Family Life Education

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2020 Family Life Education Standards of Learning

The Virginia Board of Education has approved the Family Life Education Board of Education Guidelines and Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools. The revised Guidelines incorporate changes to Code of Virginia § 22.1-207.1 and § 22.1-207.1:1 resulting from 2018 and 2019 legislation.


Virginia's standards for family life education provide a comprehensive, sequential K-12 curriculum. They include age-appropriate instruction in family living and community relationships, abstinence education, the value of postponing sexual activity, the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy, human sexuality and human reproduction. Instruction is designed to promote parental involvement, foster positive self concepts and provide mechanisms for coping with peer pressure and the stresses of modern living according to the students' developmental stages and abilities. Parents have the right to review the complete family life curricula, including all supplemental materials used in any family life education program.

Standards of Learning

Although there is no applicable SOL test associated with family life instruction, the SOLs are intended to provide school divisions with standards and guidelines to instruct students on a variety of issues including family and community relationships, mental health, responsibility and disease prevention.

Standards of Learning for Family Life - Adopted 2020
 Course Standards of Learning  Curriculum Framework
 All Family Life Word  NA

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Requesting Training

School divisions can request Family Life Education training by contacting Vanessa Wigand by email at, or by phone at (804) 225-3300.