§ 16-22-18 Health and family life courses. (a) Every secondary school teaching courses in family life or sex education within this state shall include, as part of the course instruction, abstinence from sexual activity and refraining from sexual intercourse as the preferred method of pregnancy prevention and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
(b) Upon written request to the school principal, a pupil not less than eighteen (18) years of age or a parent or legal guardian of a pupil less than eighteen (18) years of age, within a reasonable period of time after the request is made, shall be permitted to examine the curriculum program instruction materials at the school in which his or her child is enrolled.
(c) A parent or legal guardian may exempt his or her child
from the program by written directive to the principal of the school. No child
so exempted shall be penalized academically by reason of the exemption.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 575, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 84, § 10; P.L. 1996, ch. 400, § 1.)