In 2009, The North Carolina General Assembly amended North Carolina's law addressing sexuality education to offer more complete health and safety information. Passed as the Healthy Youth Act, the law makes significant changes to GS 115C-81 which governs Reproductive Health and Safety Education included in Healthful Living Education. The Healthy Youth Act requires Reproductive Health and Safety Education for students in grades 7, 8 and 9, unless a parent or guardian withdraws the student from instruction.
Students in grades 7, 8 and 9 will receive Reproductive Health and Safety Education. This instruction will include information on abstinence from sexual activity and its benefits; STD transmission, risks, consequences and prevention; FDA-approved contraceptive methods; and information regarding sexual assault, sexual abuse and risk reduction. Instructional materials are available for review in the school's media center. If you wish to withdraw your child from all or part of this instruction, please inform the principal in writing.