WEAVE™ Commends Adoption of 2019 CA Health Education Framework
Framework to provide K-12 schools sexual violence prevention education guidance
May 9, 2019
Sacramento, CA – WEAVE™ commends the historic adoption of the 2019 Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools by the State Board of Education so that California K-12 schools can access important sexual violence prevention education guidance as mandated by the California Healthy Youth Act. The California Department of Education (CDE) contracted with WEAVE to provide portions of the framework related to healthy relationships, dating violence, healthy boundaries, gender socialization, consent, sexual assault, and sex trafficking.
“We are so grateful to our partners at CDE for providing an opportunity to contribute on this important work, and to the State Board of Education for voting to adopt the 2019 California Health Education Framework,” said Beth Hassett, CEO, WEAVE™. “Now, administrators and educators across the state can access guidance to help them navigate sensitive subject matter and incorporate prevention efforts into the classroom.”
Over the last three years, WEAVE™ has worked with the CDE to review and revise the California Health Education Framework and served as primary writers for the Framework’s content on healthy relationships, dating violence, healthy boundaries, gender socialization, consent, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. The material written by WEAVE was developed so that the Framework is in line with California’s Health Education Standards as well as state law, including the California Healthy Youth Act.
“We are proud to have contributed to the Framework not only because it will provide critical prevention education and support to educators in delivery of sensitive content, but it has the potential to create school communities that promote inclusion and healthy relationships throughout our state,” said Brittany Bray, Prevention and Education Manager, WEAVE™.
In this new iteration of the Framework, students will learn healthy boundaries and concepts of consent as early as kindergarten. The age-appropriate content builds upon that foundation to provide comprehensive education that specifically addresses issues of sexual violence in higher grade levels. In addition to prevention education, the Framework provides specific information related to sex trafficking and how schools can recognize and respond to potential trafficking situations.
“We are excited that the State Board of Education has voted to adopt the Framework. It has been an incredible experience being part of this process and we’re grateful that we could contribute to this important document,” said Jaime Gerigk, Chief Program Officer of Counseling and Outreach, WEAVE™.
With the adoption of the Framework, WEAVE™ is looking forward to continuing to support schools in Sacramento County and beyond.
To learn more about the 2019 California Health Education Framework, visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr19/yr19rel33.asp. For more information about WEAVE’s Prevention and Education programming visit www.weaveinc.org.
WEAVE’s mission is to build a community that does not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assault and provides survivors with the support they need to be safe and thrive. WEAVE provides 24/7 crisis intervention services for victims and school and community based education. Incorporated in 1978, WEAVE is Sacramento County’s oldest and most comprehensive provider of services for victims of domestic violence and sole Rape Crisis Center. For more information, go to www.weaveinc.org.
Caity Heim, Communications Manager, WEAVE™
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