What lessons will be taught and when?
Each school will work independently to determine at what point in the year these lessons will be taught.
Mental & Emotional Health Education – The 5-hour requirement in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C. is not mandatory for our K-5 students. However, we will continue as we previously have to provide mental and emotional health education throughout their school experience.
Substance Use & Abuse Education – The requirements in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C. do apply to our K-5 students. Per School Board Rule – Chapter 4.00 – The Curriculum 4.02(13) states that “Students at all appropriate levels will be given instruction regarding the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse.” This is achieved through lessons integrated into the curriculum, activities during Red Ribbon Week, and collaboration with community agencies.
Child Trafficking Prevention Education – The requirements in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C. do apply to our K-5 students. These lessons will be age and developmentally appropriate. Each school will utilize Lauren’s Kids or Child Safety Matters to provide this age appropriate curriculum.
What if my child is absent?
Absences will be treated the same as any other excused or unexcused absence. You may review the Student Code of Conduct for more information on absences.
Can I opt my child out of the lessons?
No, since it is part of state required instruction in statute and board rule.
Will these lessons be age appropriate?
Lessons provided will be age and developmentally appropriate.
Who do I contact with specific questions?
If you have specific questions regarding when these lessons will take place, please contact your school directly. If you have additional questions after reviewing the content/topics above, you may contact Randy Kelley, Director for Guidance & Programs of Choice (904-547-7752) at our District Office.