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Sexuality Education

Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance and Resources

Provides guidance and resources for students, families, and district use during the 2020-2021 school year.

Sexuality Education Overview

Sexuality Education is a required part of Health Education. Oregon’s approach to Comprehensive Sexuality Education equips students with the knowledge and skills to realize their health, well-being, and educational goals. Sexuality Education supports students to:

  • Realize their health, well-being, and dignity;
  • Build and maintain healthy relationships, including friendships, and/or romantic or sexual relationships;
  • Develop awareness of their own identities and support the identities of others;
  • Ensure the protection of their rights and the rights of others throughout their lives;
  • Consider their own boundaries and respect the boundaries of others;
  • Recognize and access support, information, and care from trusted adults and organizations; and
  • Reduce chid abuse, sexual violence, harassment, and bullying.

This website provides information on requirements, best practices, and other tools that school districts, communities, and others can use in planning for and implementing sexuality education, child abuse prevention, menstrual dignity, and healthy relationships programming. For specific information on what materials or practices local school districts may be using, please contact the individual district directly. 

The following graphic demonstrates the many pathways in which ODE supports school districts across the state. The visual representation of each category correlates with the dropdown website content below, and houses relevant resources from ODE and other statewide partners. Please contact ode.sexed@ode.oregon.gov for technical support or information.


Pathways to K-12 Sexuality Education Implementation 

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Related La​ws, Rules, and Policies​


The following Oregon and ODE laws, rules, and policies relate to K-12 comprehensive sexuality education and health education implementation. 


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Individualized Technical Support for Districts​


ODE provides direct support for all 197 school districts and community members who support K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Oregon, including: 


  • Division 22 Technical Assistance 

  • Meeting or presentation about K-12 Comprehensive Sexuality Education implementation for school board, school district, or community 

  • Email ode.sexed@ode.oregon.gov for support 

Subscribe to ODE’s Sex Ed List Serv for updates on resources and support for districts.


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Administrator & Community Resources


The following resources have been created by ODE to support administrators and communities to better understand the scope of comprehensive sexuality education, which aligns with Oregon laws and Health Education standards.


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​​Instructional Materials


The following resources have been created by ODE to support districts in K-12 implementation of sexuality education through instructional materials. To learn more about instructional materials, please visit the Instructional Materials webpage


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Standards & Performance Indicators


The following resources have been created by ODE to support districts in K-12 implementation of sexuality education through Health Education standards and instructional materials. 




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Professional Development


The following ODE professional development resources are available to all Oregon school districts who support K-12 sexuality education implementation. 


Related sexuality education trainings, conference, and professional development opportunities can also be found within our monthly Sex Ed Newsetter. Subscribe to the ODE Sex Ed Listserv for more information.

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​Newsletter & Resources


To receive updates about Sexuality Education, including our monthly newsletter, please subscribe to ODE's Sex Ed Listserv by entering your email address. You may update your ODE Listserv subscriptions by clicking "Subscriber Preferences".

Archived ODE Sex Ed Newsletters can be found here.

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Child Abuse & Violence Prevention Resources


The following resources are intended to support school districts in the implementation of child abuse and teen dating prevention education through 2015 Erin’s Law and the 2013 Healthy Teens Relationships Act requirements, both of which are embedded within the Human Sexuality Education OAR 581-022-2050



Child Abuse Prevention and Response – SB 856 “Erin’s Law”


Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention and Response 


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Menstrual Dignity for Students Program

The 2021 Menstrual Dignity Act (HB 3294) creates the requirement for school districts to provide free menstrual products for all menstruating students in public schools in Oregon, including elementary, middle and high school students. The information below will support the implementation of the Menstrual Dignity for Students Program, as outlined in OARs 581-21-0587 through 581-021-0596.​


Menstrual Dignity for Students Toolkit
This toolkit outlines requirements and recommendations for program implementation that hold student equity and menstrual dignity at the center so that all students have the opportunity for safe, dignified self-care.
Menstrual Dignity for Students: Reimbursement Form (2021-22)
​Please complete this form for expenses related to the Menstrual Dignity Act implementation, as per OAR 581-021-0600 through 581-021-0609. For more information about program reimbursement, please review the Implementation Toolkit linked above.

Menstrual Dignity For Students: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR)

Menstrual Dignity Program: Funding Calculator (2021-22)
​Please review the calculator to learn about district, charter school and ESD funding for the Menstrual Dignity Program. Within the funding calculator, you should see each district, charter school and ESD’s individual total grant amount. Allocation ceilings for individual education providers is based on data from the 2020-2021 second period cumulative ADM. Reimbursement is allowable up to this grant amount.
​​Menstrual Dignity Program: Funding Calculator Estimate (2022-23)
District, charter school and ESD grantees shall receive reallocated grant funds for year two of the program in accordance with the ADM formula. Districts can start using their base grant amount as an estimate for planning purposes, which can be found on the 2022-2023 funding calculator. Additionally, per OAR 581-32-0596​, any unspent funds for the first year of the biennium shall be rolled into the distribution of funds for the second year of the biennium and reallocated in accordance with the ADM formula. These funds will be added to your grant in EGMS in the Fall.

​April 2022 Menstrual Dignity Program Update
​​This bulletin, published on April 4, 2022, provides important updates on the Menstrual Dignity Program, as a result of the 2022 Legislative Session, The March 2022 State Board of Education Meeting and the grant-making and reimbursement process.

Please reach out to ode.menstrual-dignity@ode.oregon.gov if you have any questions.