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2012 (Sexual) Health Education Mandates for Illinois

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

In April 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released the 2012 Illinois School Code References in Comprehensive School Health Education and Physical Education

While sex education is still an optional content area in Illinois public schools, there are several mandated topics that are clearly related to sexual and reproductive health, or have sexual and reproductive health implications. If you've read my previous posts, you'll notice that I covered this topic before. However, there is one small change that is worth noting in the 2012 code.

What has changed

Sexual assault awareness, previously mandated for grades 9-12 is now broader in title and grade level. This content area is now referred to as sexual abuse and assault awareness, and is mandated for grades Prek-12.

What hasn't changed

The following topics and designated grade levels remain unchanged in the 2012 Illinois School Code.

  • Abandoned newborn infant protection (Grades K-12)
  • AIDS education (Grades 6-12)
  • Cancer (Grades K-12)
  • Child abduction prevention (Grades K-8)
  • Human growth and development (Grades K-12)
  • Family life (Grades K-12)

For a full list of optional and mandated health education topics from ISBE, check out the ISBE website at Click on "physical education and health mandates updated" in the box on the right side of the page.

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