2022-2023 Sexual Health Education

Sexual Health Education

CPS provides age-appropriate, medically accurate, and comprehensive sexual health education to students in grades PreK-12. The purpose of this education is to build a foundation of knowledge and skills for all students so that they can make the right choices for themselves now and the future.

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The CPS sexual health education curriculum is aligned with the National Sex Education Standards. Topics and skills include consent and healthy relationships, anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent sexual development, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and identity, sexual health, and interpersonal violence prevention.

Sexual Health Policies and Laws

In accordance with the CPS Sexual Health Education Policy:

  • Schools teach sexual health education in grades PK-12, providing all lessons, topics, and skills outlined in the sexual health education scope and sequence.
  • Schools can bring in outside, pre-approved organizations to provide sexual health education.
  • The CPS curriculum is medically accurate, age appropriate, and comprehensive. It is also aligned with the National Sexuality Education Standards and Erin’s Law.
  • The curriculum is LGBTQ+ inclusive.
  • CPS views parents/guardians as the primary educators of their children for sexual health.
  • The sexual health curriculum is not available to the public. Parents can view the scope and sequence here: Scope and Sequence of Sexual Health Education [ ENGLISH | SPANISH | POLISH | CHINESE | URDU | ARABIC | VIETNAMESE | UKRAINIAN | TAGALOG ]

Illinois Laws on Sexual Health Education

CPS’s curriculum is in line with the Illinois law Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act, Illinois Public Act 102-0552. Signed into law  in August 2021, this act requires that when sexual health education is taught, it must be in alignment with the National Sex Education Standards, and include information on healthy relationships, anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent sexual development, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and identity, sexual health, and interpersonal violence. The law also requires that instruction be medically accurate, age and developmentally appropriate, culturally appropriate, trauma informed, and inclusive of LGBTQIA+ and pregnant/parenting youth. The law requires that instruction be medically accurate, age and developmentally appropriate, trauma informed, and inclusive of LGBTQIA+ and pregnant/parenting youth.

CPS’s curriculum is in line with Erin’s Law, or Illinois Public Act 097-1147, which requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. The law requires that schools annually teach children to recognize child sexual abuse, equip them with skills to reduce their vulnerability, and encourage them to report abuse.

Sexual Health Education Resources

Parent/Guardian Resources