Florida Senate - 2021                             CS for SB 1094
       By the Committee on Education; and Senator Bean
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to required health education
    3         instruction; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; providing
    4         additional requirements for health education; revising
    5         the grade levels when students receive certain health
    6         education instruction; requiring health education
    7         instruction to include prevention of specified harms;
    8         requiring such education to include an awareness of
    9         the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected
   10         standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy;
   11         amending s. 1006.148, F.S.; conforming a cross
   12         reference; providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section
   17  1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   18         1003.42 Required instruction.—
   19         (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public
   20  schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education
   21  and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and
   22  faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the
   23  highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy,
   24  following the prescribed courses of study, and employing
   25  approved methods of instruction, the following:
   26         (n)1. Comprehensive age-appropriate and developmentally
   27  appropriate K-12 health education that addresses concepts of
   28  community health,; consumer health,; environmental health, and;
   29  family life, including:
   30         a.An awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the
   31  expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy;
   32  Mental and emotional health.;
   33         b. Injury prevention and safety.;
   34         c. Internet safety.;
   35         d. Nutrition.;
   36         e. Personal health.;
   37         f. Prevention and control of disease.; and
   38         g. Substance use and abuse.
   39         h.Prevention of child sexual abuse, exploitation, and
   40  human trafficking.
   41         2. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7
   42  through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse
   43  component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition
   44  of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating
   45  violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy
   46  relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and
   47  abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating
   48  violence and abuse.
   49         3. The health education curriculum for students in grades 6
   50  through 12 shall include an awareness of the benefits of sexual
   51  abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of
   52  teenage pregnancy.
   54  The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards
   55  and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. A
   56  character development program that incorporates the values of
   57  the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is
   58  offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or
   59  other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness
   60  initiative meets the requirements of paragraphs (s) and (t).
   61         Section 2. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
   62  1006.148, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   63         1006.148 Dating violence and abuse prohibited.—
   64         (1) Each district school board shall adopt and implement a
   65  dating violence and abuse policy. The policy shall:
   66         (c) Define dating violence and abuse and provide for a teen
   67  dating violence and abuse component in the health education
   68  curriculum, according to s. 1003.42(2)(n)2. s. 1003.42(2)(n),
   69  with emphasis on prevention education.
   70         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.