Growth and Development Overview
At OUSD, we provide numerous programs and services, including Growth and Development Education and access to Sexual Health Services, which are available free for all Oakland Unified students.
Oakland Unified School District’s Growth and Development programming is in accordance with the 2016 California Healthy Youth Act, effective January 1, 2016.
It's been five years since OUSD launched the Health Oakland Teens project, consisting of exemplary sexual health education, safe and supportive environments, and sexual health services. Read about our IMPACT here.
Community Schools Staff on Sex Ed Week
Sexual Health Education
Student Working on Healthy Relationships Module
OUSD provides five approved lessons taught in Science in the 6th grade and ten approved lessons taught in Science classes in the 7th grade.
6th Grade Puberty Health lessons cover:
Puberty Changes & Sexual Health Systems
Menstruation & Pregnancy
Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
7th Grade Comprehensive Sexuality Education lessons cover:
Pregnancy & Contraception
Access & Care
HIV & STI Prevention
Sexuality & Gender Identity
Healthy Relationships & Communication
OUSD provides 10 approved lessons taught in Science and ELA classes in the 9th grade.
Science lessons cover:
Sexual Health Anatomy
Sexuality & Human Behavior
Pregnancy and STIs: Symptoms, Impacts & Care
Safer Sex: Methods & Proper Use
Reducing Risk & Responsible Decision-Making
English Language Arts lessons cover:
Healthy Relationships & Communication
Gender, Identity & Sexual Orientation
Communicating About Sex: Boundaries & Consent
Legal Rights & Accessing Resources
If you would like to see a copy of the Healthy Oakland Teens curriculum, please click here to fill out a request. We will get back to you within two weeks.
For more information, contact:
Ilsa Bertolini, Program Manager, Sexual Health Education
Oakland’s 16 School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs), serving most of OUSD's middle and high school students, are a partnership between OUSD, Alameda County, the City of Oakland and community-based organizations. Each OUSD middle and high school without an on-site school based health center has a designated Referral Coordinator. Referral Coordinators work closely with Health and Wellness staff to identify safe routes to the nearest youth-friendly clinics using public transportation and walking. Referral Coordinators are familiar with California state law, including Minor Consent Rights to confidential sexual health services and students’ rights to leave school to receive those services.
For more information, contact:
Minor Consent in California
Minors 12 years of age and older have the right to consent to medical care as it relates to the prevention or treatment of pregnancy and diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections without parental consent.
Under California Law, minors 12 years and older have the right to leave during the school day to seek confidential medical services, including sexual health services.
Sexual Health Advisory Committee
OUSD Community Schools and Student Services’ Sexual Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)
The Sexual Health Advisory Committee is an advisory board to Oakland Unified School District, Community Schools and Student Services, made up of OUSD parents, teachers, staff, and community partner organizations.
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) meets 3-4 times per school year and makes recommendations to the Community Schools and Student Services Department to follow best practices in sexual health education while maintaining compliance with state laws and local community priorities.
The specific functions of the OUSD SHAC are to support the five components to the Healthy Oakland Teens program:
- Exemplary Sexual Health Education (ESHE) for middle and high school students
- Improving access to Sexual Health Services (SHS)
- Creating Safe and Supportive Environments (SSE) for LGBTQ students.
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Profiles survey
- Policy review and implementation
Tasks may include opportunities to:
- Create an organized dialogue between students, parents, administration and partners about student sexual health and counseling needs.
- Provide program and service support and consultation.
- Review lessons and support materials used in the classroom.
- Support OUSD staff to internal (School Board, Department heads, etc.) and external (community leaders, policymakers, media, etc.) stakeholders as needed.
- Assist with evaluation of the Healthy Oakland Teens curriculum, as well as demonstration of impact.
- Assess emerging student issues and keep OUSD administrators connected to student life and community norms.
- Monitor statistics on middle and high school student sexual activity and provide guidance on curriculum adjustments and enhancements.
- Empower OUSD parents to discuss sexual development with their children
- Assure that the Healthy Oakland Teens classroom experience is connected to the school-based health centers.
- Engage the business and philanthropic community to support initiatives to keep Oakland teens healthy, such as increased work opportunities and positive public service announcements.
The SHAC is comprised of representatives from the following community groups: parents/caregivers of children in the district, medical professionals, district teachers, and a district administrative liaison. The group strives to reflect the diversity of the student body and will include, but not be limited to, representatives who work with international students, continuation students, LGBTQ students, and pregnant and parenting teens. Teachers who are involved in teaching the Healthy Oakland Teens curriculum as well as those who aren’t involved, will be invited to participate. Terms will be for two academic years.
Members will be selected by the OUSD Department of Community Schools and Student Services staff. Applications will be available and accepted year round on the OUSD website.
Use this link to apply:
Members of the OUSD SHAC - Dated 06/22/2017
Ilsa Bertolini, OUSD Health and Wellness Program Director, SHAC Convener
*Alex Medina, Independent Health Educator
*Cynthia Dimon, OUSD Behavioral Health (Middle School)
*Deb Levine, OUSD Parent and Sexual Health Educator, Co-Chair
*Mara Larsen-Fleming, OUSD Health and Wellness Director
*Marta Lutsky, Alameda County School Health Services
*Naomi Schapiro, UCSF Department of Family Health Care Nursing
*Olivia Higgins, LGBTQ Specialist
*Rebecca Austin, OUSD Parent and Kaiser Permanente Pediatrician
*Sara Pipping, OUSD Science Curriculum
*Eia Gardner, OUSD Clinic Liaison
Fore more information:
Deb Levine, Sexual Health Educator and SHAC Co-chair
Parents and guardians are teens’ primary source of information and values about sex. Studies show teens want information about sex from their parents and trusted adults and guardians (even though they don’t always say so). A large study found that kids who felt connected to their family were more likely to wait to become sexually active.
At OUSD, providers at the school-based health centers and Referral Coordinators encourage and support students in talking to their parents, guardians and families about sexual health. Your teens still need their parents and guardians to be there to listen, to stay calm, respect their ideas, and talk to them about sex.
- How to be an askable parent.
- Dear Parents letter about minor consent to confidential sexual health services.