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Yes, the California Health Youth Act makes it clear that parents can opt their children out of comprehensive sex education. According to the law, “The legislature recognizes that while parents and guardians overwhelmingly support medically accurate, comprehensive sex education, parents and guardians have the ultimate responsibility for imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children.” School districts are required to notify parents/guardians a minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of comprehensive sexual health instruction. To opt-out of this instruction, parents/guardians must request in writing that their child not participate in the instruction. If the parent/guardian does not request in writing that the child be withheld, the child will attend the instruction (EC § 51938[a]).