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Stanislaus County Office of Education

Safe & Healthy Schools

The mission of the Stanislaus County Office of Education's (SCOE) Prevention Programs Department is to provide comprehensive, quality programs and resources to school districts in Stanislaus and surrounding counties. We're working in collaboration with educational and community-based organizations to keep all kids first.

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1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
(209) 238-1360
(209) 238-4252 Fax



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SCOE Special Programs

Itinerant professionals are skilled and trained and provide support to students with severe developmental, speech, language, hearing, health, orthopedic, or vision impairments to be successful in general education classes in their neighborhood schools. 

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California Healthy Youth Act

The California Healthy Youth Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2016, requires school districts throughout the state to provide students with comprehensive sexual health education, along with information about HIV prevention, at least once in high school and once in middle school.

The state legislation also allows districts to offer age-appropriate sexual health education in earlier grades if they choose to do so. But parents can opt out of sex education, and local districts get to determine their own curriculum.

To help ensure a better understanding of the law, we’ve compiled a list of common questions and answers, courtesy of the California Department of Education and OCDE’s legal counsel.

What is the California Healthy Youth Act?

The California Healthy Youth Act is a state law that says districts must ensure that students in grades seven through 12 receive instruction covering human growth and development, including comprehensive sexual health education as well as HIV prevention education. Each student must receive this instruction at least once in middle school and at least once in high school.
The law spells out five primary goals:

  1. To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy;
  2. To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage and family;
  3. To promote the understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development;
  4. To ensure pupils receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end;
  5. To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to have healthy, positive and safe relationships and behaviors.

Health Education Curriculum Framework For CA Public Schools

On May 8, 2019, the State Board of Education approved a new Health Education Framework for public schools, providing optional guidance for K-12 teachers based on California’s health education standards.

So what exactly is a framework, how does it differ from the standards, and how does the California Healthy Youth Act fit into the equation? The following is a synopsis, starting with the standards:

Mental Health and Emotional Support Resources

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times.  The resources shared were compiled to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions.  We hope these tools will provide helpful ideas and supports when life is challenging.

The following resources are for educational purposes and are not intended as mental health intervention or a substitute for mental health treatment.  If you are in need of psychological help seek assistance from a licensed mental health professional.

Webinars and Events on Mental Health and Well-being Topics

Suicide Prevention Training for Staff and Students

FREE Suicide Prevention Training for Educators as well as Middle and High Schools Students currently available to view at:

RECURSOS EN ESPANOL (Resources in Spanish)


Guía de ayuda para padres y cuidadores para ayudar a las familias a enfrentar la enfermedadCoronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)


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