Ensure Policies and Procedures are in Place to Guide and Sustain Sex Education
- School district leadership and sex education implementers review and understand existing policies and procedures that govern the teaching of sex education
- Formal policies are in place that support sex education institutionalization
- Procedures and regulations articulate the school district’s plan and support for sex education institutionalization
With a clear institutionalization plan in place, it is time to ensure that the school district’s guiding documents align and uphold the sex education institutionalization plan. Both the formal policies, such as those passed by a school board, and the informal processes that guide instruction, are important aspects of sex education institutionalization. Without embedding sex education into guidance documents, there are significant risks to initial buy-in and long-term sustainability. For example, teachers may not feel they have sufficient assurances that they are allowed to teach sex education, or after staff turnover the historical knowledge about how and when to implement sex education may be lost. Establishing district policies and guidelines that mandate and support sex education can have an enduring impact.