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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 2 years ago

OCPS offering mental, emotional health classes

Students in grades six through 12 will receive a minimum of five hours of mental and emotional health instruction.
by: Tim Freed Managing Editor

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.

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Tim Freed is the Managing Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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