Law requires accurate sex education

Published on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 by ara Nelson

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Law requires accurate sex education

By Tara Nelson

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has scheduled a series of workshops to help school personnel to comply with new sex education laws in Washington State.

The new laws are part of the “Healthy Youth Act” a measure that requires sexual health education taught in Washington schools to be medically and scientifically accurate.

The new laws also require sex education programs to emphasize the benefits of abstinence as well as provide instruction on contraception and other effective methods of pregnancy and disease prevention.
The legislation comes after a recent study published in the University of Washington’s Journal of Adolescent Health that found that abstinence-only sexual health education is not an effective approach to teen pregnancy prevention.

To assist school personnel with implementation of the new laws, the OSPI of Washington and the Center for Health Training (CHT) will offer two training workshops for classroom teachers, school administrators and curriculum directors in Bellingham on May 21 and 22.

Other workshops are also scheduled for Spokane on May 7 and 8, as well as in Yakima on May 14 and 15.

The first of these two day workshops were scheduled for SeaTac on March 5 and 6 and were previously sold out.

Fees are $40 for both days or $25 for one day and includes meals and materials. Space is limited and registration can be completed at

For more information, email Joan Helmich at or Pam Tollefsen at