Florida Senate - 2021 CS for SB 410 By the Committee on Criminal Justice; and Senator Rodriguez 591-03565-21 2021410c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to reproductive health and disease 3 education; amending s. 1002.20, F.S.; requiring each 4 school district to publish specified materials on the 5 district website to notify parents of their right to 6 exempt their student from reproductive health and 7 disease education; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; 8 requiring district school boards to annually approve 9 curriculum relating to reproductive health and disease 10 education in an open, noticed public meeting; 11 requiring each school district to publish specified 12 materials on the district website to notify parents of 13 their right to exempt their student from reproductive 14 health and disease education; providing an effective 15 date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (3) of section 20 1002.20, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 21 1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public 22 school students must receive accurate and timely information 23 regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed 24 of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12 25 students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory 26 rights including, but not limited to, the following: 27 (3) HEALTH ISSUES.— 28 (d) Reproductive health and disease education.—A public 29 school student whose parent makes written request to the school 30 principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive 31 health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, in accordance with 32
the provisions ofs. 1003.42(3). Each school district shall 33 notify parents of this right through publication on the district 34 website of the curriculum, including the process for a parent to 35 exercise this right. 36 Section 2. Subsections (1) and (3) of section 1003.42, 37 Florida Statutes, are amended to read: 38 1003.42 Required instruction.— 39 (1)(a) Each district school board shall provide all courses 40 required for middle grades promotion, high school graduation, 41 and appropriate instruction designed to ensure that students 42 meet State Board of Education adopted standards in the following 43 subject areas: reading and other language arts, mathematics, 44 science, social studies, foreign languages, health and physical 45 education, and the arts. The state board must remove a middle 46 grades course in the Course Code Directory that does not fully 47 integrate all appropriate curricular content required by s. 48 1003.41 and may approve a new course only if it meets the 49 required curricular content. 50 (b) The curriculum of any teaching of reproductive health 51 or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, 52 and treatment, as part of the courses required by paragraph (a) 53 must be annually approved by a district school board in an open, 54 noticed public meeting. 55 (3) Any student whose parent makes written request to the 56 school principal shall be exempted from the teaching of 57 reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its 58 symptoms, development, and treatment. A student so exempted may 59 not be penalized by reason of that exemption. Course 60 descriptions for comprehensive health education shall not 61 interfere with the local determination of appropriate curriculum 62 which reflects local values and concerns. Each school district 63 shall notify parents of this right through publication on the 64 district website of the curriculum, including the process for a 65 parent to exercise this right. 66 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.