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State Policy Information

State Sex Education Policies and Requirements at a Glance

  • Montana schools are required to teach sex education.
  • Curriculum is not required to be comprehensive.
  • Montana statue has no standard regarding abstinence instruction.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on consent.
  • Montana statute has no standard regarding the ability of parents and guardians to remove their children from sex education instruction.

State Law

Montana Code Annotated § 20-2-121 requires the board of public education to adopt content standards for school districts to follow in their curriculum development, and Administrative Rule 10.55.905 states that “health enhancement” is a required subject for graduation. Montana Administrative Rule §§ 10.53.101 requires schools to use the content standards for the health enhancement graduation requirement. Administrative Rules §§ 10.53.701-709 codify the health content standards into law. Montana does not require parental permission for students to participate in sex education or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) education, nor does it say whether parents or guardians may remove their children from such classes.

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