Jacksonville, FL — Tim Forson, the Superintendent of Schools in St. Johns County, sent a letter to parents about new lesson requirements.
Beginning this year, a letter dated Dec. 3, 2019, states middle and high school students are now required to receive five hours of instruction on substance use and abuse, child trafficking prevention and awareness and mental and emotional health education because of three state board rules.
This means St. Johns -- and all school districts in Florida -- have to add these topics to their curriculum.
Forson wrote that 6th through 12th grade students will have their schedules modified for five days during the second semester to complete the requirement.
The instructional materials selected by the school district is said to be age appropriate.
“These are important topics that will help our students have the knowledge and ability to act when faced with difficult situations. I believe this instruction will be extremely beneficial for your children and/or reinforce what is taught at home,” Forson said in the letter.
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