Florida Senate - 2020 SB 154 By Senator Thurston 33-00314-20 2020154__ 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; requiring the Department of 9 Legal Affairs to develop human trafficking awareness 10 campaigns; providing an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section 15 1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 16 1003.42 Required instruction.— 17 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 18 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 19 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 20 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 21 highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, 22 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 23 approved methods of instruction, the following: 24 (n) Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts 25 of community health; consumer health; environmental health; 26 family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual 27 abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of 28 teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury 29 prevention and safety; Internet safety; the dangers and signs of 30 human trafficking; nutrition; personal health; prevention and 31 control of disease; and substance use and abuse. The health 32 education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall 33 include a teen dating violence and abuse component that 34 includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating 35 violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and 36 abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, 37 measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse, and 38 community resources available to victims of dating violence and 39 abuse. The human trafficking education portion of the health 40 curriculum must include, but is not limited to, information on 41 the warning signs of human trafficking, terms used by 42 traffickers, red flags that would indicate a trafficker’s 43 malicious intent toward a student, websites that are popular 44 with traffickers, and details on how a student may get help. A 45 student may elect to opt out of the instruction of the human 46 trafficking portion of the health education by providing the 47 school with a written note from his or her parent. 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. Human trafficking awareness campaigns.—The 57 Department of Legal Affairs shall, subject to legislative 58 appropriations, develop campaigns to increase awareness of human 59 trafficking, particularly among children and other potentially 60 vulnerable populations. Such campaigns may include information 61 concerning approaches used by traffickers, warning signs of 62 trafficking, and inappropriate behaviors that should be 63 reported. 64 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.