Students in grades six through 12 will receive a minimum of five hours of mental and emotional health instruction.
The Florida Department of Education approved Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., which requires that students in grades six through 12 receive a minimum of five hours of mental and emotional health instruction every year, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
To comply with this requirement, Orange County Public Schools has designated five days in which students will receive one hour of instruction from a classroom teacher. The remaining dates are: Feb. 20, 25 and 27.
The state-mandated curriculum components include:
- Recognition of signs and symptoms of mental health disorders
- Prevention of mental health disorders
- Mental health awareness and assistance
- How to reduce the stigma around mental health disorders
- Awareness of resources, including local school and community resources
- The process for accessing treatment
- Strategies to develop healthy coping techniques
- Strategies to support a peer, friend or family member with a mental health disorder
- Prevention of suicide
- Prevention of the abuse of and addiction to alcohol, nicotine and drugs
Students will not be graded on this material.