- New Hampshire state law mandates the teaching of sexuality education.
- While sex ed curricula are not required to be comprehensive, the Health Education Curriculum Guidelines state that comprehensive school health education furthers the goal of education and helps lead to a productive society.
- The aforementioned Guidelines emphasize abstinence as the most effective prevention method.
- While sex ed curricula are not required to include instruction on consent, they must include instruction on dating violence and date rape.
- Sex ed curricula are not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Parents or guardians may remove their children from sex education instruction based on religious objections. This is referred to as an “opt-out” policy.
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 New Hampshire profile.