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Sex Ed by State

Click on a state below to see its laws regarding sex education.


Revised law takes effect June 11, 2020. A new Washington law will require comprehensive sexual health education to all public school students beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.

Sex education must:

  • Be medically and scientifically accurate
  • Be age-appropriate
  • Be inclusive of all students, regardless of their protected class status
  • Include information about:
    • Abstinence
    • Other methods of preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Be age-appropriate
  • Be consistent with:
    • Washington state health and physical education K-12 learning standards
    • January 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention developed by the department of health and the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

Abstinence may not be taught to the exclusion of other materials and instruction on contraceptives and disease prevention.

 Parents may opt their student out of the instruction by written request.

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