For elementary school students, New York State requires that classroom teachers incorporate comprehensive health lessons into weekly classroom instruction. For both middle and high school students, a semester long daily comprehensive health education course is required, and this course must include sexual health lessons. Sexual health education must be age appropriate, skills-based, and medically accurate.
State law requires HIV/AIDS instruction for every student in grades K-12, every year. Students in grades K-6, students are required to receive five lessons each year. In grades 7-12, students are required to receive six lessons each year.
For information on New York State regulations, laws, and guidance on health education, click here
. For a quick reference on the skills and topics covered in comprehensive health education, recommendations, resources, and information about the parent opt process for some sexual health and HIV/AIDS lessons, see the links below:
Sexual Health Education
Parent Notification Letters
Middle and high schools will send each parent/guardian a notification letter (below) prior to his or her child receiving sexual health lessons as part of comprehensive health education. Parents who have questions about what their child will be learning in school should talk to their principal.
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Translations of the 2018 parent notification letter will be available at the beginning of the school year.
Read the updated New York City Deparment of Eduction HIV/AIDS Curriculum.
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Sample Parent Notification Letters
Letter A: Notifying parents about HIV/AIDS lessons; for grades K-12
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Letter B: Notifying parents about HIV/AIDS and sexual health education; for middle and high schools grades only
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List of Opt Out Prevention Lessons
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