SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL / KGET) – The new year means new rules for California education systems across the state.
From 2022, colleges and high schools that offer at least one health education course must also start to integrate mental health into these courses.
Driven by concerns of a pandemic youth mental health crisis, lawmakers hope the program will help students identify signs and symptoms of mental illness and empower them to seek help.
Another new state law allows mental and behavioral health to be considered a ground for excused absence for children between the ages of 6 and 18.
A separate law requires community colleges this upcoming school year to offer ethnic studies classes on each of their campuses. The courses will be compulsory from the school year 2024-2025.
The new year also marks the start of the California high school clock to offer ethnic studies starting in the 2025-2026 school year and making it a graduation requirement for high school students graduating in 2029-2030.
Another new law requires all public schools in California to stock free menstrual products for students in grades six and up. This rule also applies to California State University schools and all community college districts.