Mental and Emotional Health Education Videos
The State Board of Education approved three additional Comprehensive Health Education topics for implementation beginning with the 2019-2020 school year as part of required instruction through section 1003.42 (2)(n), Florida Statutes. The instruction for youth mental and emotional health advances each year through developmentally appropriate instruction and skill building.
The following required Comprehensive Health Topics can all be found in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C.
Mental & Emotional Health Education establishes a minimum of five hours of required instruction related to mental and emotional health education for students in grades 6-12 and institutes procedures for school districts to document planning and delivery of instruction.
Substance Use & Abuse Education requires school districts to annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to youth substance use and abuse health education, and institutes procedures for school districts to document planning and delivery of instruction.
Child Trafficking Prevention Education requires school districts to annually provide instruction to students in grades K-12 related to child trafficking prevention and awareness, and institutes procedures for school districts to document planning and delivery of instruction.
Frequently Asked Questions
What lessons will be taught and when?
Each school will work independently to determine at what point in the year these lessons will be taught.
Mental & Emotional Health Education – The 5-hour requirement in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C. is not mandatory for our K-5 students. However, we will continue as we previously have to provide mental and emotional health education throughout their school experience.
Substance Use & Abuse Education – The requirements in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C. do apply to our K-5 students. Per School Board Rule – Chapter 4.00 – The Curriculum 4.02(13) states that “Students at all appropriate levels will be given instruction regarding the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse.” This is achieved through lessons integrated into the curriculum, activities during Red Ribbon Week, and collaboration with community agencies.
Child Trafficking Prevention Education – The requirements in Rule 6A-1.094124, F.A.C. do apply to our K-5 students. These lessons will be age and developmentally appropriate. Each school will utilize age appropriate curriculum.
What if my child is absent?
Absences will be treated the same as any other excused or unexcused absence. You may review the Student Code of Conduct more information on absences.
Will these lessons be age appropriate?
Lessons provided will be age and developmentally appropriate.
Who do I contact with specific questions?
If you have specific questions regarding when these lessons will take place, please contact your school directly. If you have additional questions after reviewing the content/topics above, you may contact our district office at 386-734-7190 ext. 20653 Jessica McIntyre Coordinator, Mental Health.