The nonprofit said it has addressed all "minor modifications" identified through the review, which is posted on the Health Connected's website.
Teen Talk uses interactive activities, group discussions and homework assignments in 12 sessions over the course of two to three weeks.
"I understand some young people will experiment and believe information is important …
Previously, districts were only mandated to provide HIV-prevention education in middle and high school, though middle school science teachers in Palo Alto Unified said they have long taught their own sexual-health curriculum.
Using a single curriculum -- Health Connected's -- "ensure(s) consistency of information to all students" and compliance with the updated law, the district said in a statement.
The state agency, along with public and adolescent health experts, did conduct a review of 11 middle and high school sex-education programs across the state, including Health Connected, to determine their compliance with the new legal requirements.
The review found no "major" compliance issues with Health Connected's programs.
In response to parent concerns about the specific scenarios activity, Health Connected decided not to offer it at Jordan.
Parents also took issue with the fact that Teen Talk asks students to define three types of sex — vaginal, oral and anal — as part of a lesson on abstinence.
Palo Alto Unified middle school students learned about human reproduction, abstinence and healthy relationships this spring in a new sex-education program that now has some of their parents threatening legal action if the school district doesn't take steps to address what they say is age-inappropriate, graphic and even harmful content.
The Palo Alto school district asked Redwood City nonprofit Health Connected, which has for about six years trained the high schools' Living Skills teachers as well as district nurses in sexual health education, to teach its curriculum to seventh-graders this year.
(The 10-hour program has already been taught to seventh-graders at Terman and JLS and is still in process at Jordan Middle School.) The school district maintains Health Connected's curriculum is necessary, both for the district's legal compliance and for students' education and well-being and does not intend to stop teaching it this year.
Parents have been informed since before Teen Talk started that they have the option to opt out of some or all of the curriculum.
"It actually prevents the behavior." But petitioning parents disagree.