Health education sees age-focused reform under new Florida law

TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – While parents in Florida can now lock their children out of sex education Thanks to a recently signed law, another new law changes the age at which students receive part of their health education and what is included in it.

HB 519, the new law on health education, will revise the grades from which students learn different health aspects. from general health to child sexual abuse, exploitation and human trafficking, and substance abuse.

The new law, now in force, requires that health education be taught at an “age and developmental appropriate” level for K-12 students.

In particular, the new curriculum requirements will make it so that “concepts of community health, consumer health, the environment and family life” are all treated comprehensively by age and maturity.

These new comprehensive lessons include:

  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Injury Prevention and Safety
  • Internet security
  • nutrition
  • Personal health
  • Disease prevention and control
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Prevention of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of children

Separately, Education for 6th to 12th grade students it teaches “the benefits of sexual abstinence as an expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy”.

This changes the previous educational age at which some forms of instruction were taught in the K-12 rather than being limited to sixth and beyond.

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