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Sexual Health Education

The CPS sexual health education curriculum builds a foundation of knowledge and skills for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

To help students make informed decisions and safe choices, the CPS curriculum covers topics such as human development, healthy relationships, decision making, abstinence, contraception, and disease prevention. 

The CPS Sexual Health Education Policy requires:

  • Schools must teach sexual health education every year (300 minutes/year in k through fourth grade and 675 minutes/year in fifth through 12th grades).
  • Every school must have two trained instructors who have completed the District's instructor training.
  • The CPS curriculum is medically accurate, age appropriate, and comprehensive. It is also aligned with the National Sexuality Education Standards.
  • Schools must provide at least three forms of notification—at least one in writing—to inform parents/guardians that instruction will take place. Per Illinois state law, parents/guardians have the right to opt out their children.
  • CPS views parents/guardians as the primary educators of their children for sexual health.

Sexual Health Education Resources

  • CPS Sexual Health Education Policy [ English  |  Spanish ]
  • Sexual Health Education Overview [ English  |  Spanish ]
  • Scope and Sequence of Sexual Health Education [ English ]
  • Sexual Health Curriculum Connection Parent Letter [ English ]
  • Sexual Health Curriculum Connection One-pager [ English ]
  • Sexual Health Curriculum Connection [ English ]
  • CPS Sexual Health Education for Parents [ English ]

Student Health and Wellness

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Chicago, IL 60602