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”
Sexual Health Education Policies in Florida School Districts
In Florida, district school boards are constitutionally and statutorily charged with determining how they will implement statute. Policies and curriculum regarding family life instruction and disease prevention are determined at the district level and reflect the values and concerns of the community as well as the needs of students. District policies may require abstinence-only, abstinence-plus or comprehensive sexual health education instruction. According to s. 1003.42 (3) Florida Statutes, students can be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or disease prevention education upon request from their parents.
Links to examples of school district policies are listed below.
- St. John’s County Policy (Word)
- 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.