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Student Health and Health Education

Health Education

Oxnard Union High School District requires a 1 semester/trimester health course for graduation. The course is centered on the California Department of Educations Health  Education Standards, and Education Code requirements, including EC §51930 – EC §51939, and (# for CPR/AED).

This course covers basic health facts and issues facing today’s society.  The specific purpose of this course is to equip students with health information and thinking skills required for survival and success in modern society.  There is an emphasis on essential health information, techniques for acquiring additional health information, decision-making, and the application of the thinking skills to life issues.   The full course description can be viewed here.

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

California Healthy Youth Act / Sex & HIV/AIDS Instruction (Grades 7-12)

EC §51930 – EC §51939

The purpose of the California Healthy Youth Act (Education Codes 51930 through 51939) is to provide every student with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The Oxnard Union High School District will provide instruction in comprehensive sexual health education, HIV/AIDS prevention education, and/or will conduct assessments on pupil health behaviors and risks in the coming school year. Parents or guardians may:

  1. Inspect the written and audiovisual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education;
  2. Request in writing that their child does not receive comprehensive sexual health or HIV/AIDS prevention education;
  3. Request a copy of Education Codes 51930 through 51939;
  4. Be informed whether the comprehensive sexual health or HIV/AIDS prevention education will be taught by district personnel or outside consultants; and
  5. When the district chooses to use outside consultants or to hold an assembly with guest speakers to teach comprehensive sexual health or HIV/AIDS prevention education, to be informed of:
  6. The date of the instruction
  7. The name of the organization or affiliation of each guest speaker

Be Real. Be Ready. Smart Sexuality Education

The District has selected a program called Be Real. Be Ready. Smart Sexuality Education and parents may preview the material on the Be Real. Be Ready. Smart Sexuality Education website. 

Teachers will notify parents prior to presenters or guest speakers regarding the topic to be covered and the affiliation of the speaker who will be presenting information related to the California Healthy Youth Act Sexual Education Program.

The District may administer to students in grades 9 through 12 anonymous, voluntary, and confidential research and evaluation instruments, including tests and surveys, containing age-appropriate questions about their attitudes or practices relating to sex. Prior to administering such a research and evaluation instrument, parents/guardians shall be provided written notice of the administration. Parents/guardians shall be given an opportunity to review the research instrument and to request in writing that their child not participate.

Sexual Abuse / Sex Trafficking Prevention / Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention

EC §51900.6 and EC §51950 Parents/guardians will be notified of any instruction which includes topics related to sexual abuse, sexual assault awareness prevention, or sex trafficking prevention education. Parents may submit a written request to excuse their child from participation in these classes.

The Be Real Be Ready, Smart Sexuality Education, does contain lessons on sexual abuse, sexual assault awareness prevention, and sex trafficking prevention education, that will be taught at the teacher’s discretion.

Students not participating in the CYHA lessons will not have their grades penalized and will be given Health Corp-Alternative Lessons or teachers may assign an alternative curriculum tailored to suit student needs.

Link to Parent Letter

CYHA on Department of Ed site

OUHSD Board Policy 6000 Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction

OUHSD Student/Parent Handbook

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs- Prevention Education

Students are provided ATOD prevention education in their health class with the TND Project: Towards No Drugs curriculum TND information as well as valuable information from the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit.

Student Health Resources

District Wellness Policy

Crisis Intervention Resources

OUHSD Student Resources

Who do you call?

Each school site has trained professionals who can help our students navigate life issues.

Please contact your school site office for help in locating each site’s student support staff:

  • Attendance Adviser
  • Counselor
  • Peer Resource Adviser
  • Peer to Peer Counseling
  • School Nurses
  • School Nutrition Services
  • School Psychologist
  • Student Intervention Specialist
  • Special Programs Counselors

Community Health and Wellness Resources

The first choice should be to go to your primary care physician/ pediatrician who knows your health needs best. Clinics are an alternative place for those who choose not to go to their primary doctors because of different reasons, including protected health information concerns.

This list of resources is provided for information only and is not an endorsement for any particular service or provider.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices


School Meal Programs

Free and Reduced Breakfast/Lunch Programs

Daily menus are posted on the Nutrition Services daily menu webpage.

All our menus follow strict requirements for calories, saturated fat, sugar, sodium and whole grains outlined in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) with a variety of menu items offered including salads and vegetarian options daily.

Supper Club Programs

The Supper Program is open to children ages of 1 year to 18 years old. The program begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and runs through June 14, 2019 (Monday through Friday). Supper is served after school.  Schools participating in the Supper Program are: CIHS, HHS, OHS, PHS, and RMHS.

Farm to School

Our Farm to School Program is designed for the students, by our students.  Each school has a Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC), an organization that collaborates with the Nutrition Services Department to ensure that students have access to good quality, fresh, and locally grown produce each day.  The Student Nutrition Advisory Councils (SNAC) at each school site are led by students, supported by faculty, staff, and the Nutrition Services Department. SNAC collects feedback through surveys, taste testing events, and social media that Nutrition Services uses to plan our menu.  SNAC promotes health and wellness on campus through events and awareness campaigns. SNAC also creates and maintains school gardens that provide fruits and vegetables for our cafeterias. For more information visit the Farm to School website.

Other Meal Services

Substance Abuse
Nicotine/ Smoking Cessation