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During the 2019-2020 school year, the State Board of Education passed three rules related to required instruction in health education topics impacting middle and high school students. This year, the District will designate ten dates as Wellness Wednesdays, in order to engage students in this learning. The time set aside on each Wellness Wednesdays will provide students with tools to enhance thier social-emotional well-being and support our families in the development of the whole child.

Students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 will receive instruction in mental and emotional health education and students in kindergarten through grade 12 will receive instruction on child trafficking prevention and substance use and abuse health education. Each lesson is developmentally appropriate by grade level and progresses from year to year as students move to the next grade level. All instruction is in alignment with Florida State Statute 1003.42 (2)(n) and State Board of Education Rules. School districts are required to annually report to the Commissioner of Education how instruction was provided on each of these topics. The annual report may be reviewed by visiting Florida Required Instruction Portal.

Please use the links below for further information on each rule:

New Rule 6A-1.094121 F.A.C., Mental and Emotional Health Education: This new rule establishes minimum hours of required instruction related to mental and emotional health education for grades 6-12 students.

New Rule 6A-1.094122 F.A.C., Substance Use and Abuse Health Education: School districts must annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to youth substance use and abuse health education.

New Rule 6A-1.094123 F.A.C., Child Trafficking Prevention Education: Age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs and instruction to students in grades K-12 related to child trafficking prevention and awareness.

Health Education Related Rule Information by Florida Department of Education