Conejo Valley parents able to “opt-out” of sexual health instruction

By Michael Hernandez


THOUSAND OAKS—CVUSD Superintendent Mark McLaughlin released a statement at the June 19th school district board meeting in regards to the 2019 health education curriculum framework released (May 8) by the California Department of Education.

“The 2019 health education curriculum framework was released by the California Department of Education and approved by the State Board of Education in May of 2019 and is neither a curriculum nor a mandate.  The district will work alongside teachers and administration to update the materials based on the California Healthy Youth Act prior to any comprehensive sexual health and HIV/AIDS instruction (in grades 7-12),” said Supt. McLaughlin.

“All families will be notified that instructional materials are available for preview.  All families will have the opportunity to opt their child out of  comprehensive sexual health and HIV/AIDS instruction.  Please   note that this opportunity to opt out with the ed code listed is a new practice within CVUSD, as we have always done an opt in.”


(Editor’s Note:  To see the full sexual health instruction statement issued by CVUSD Superintendent Mark McLaughlin see Conejo Valley Observer link at:

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 25 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].

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