Florida Senate - 2020 SB 276 By Senator Rader 29-00175A-20 2020276__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to health education; amending s. 3 1003.42, F.S.; expanding the required instruction in 4 grades 9 through 12 to include a breast cancer and 5 prostate cancer awareness component; providing an 6 effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Paragraph (n) of subsection (2) of section 11 1003.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 12 1003.42 Required instruction.— 13 (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public 14 schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education 15 and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and 16 faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the 17 highest standards for professionalism and historical accuracy, 18 following the prescribed courses of study, and employing 19 approved methods of instruction, the following: 20 (n) Comprehensive health education that addresses concepts 21 of community health; consumer health; environmental health; 22 family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual 23 abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of 24 teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury 25 prevention and safety; Internet safety; nutrition; personal 26 health; prevention and control of disease; and substance use and 27 abuse. The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 28 through 12 shall include a teen dating violence and abuse 29 component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition 30 of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating 31 violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy 32 relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and 33 abuse, and community resources available to victims of dating 34 violence and abuse. The health education curriculum for students 35 in grades 9 through 12 shall include a breast cancer and 36 prostate cancer awareness component that includes, but is not 37 limited to, the characteristics of and measures to prevent 38 breast cancer and prostate cancer. 39 40 The State Board of Education is encouraged to adopt standards 41 and pursue assessment of the requirements of this subsection. A 42 character development program that incorporates the values of 43 the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and that is 44 offered as part of a social studies, English Language Arts, or 45 other schoolwide character building and veteran awareness 46 initiative meets the requirements of paragraphs (s) and (t). 47 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.