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 in grades PK-12, providing all lessons and topics as outlined in the sexual health education scope and sequence.
- Every school must have two trained instructors who have completed the District's sexual health education instructor training. Schools that have a diverse learner student population must have at least one Special Education instructor trained by the District.
- 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.
- CPS Sexual Health Education Policy [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
- Scope and Sequence of Sexual Health Education [ ENGLISH | SPANISH | POLISH | CHINESE | URDU | ARABIC | VIETNAMESE | UKRAINIAN | TAGALOG ]
- Sexual Health Policy Implementation Guidance [ ENGLISH ]
- CPS Sexual Health Education for Parents [ ENGLISH ]
- Parent Resource: Talking with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships and Sexuality