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Petaluma City Schools |  BP  6142.2  Instruction

AIDS Prevention Instruction   

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The Board of Education recognizes that Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) pose a public health crisis and that education is a necessary component for helping to slow the spread of this disease.

(cf. 5141.22 - Infectious Diseases)

(cf. 5141.23 - Infectious Disease Prevention)

Staff members or others who present HIV/AIDS prevention instruction shall be adequately trained and have periodic inservice opportunities to remain knowledgeable of new prevention education techniques and new developments in the scientific understanding of HIV/AIDS.

Other staff members and parents/guardians also shall have access to HIV/AIDS information in order to reinforce universal precautions and to present consistent messages and attitudes to students.

(cf. 4119.43/4219.43/4319.43 - Universal Precautions)

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

(cf. 6142.1 - Family Life/Sex Education)

At the beginning of the school year, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the parent/guardian of each student with written notice, pursuant to law and administrative regulation, explaining the purpose of the AIDS prevention instruction. (Education Code 48980, 51201.5)

This notice shall specify that a parent/guardian may request that his/her child not receive instruction in AIDS prevention. (Education Code 51201.5)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

The Superintendent or designee shall inform parents/guardians of their right to inspect all instructional materials related to HIV/AIDS instruction, and shall provide opportunities for inspection of materials before they are presented to students. (Education Code 51550)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

A student shall not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction if the student's parent/guardian declines to permit the student to receive AIDS prevention instruction, and the student does not receive the instruction. (Education Code 51201.5, 51554, 51555)

An alternative educational activity shall be made available to students whose parents/guardians have requested that they not receive AIDS prevention instruction. The alternative educational activity shall occur while the AIDS prevention instruction is being delivered. (Education Code 51201.5, 51554, 51555)

Legal Reference:


48980 Notice at beginning of term

51201.5 AIDS prevention instruction

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and restricted dangerous drugs

51229.8 Inservice training for providers of AIDS prevention instruction

51240 Excuse from health instruction and family life and sex education due to religious beliefs

51550 Sex education courses

51553 Sex education classes: course criteria

51554 Parent notification; sex education courses

51555 Parent notification in grades K-6; sex education courses

51820 Venereal disease instruction

Management Resources:


Health Framework for California Public Schools, 1994


Saving Lives: AIDS Issues for California Schools, 1994



NSBA AIDS Education and School Health Program: services/federation/hivweb.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health:


adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California