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Nevada: Did You Know?

Did you know that Nevada requires parental consent in order for students to participate in sex education?

Nevada is one of just three states – along with Arizona and Utah – that require parental consent for sex education. In order for students in Nevada to attend a course that provides crucial information about AIDS, STIs, and “the human reproductive system,” their school district must obtain written consent from a parent or guardian. Furthermore, before the course, all instructional materials to be used must be available for parents to “inspect.”

Although sex education – including instruction on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – is mandated by the state of Nevada, only instruction concerning AIDS must be “factual”;  no such restriction applies to sex education relating to STIs and “sexual responsibility.”

SIECUS. State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States (2009), at http://siecus.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=487&parentID=478 (last visited on January 11, 2011).


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