Florida Senate - 2017                                     SB 148
       By Senator Garcia
       36-00272A-17                                           2017148__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to students remaining on school
    3         grounds during school hours; providing a short title;
    4         amending s. 1001.43, F.S.; providing that a district
    5         school board may adopt policies for releasing students
    6         for the school lunch period; requiring schools in
    7         certain districts to obtain written parental consent
    8         before permitting students to leave school grounds
    9         during the lunch period; providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. This act may be cited as the “Mayra Capote Act.
   14         Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
   15  1001.43, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   16         1001.43 Supplemental powers and duties of district school
   17  board.—The district school board may exercise the following
   18  supplemental powers and duties as authorized by this code or
   19  State Board of Education rule.
   20         (1) STUDENT MANAGEMENT.—The district school board may adopt
   21  programs and policies to ensure the safety and welfare of
   22  individuals, the student body, and school personnel, which
   23  programs and policies may:
   24         (c) Provide procedures for student dismissal precautions
   25  and for granting permission for students to leave school grounds
   26  during school hours, including releasing a student from school
   27  upon request by a parent, or for public appearances of school
   28  groups, or for the school lunch period. However, in a district
   29  that has more than 100,000 students in prekindergarten through
   30  grade 12, a school may not permit a student to leave school
   31  grounds for the lunch period unless the student’s parent has, in
   32  writing, consented for his or her child to leave school grounds
   33  during the lunch period for the school year.
   34         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.