) of section 3313.60 of the Revised Code shall emphasize that abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection that is one hundred per cent effective against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and the sexual transmission of a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
(a) Stress that students should abstain from sexual activity until after marriage;
(b) Teach the potential physical, psychological, emotional, and social side effects of participating in sexual activity outside of marriage;
(c) Teach that conceiving children out of wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society;
(d) Stress that sexually transmitted diseases are serious possible hazards of sexual activity;
(e) Advise students of the laws pertaining to financial responsibility of parents to children born in and out of wedlock;
(f) Advise students of the circumstances under which it is criminal to have sexual contact with a person under the age of sixteen pursuant to section 2907.04 of the Revised Code;
(g) Emphasize adoption as an option for unintended pregnancies.
(2) If a school district or school chooses to offer additional instruction in venereal disease or sexual education not specified in division (C)(1) of this section, the district or school shall notify all parents or guardians of that instruction, including the name of any instructor, vendor name, if applicable, and the name of the curriculum being used. No district or school shall offer that instruction to a student unless that student's parent or guardian has submitted written permission for that student to receive that instruction. Division (E) of this section does not apply to division (C)(2) of this section.
(3) Upon request, a school district or school shall provide any materials associated with the instruction offered under divisions (C)(1) and (2) of this section to a parent or guardian.
(D) The state board of education shall not adopt a separate model education program for health education.
(E) The department shall conduct an annual audit of each city, local, and exempted village school district, at the start of each school year, relative to its compliance with the instruction requirements of this section and division (A)(5)(c) of section 3313.60 of the Revised Code. The department shall publish the findings of each audit not later than one hundred twenty days after the start of the school year. The department shall include in the findings of each audit the name of any organization or program that provided materials to a school district regarding venereal disease instruction. The department's findings shall be prominently posted on its web site.
(F) The superintendent of public instruction shall not approve, pursuant to section 3302.07 of the Revised Code, any waiver of any requirement of this section.
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