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Health Curriculum and Standards

The Oregon City School District is proud to partner with families to develop healthy students. A variety of topics are included in the newest health standards. Students will build skills for health and wellness through age appropriate lessons at each grade level. Families are expected and encouraged to share their values with their children as they relate to health education topics. Families that prefer to teach some of these topics at home will have the opportunity to opt out of some health lessons. Information on our new standards, curriculum, process, and who to contact with questions is outlined below. Thank you for working with us to support your child's learning.

State of Oregon Health Standards

Aligned to national standards, Oregon’s health standards and benchmarks support health, wellbeing, and safety of students. The Human Sexuality Education law (2009); the Healthy Teen Relationship Act (2013); and most recently, SB 856 Child Sexual Abuse prevention (2015) collectively contribute to the Oregon Department of Education’s (ODE) Human Sexuality OAR and sexual health benchmarks and standards. Comprehensive Oregon Health Standards

Comprehensive Sexuality Health Plan

Based on the Oregon State Health Education Standards, the Oregon City School District (OCSD) Comprehensive Sexuality Education Plan reflects science-based research emphasizing the teaching of functional health knowledge. This plan supports students in developing the essential health skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain a lifetime of good health and wellness. The plan was approved by the Oregon City School Board on June 11th, 2018 during regular session.  To view the plan, click here.

Copies of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education standards, the curriculum textbooks, and/or other materials are available for public review and have gone through a process prior to the school board approval for purchasing. Some of these materials are available at your child’s school or online, so please check with your principal and/or child’s teacher first.

For more information visit the State of Oregon’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education Guidelines. For more information about the implementation of these guidelines with students in special education review this additional resource. Click here for a list of standards by grade in English and for K-12 standards in Spanish and Russian.

School Board Communication

Parent & Community Forums

The Oregon City School District engaged parents and community members during the adoption process through a series of meetings in the winter and spring of 2018. The following presentation was used at each community meeting and is provided here (PDF in English, Russian and Spanish).

  • January 9, 2018 - Hispanic Parent Advisory Committee 7:00pm Barclay School
  • February 1, 2018 - Candy Lane Elementary School 6:30pm/Jennings Lodge Elementary School 6:30pm (presentation in Spanish only)
  • February 6, 2018 - Holcomb Elementary School 6:00pm​
  • March 1, 2018 - Redland Elementary School 6:30pm
  • March 6, 2018 - Gaffney Lane Elementary School 6:00pm
  • ​March 7, 2018 - McLoughlin Elementary School 6:30pm
  • March 8, 2018 - Ogden Middle School 7:00pm
  • ​March 13, 2018 - Gardiner Middle School 6:30pm
  • March 14, 2018 - High School Parents- Oregon City High Library 7:00pm

Fall 2018 Curriculum Information Nights

Elementary curriculum nights will include information on all subjects, including the adopted health curriculum. The adopted health curriculum will be available for parents to review.

  • September 25, 2018         
    • Jennings Lodge Elementary School, 5:30 PM
    • Candy Lane Elementary School, 6:00 PM
  • September 26, 2018       
    • Holcomb Elementary School, 5:00 PM
  • September 27, 2018         
    • McLoughlin Elementary School, 5:00 PM
    • Gaffney Lane Elementary School, 6:00 PM
    • Redland Elementary School, 6:00 PM
    • Beavercreek Elementary School, 6:30 PM         
  • November 1, 2018
    • Ogden Middle School, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (6:00 PM for 7th graders & 6:45 PM for 8th graders)
  • November 15, 2018
    • Gardiner Middle School, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (6:00 PM for 7th graders & 6:45 PM for 8th graders)

Adopted Curriculum

The following comprehensive health curriculum materials were adopted by the Oregon City School District Board on June 11th, 2018 during regular session:

Elementary Curriculum: Great Body Shop & Second Step (K & 3rd Grade only). 

  • Parents will receive an online link to a Family Bulletin prior to each unit of instruction . 
  • Teacher Edition available for viewing at Oregon City Public Schools District Office. 

Middle School: Glencoe Teen Health. 

  • Teacher Edition available for viewing at Oregon City Public Schools District Office. 

High School: Goodheart-Wilcox Comprehensive Health 2nd Edition. 

  • Teacher Edition available for viewing at Oregon City Public Schools District Office


For questions about state law, policy, standards, and the legislative process relating to the Oregon Health Standards, contact:

Ely Sanders, Oregon Department of Education
Sexual Health and School Health Specialist
Email:   Phone: 503-947-5904

For questions about the curriculum adoption process and district policy regarding instruction, materials, the communication timeline, or the opt out process, contact:

Kyle Laier, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
Sara Deboy, Associate Director of Teaching and Learning

Oregon Department of Education Online Resources including Grade Level Standards

CDC National Standards for Health Education:

Erin’s Law:

Elementary Health Curriculum Parent Communication Timeline

September 17 Unit 1 Parent Communication - English
Unit 1 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 1 Parent Communication - Russian
September 17 - October 2 Parent Review Period
October 1 - 19 Unit 1 Instruction
October 22 Unit 2 Parent Communication - English
Unit 2 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 2 Parent Communication - Russian
October 22- November 2 Parent Review Period
November 5-16 Unit 2 Instruction
November 19 Unit 3 Parent Communication - English
Unit 3 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 3 Parent Communication - Russian
November 19 - November 30 Parent Review Period
December 3 - 14 Unit 3 Instruction
December 17 Unit 4 Parent Communication - English
Unit 4 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 4 Parent Communication - Russian
December 17 - January 7 Parent Review Period 
January 8 - January 18 Unit 4 Instruction
January 22 Unit 5 Parent Communication - English
Unit 5 Opt Out - English
Unit 5 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 5 Opt Out - Spanish
Unit 5 Parent Communication - Russian
Unit 5 Opt Out - Russian
January 22 - February 4 Parent Review Period
February 5 - February 14 Unit 5 Instruction
February 19 Unit 6 Parent Communication - English
Unit 6 Opt Out - English
Unit 6 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 6 Opt Out - Spanish
Unit 6 Parent Communication - Russian
Unit 6 Opt Out - Russian
February 19 - March 1 Parent Review Period
March 4 - March 15 Unit 6 Instruction
March 18 Unit 7 Parent Communication - English
Unit 7 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 7 Parent Communication - Russian
March 18 - March 29 Parent Review Period
April 1 - April 19 Unit 7 Instruction
April 22 Unit 8 Parent Communication - English
Unit 8 Opt Out - English
Unit 8 Parent Communication - Spanish
Unit 8 Opt Out - Spanish
Unit 8 Parent Communication - Russian
Unit 8 Opt Out - Russian
April 22 - May 3 Parent Review Period
May 6 - May 17 Unit 8 Instruction

Teacher Guidelines for Handling Sensitive Topics

For sensitive topics, teachers should only address clarifications to the curriculum, not subject matter that extends beyond lesson plans . Questions should be addressed in age-appropriate, medically accurate ways, aligned with the adopted curriculum. Supplemental health curriculum and materials will not be added. Some questions will be referred to counselors or addressed privately, such as when a student discloses information that creates a safety concern.

Opt Out Process

At the elementary level, Units 5, 6, & 8 contain what might be considered sensitive topics for some families, most of which are related to the implementation of Erin’s Law.  Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade ​in all Oregon public schools. Topics also include communicable diseases, HIV/AIDs, and gender identity.

Parents will need to actively opt out as opposed to giving permission for students to participate.  Participation is assumed in accordance with state law and Oregon Health Standards. OCSD strongly advises parents to review the adopted materials prior to making the decision to opt their students out of Units 5, 6, or 8.  Materials are available at the district office for preview at any time.  Opt out forms will be attached to the parent communication associated with Units 5, 6, and 8.  

At the middle level, Health Teachers will send out a parent communication at the beginning of each trimester with an overview of the syllabus, including a list of all topics that are covered.  In addition to this, parent communication will be sent out throughout the trimester with reminders and specific information related to topics that may be considered sensitive by some families.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend curriculum nights for additional information and for the opportunity to review all adopted materials.