Ri schools required to teach about dating violence
Rhode Island, provide clear and detailed state standards that address aspects of sexual health and clearly categorize topic areas by age group.
State sex education standards in public schools vary widely.
In 2009, years before New Jersey’s revised state standards and the California Healthy Youth Act, Oregon set a high bar by implementing standards that require comprehensive sex education in public schools.
The law emphasizes “the characteristics of the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of a healthy relationship” and uses language that stresses consent, such as “mutually monogamous relationships”; includes instruction on how to “communicate relational, sexual and reproductive boundaries”; and encourages students to have more open conversations about sexuality and identity and to respond to sexual violence.
Each policy had to include the following elements: School districts must publish the policy in their student handbooks, inform parents and guardians of the policy, and provide them with copies of the policy upon request.
Districts also must verify compliance with the act in the annual school health report submitted to the Department of Education.