Status Summary

2020 SESSION By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status and placed on third reading by Rules Committee on 1.13.20. Passed in the Senate on third reading on 1.22.2020. First reading in the House, referred to Education on 1.23.2020. Public hearing in the House Committee on Education on 2.20.2020. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Education on 2.27.2020. Referred to Rules 2 Review on 2.28.2020. Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 3.2.2020. Committee amendment(s) adopted with no other amendments. Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading and passed on 3.4.2020. IN THE SENATE: Senate concurred in House amendments. Passed final passage on 3.7.2020. President signed on 3.10.2020. IN THE HOUSE: Speaker signed on 3.11.2020. OTHER THAN LEGISLATIVE ACTION. Delivered to Governor on 3.12.2020. (updated 3.13.2020) 

Legislative Session






This bill requires that every public school in Washington provides comprehensive sexual health education consistent with state health and physical education K-12 learning standards, including evidence-informed and inclusive of all students regardless of their protected class statues.  The curriculum must be skills-based and includes both abstinence and other methods of preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, promoting healthy relationships based on mutual respect and affection and free from violence, coercion, and intimidation; how to identify and respond to attitudes and behaviors that contribute to sexual violence; and emphasizes the importance of affirmative consent.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction must develop these comprehensive sexual health education instructional materials and make them available on the OSPI website by September 1, 2019.  Public schools must then use curriculum that complies. 

Parents/legal guardians can have their child(ren) excused from comprehensive sexual education by filing a written request to the principal or school board.


Companion Bill