Making the Case
In 2013, 47.5% of high school students reported having sex.* Nine out of 10 South Carolina registered voters think time spent on sex education in public schools should remain the same or increase. Half of those surveyed want more time spent covering the topic. **
South Carolina law requires comprehensive sex education in public schools.
South Carolina passed the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) in 1988 to ensure that students receive an age-appropriate, comprehensive education program. This law stresses local control of content—meaning each district must use a 13 member committee, appointed by the district, to assist in the selection of instruction materials.
What material is required to be taught?
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I’m a teacher. What am I NOT allowed to do and say when teaching comprehensive sex education?
The CHEA includes several restrictions for instruction. If you are a teacher or school administrator, you cannot:
- talk about alternative lifestyles outside of heterosexual relationships.
- distribute contraception on school grounds or allow a health provider to do so.
- provide information or counseling regarding abortion.
- show films or other materials that contain actual or portrayed sexual activities or intercourse.
Learn more about the Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA). Download
Which programs have been used in South Carolina public schools? Check out Evidence-Based Programs for Schools.
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Get school leadership involved! Learn more about how schools can support young people in making smart decisions about their sexual health.
*SC Department of Education, 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data
**Alton F. South Carolina Speaks 2004. Columbia, SC: South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. 2004.