Florida Senate - 2017 SB 286 By Senator Steube 23-00472-17 2017286__ 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; authorizing a student to opt out of a 7 specified portion of the health education under 8 certain circumstances; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section 13 1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 14 1003.42 Required instruction.— 15 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 16 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 17 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 18 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 19 highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, 20 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 21 approved methods of instruction, the following: 22 (n) Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts 23 of community health; consumer health; environmental health; 24 family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual 25 abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of 26 teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury 27 prevention and safety; Internet safety; the dangers and signs of 28 human trafficking; nutrition; personal health; prevention and 29 control of disease; and substance use and abuse. The health 30 education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall 31 include a teen dating violence and abuse component that 32 includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating 33 violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and 34 abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, 35 measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and 36 community resources available to victims of dating violence and 37 abuse. The human trafficking education portion of the health 38 curriculum shall include, but is not limited to, information on 39 the warning signs of human trafficking, terms used by 40 traffickers, red flags that would indicate a trafficker’s 41 malicious intent toward a student, websites that are popular 42 with traffickers, and details on how a student may get help. A 43 student may elect to opt out of the instruction of this portion 44 of the health education by providing the school with a written 45 note from his or her parent. 46 47 The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards 48 and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. 49 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.