Statutes, Policies & Guidelines
Section 1003.41, Florida State Statutes Next Generation Sunshine State Standards - These standards have been adopted by the State Board of Education and delineate the academic achievement of students, for which the state will hold schools accountable, in grades K-12 in the subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health and physical education, and foreign languages.
Section 1003.46, Florida State Statutes Health Education; Instruction in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome:
This statute provides guidance related to topics which should be included when HIV/AIDS prevention instruction is provided in Florida school districts.
Maintaining Confidentiality of Student Records
Section 381.0056, Florida State Statutes School Health Services Program Requires health records of individual students to be kept private in accordance with Statute 1002.22(2)(d) which guarantees every student the right to privacy for all personally identifiable records or reports or information of a student. A state or local educational agency, board, or public school may not permit the release of such records or information without the consent of the student's parent or the student him or herself.
Maintaining a Safe and Supportive School Environment
Section 1006.07(6), Florida State Statutes District school board duties relating to student discipline and school safety.—The district school board shall provide for the proper accounting for all students, for the attendance and control of students at school, and for proper attention to health, safety, and other matters relating to the welfare of students.
Section 1006.147, Florida State Statutes Bullying and Harassment Prohibited – “Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up For All Students Act”
Examples of Sexual Health Education Policies in Florida School Districts
As of October 31, 2017, fifteen Florida school districts have adopted a comprehensive health education policy that includes a requirement for comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education curriculum. These districts include: Alachua, Desoto, Franklin, Gadsden, Glades, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Leon, Liberty, Martin, Monroe, Pasco, Polk, and Putnam. These policies include the following language.
The board requires evidence-based, medically accurate, age-appropriate, and comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education curriculum. This curriculum shall include information about:
- abstinence as the only certain way to avoid pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS;
- the consequences of teenage pregnancy;
- the health benefits and side effects of contraception and condoms;
- responsible decision-making, communication, and relationship skills; and
- the importance of family-child communication.
This curriculum shall be taught beginning in the 6th grade and continue throughout high school, and shall enable students to master the standards set forth in the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.
The health education curriculum materials shall, at all times, reflect current theory, knowledge, and practice, and shall be evidence-based and proven effective. The curriculum materials shall be available for review at each school site.
Other examples of school district policies are listed below.
- Pinellas County Human Sexuality Curriculum Policy (Word)
- Putnam County Health and Comprehensive Sexual Health Policy (PDF)
Links to Guidance Documents
- CDC’s Guidelines for Effective School Health Education to Prevent the Spread of AIDS
- PAEC Bloodborne Pathogens Guide Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC) developed an Exposure Control Plan for school districts to provide guidance to districts with efforts to minimize employee exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. The PAEC plan is based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. PAEC’s Exposure Control Plan also includes a model plan school districts may use as they create an exposure control plan for their district.