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State Policy Information

State Sex Education Policies and Requirements at a Glance

  • North Dakota schools are required to teach sex education
  • Curriculum is not required to be comprehensive.
  • Curriculum must be abstinence-based and identify the health gains associated with abstaining from sexual activity until marriage.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the North Dakota Health Education Content Standards include discussion of sexual orientation in their definition of sexuality.
  • Curriculum is not required to include instruction on consent.
  • North Dakota statute has no standard regarding the ability of parents and guardians to remove their children from sex education instruction.
  • North Dakota has no standard regarding medically accurate sex education instruction.

State Law

As a result of North Dakota Century Code Title 15.1-21-24, beginning July 1, 2012, every school district, both public and non-public, is required to include instruction on abstinence in its health education curriculum. Each school district needs to ensure that the portion of its health curriculum related to sexual health includes instruction pertaining to “the risks associated with adolescent sexual activity and the social, psychological, and physical health gains to be realized by abstaining from sexual activity before and outside of marriage.”

State Profiles provided by SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change. For more information regarding your state’s sex ed policy, visit https://siecus.org/state_profile/north-dakota-state-profile/