Massachusetts Bill Regarding Sex Education in Schools (H 439)
This law was last updated on Nov 13, 2018
H 439 would require every city, town, or regional school district, vocational school district, or charter school that maintains a human sexuality program to adopt and implement a written policy ensuring parental/guardian notification of the programs and their content. The courses would not be mandatory, rather as electives that a parent or guardian may choose to enroll their child in with written consent.
The school would be required to make available instruction materials and related items with adequate advance notice to parents, guardians, educators, school administrators, and others for inspection and review. Parents or guardians would be allowed to monitor its content as well.
The bill allows for teachers, staff members and administrators to opt out of participation if it violates their religious beliefs.
Referred to the Joint Committee on Education.