Florida Senate - 2021 SB 554 By Senator Thurston 33-00375-21 2021554__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to human trafficking education in 3 schools; amending s. 1003.42, F.S.; revising the 4 required health education in public schools to include 5 information regarding the dangers and signs of human 6 trafficking; specifying the minimum requirements of 7 the human trafficking education portion of the 8 comprehensive health education curriculum; providing 9 an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section 14 1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 15 1003.42 Required instruction.— 16 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 17 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 18 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 19 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 20 highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, 21 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 22 approved methods of instruction, the following: 23 (n) Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts 24 of community health; consumer health; environmental health; 25 family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual 26 abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of 27 teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury 28 prevention and safety; Internet safety; the dangers and signs of 29 human trafficking; nutrition; personal health; prevention and 30 control of disease; and substance use and abuse. The health 31 education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall 32 include a teen dating violence and abuse component that 33 includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating 34 violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and 35 abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, 36 measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and 37 community resources available to victims of dating violence and 38 abuse. The human trafficking education portion of the health 39 curriculum must include, at a minimum, recognition of the signs 40 of human trafficking; awareness of resources, including 41 national, state, and local resources; prevention of the abuse of 42 and addiction to alcohol, nicotine, and drugs; information on 43 the prevalence and nature of human trafficking; strategies to 44 reduce the risk of human trafficking; techniques that may be 45 used in setting healthy boundaries and how to safely seek 46 assistance; and information on how social media and mobile 47 device applications are used for human trafficking. 48 49 The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards 50 and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. A 51 character development program that incorporates the values of 52 the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is 53 offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or 54 other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness 55 initiative meets the requirements of paragraphs (s) and (t). 56 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.