New Required Instruction

Three State Board of Education rules related to health education topics have recently been approved for implementation beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.  Comprehensive Health Education has included these topics as part of required instruction through section 1003.42 (2)(n), Florida Statutes, but did not include an instructional time requirement or the assurance mechanisms to support and verify instruction was being delivered.

Mental & Emotional Health Education – Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., was approved by the State Board of Education on July 17, 2019. This rule establishes a minimum of five hours of required instruction related to mental and emotional health education for students in grades 6-12 and institutes procedures for school districts to document planning and delivery of instruction. Decisions about which course(s) will be used to deliver this instruction and curricula will be determined at the school district level. The rule will be in effect for the 2019-20 school year.

Substance Use & Abuse Education – Rule 6A-1.094122, F.A.C., was approved by the State Board of Education on August 21, 2019. This rule requires school districts to annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to youth substance use and abuse health education, and institutes procedures for school districts to document planning and delivery of instruction. Substance use and abuse health education should advance each year through developmentally appropriate instruction and skill building using the adopted health education standards found at www.cpalms.org. Decisions about which course(s) will be used to deliver this instruction and curricula used will be determined at the school district level. The rule will be in effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Child Trafficking Prevention Education – Rule 6A-1.094123, F.A.C., was approved by the State Board of Education on September 20, 2019. This rule requires school districts to annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to child trafficking prevention and awareness, and institutes procedures for school districts to document planning and delivery of instruction. The child trafficking prevention education should advance each year through developmentally appropriate instruction and skill building using the adopted health education standards found at www.cpalms.org.

How do I learn more about what this means for my student?

To help assist you in what this age appropriate instruction will look like, we have created specific resources pages to provide you with a variety of information, including frequently asked questions and instruction topics/outlines.  Please click on the links below for more information.

Mental Health Instruction