- Since enacting SB 818, the state of Illinois requires educators to teach comprehensive sex education. Such instruction is required to be age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate, complete, culturally appropriate, inclusive, trauma informed, and replicate evidence-based or evidence-informed programs.
- All sex ed curricula must include instruction on consent.
- Parents or guardians may remove their children from sex ed. This is referred to as an “opt-out” policy.
- Illinois law provides guidelines for family life education courses.
Some Sex Ed Advocates Within the State
For more detailed information on how various districts in the state have been implementing these standards — and for recent legislation — you can read SIECUS’s Illinois profile.