Ohio law does not permit the State Board of Education to adopt Health Education Standards in Ohio. Ohio law does direct schools and districts to include health education and other related topics at various times throughout its K-12 curriculum. This webpage provides legislative requirements and numerous resources to help support the development of a school’s or district’s health curriculum.
Health Education Legislation & Requirements
Overall Curriculum Requirements
HB367- Opioid Abuse Prevention
Dating Violence Prevention
House Bill 438 - Organ Donation Education - Second Chance Trust Fund Committee Recommendations
Helping Students Make an Informed Decision about Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It gives a second chance at life to thousands of people facing organ failure and provides many others with active and renewed lives.
The good news is, anyone can make a difference and save lives through organ, eye and tissue donation!
Students will make one of their first adult decisions as they begin to drive and are asked about registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The new state requirement recognizes that many people do not understand what that question involves and -- no matter their answer -- it’s important to make it knowing the facts. The resources Donate Life Ohio provides make teaching donation straight forward and easy to understand. In addition, donation educators travel throughout the state giving free, fact-based, non-persuasive presentations to high school students.
All of these resources can be requested on the Donate Life Ohio teacher resources webpage.
Health Education Graduation Requirements
Ohio Revised Code (ORC)3313.603-Requirements for high school graduation - workforce or college preparatory units.
- One-half unit of health is required for graduation
- Furthermore, the legislation requires that the one-half unit shall include instruction in nutrition and the benefits of nutritious foods and physical activity for overall health.
Starting July 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, Ohio law
indicates that school districts must include in health education at least one hour (or one standard class period) of evidence-based instruction for students in grades 6-12 in each of the following topics:
- Suicide awareness and prevention;
- Safety training and violence prevention; and
- Social inclusion.
Read more on the Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act
Last Modified: 7/26/2021 7:00:43 PM