2019 Rhode Island General Laws
Title 16 - Education
Chapter 16-22 Curriculum [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]
Section 16-22-18 Health and family life courses.
§ 16-22-18. Health and family life courses.
(a) Every secondary school teaching courses in family life or sex education within this state shall include, as part of the course instruction, abstinence from sexual activity and refraining from sexual intercourse as the preferred method of pregnancy prevention and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Provided further, part of the course instruction may incorporate age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the law and meaning of consent. Such age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual violence may include instruction that increases student awareness of the fact that consent is required before sexual activity.
(b) Upon written request to the school principal, a pupil not less than eighteen (18) years of age or a parent or legal guardian of a pupil less than eighteen (18) years of age, within a reasonable period of time after the request is made, shall be permitted to examine the curriculum program instruction materials at the school in which his or her child is enrolled.
(c) A parent or legal guardian may exempt his or her child from the program by written directive to the principal of the school. No child so exempted shall be penalized academically by reason of the exemption.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 575, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 84, § 10; P.L. 1996, ch. 400, § 1; P.L. 2018, ch. 116, § 1; P.L. 2018, ch. 191, § 1.)