In August 2021, Governor Pritzker signed two bills into law implementing new mandates on sex education in K-12 schools beginning with the 2022-23 school year.
The new standards are taken from the National Sex Education Standards, developed by nationwide progressive groups. Illinois is the first state to adopt these standards as is. The standards can be found here . They are broken down by age, beginning with kindergarten, on page 20.
State law does give parents the right to OPT-OUT of having their child participate in this new curriculum by sending a notice to their local school in writing:
“No student shall be required to take or participate in any class or course in comprehensive personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education. A student’s parent or guardian may opt the student out of comprehensive personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education by submitting the request in writing. Refusal to take or participate in such a course or program may not be a reason for disciplinary action, academic penalty, suspension, or expulsion or any other sanction of a student.” (See 105 ILCS 5/27-9.1d)
If you wish to opt your child out, click here for a standard form as well as a list of local school principals.