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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies requirements for health instruction, including human sexuality
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . permits a local school board or charter school governing board to provide human
14 sexuality instruction or instructional programs in accordance with state law and
15 State Board of Education rules;
16 . requires human sexuality instruction or instructional programs to teach and stress:
17 . the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and
18 fidelity after marriage as the only sure methods for preventing certain
19 communicable diseases; and
20 . personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity;
21 . imposes certain restrictions for human sexuality instructional programs;
22 . permits a local school board or charter school governing board to adopt abstinence
23 only instructional materials recommended by:
24 . the State Board of Education; or
25 . the school district's or charter school's curriculum materials review committee;
27 . makes technical changes.
28 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
30 Other Special Clauses:
32 Utah Code Sections Affected:
34 53A-13-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 196
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 53A-13-101 is amended to read:
38 53A-13-101. Instruction in health -- Human sexuality instruction -- Parental
39 consent requirements -- Conduct and speech of school employees and volunteers --
40 Political and religious doctrine prohibited.
41 (1) As used in this section:
42 (a) "Abstinence only instructional materials" means instructional materials that teach
43 and stress:
44 (i) the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity
45 after marriage as the only sure methods for preventing certain communicable diseases; and
46 (ii) personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.
47 (b) "Human sexuality instruction or instructional program" means any course, unit,
48 class, activity, or presentation that provides instruction or information to students about sexual
49 abstinence, human reproduction, reproductive anatomy, reproductive physiology, marriage,
50 childbirth, or parenthood.
52 requirements under Section 53A-1-402 , that include instruction in:
57 (3) (a) (i) A local school board or charter school governing board may, but is not
58 required to, provide human sexuality instruction or instructional programs.
59 (ii) If a local school board or a charter school governing board decides to provide
60 human sexuality instruction or instructional programs, the human sexuality instruction or
61 instructional programs shall be provided in accordance with this section and supporting State
62 Board of Education rules adopted under this section and consistent with this section.
63 (b) [
64 teach and stress:
66 fidelity after marriage as the only sure methods for preventing certain communicable diseases;
69 (c) Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs may not include instruction
70 in, or the advocacy of:
71 (i) the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior;
72 (ii) homosexuality;
73 (iii) the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or
74 (iv) sexual activity outside of marriage.
76 spontaneous questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or
77 encourage the violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult.
79 (ii) An instructor [
80 the response is consistent with the provisions of this section.
82 only instructional materials for use in [
85 (B) Abstinence only instructional materials recommended under Subsection
86 (3)(e)(i)(A) may include abstinence only instructional materials developed by the State Board
87 of Education in consultation with parents or abstinence only instructional materials evaluated
88 by the State Instructional Materials Commission.
89 (C) Instructional materials recommended under Subsection (3)(e)(i)(A) shall include a
90 parent education component in which instruction or instructional materials are made available
91 to parents to assist parents in providing human sexuality instruction to their children.
92 (D) The board may not recommend instructional materials other than abstinence only
93 instructional materials for use in human sexuality instruction or instructional programs.
94 (ii) A local school board or charter school governing board may choose to adopt:
95 (A) the abstinence only instructional materials recommended under Subsection [
96 (3)(e)(i); or
97 (B) other abstinence only instructional materials as provided in state board rule.
98 (iii) The state board rule made under Subsection [
100 (A) that the abstinence only instructional materials adopted by a local school board or
101 charter school governing board under Subsection [
102 recommendations of the school district's or charter school's curriculum materials review
103 committee that comply with [
105 restrictions applicable to human sexuality instruction or instructional programs specified in
106 Subsections (3)(b) and (c);
112 (B) that parents or guardians of children enrolled in the school district or charter school
113 shall be the majority of members of a curriculum materials review committee;
114 (C) that a school district or charter school, in consultation with parents, may develop
115 abstinence only curriculum materials;
116 (D) that abstinence only instructional materials adopted under Subsection (3)(e)(ii)(B)
117 shall include a parent education component in which instruction or instructional materials are
118 made available to parents to assist parents in providing human sexuality instruction to their
121 an open and regular meeting of the local school board or charter school governing board for
122 which prior notice is given to parents and guardians of students attending schools in the district
123 and an opportunity for them to express their views and opinions on the materials at the
126 charter school governing board's decision; and
128 board to the State Board of Education of the action taken and the abstinence only instructional
129 materials adopted by the local school board or charter school governing board under
130 Subsections [
132 consistent and systematic in grades eight through 12.
133 (b) At the request of the [
134 shall cooperate with the board in developing programs to provide instruction in those areas.
136 (i) provide that the parental consent requirements of Sections 76-7-322 and 76-7-323
137 are complied with; and
138 (ii) require a student's parent or legal guardian to be notified in advance and have an
139 opportunity to review the information for which parental consent is required under Sections
140 76-7-322 and 76-7-323 .
141 (b) The [
142 action for violation of Section 76-7-322 or 76-7-323 .
144 school employees and volunteers serve as examples to their students, school employees or
145 volunteers acting in their official capacities may not support or encourage criminal conduct by
146 students, teachers, or volunteers.
147 (b) To ensure the effective performance of school personnel, the limitations described
148 in Subsection [
149 official capacities if:
150 (i) they knew or should have known that their action could result in a material and
151 substantial interference or disruption in the normal activities of the school; and
152 (ii) that action does result in a material and substantial interference or disruption in the
153 normal activities of the school.
154 (c) Neither the State Office of Education [
155 schools may provide training of school employees or volunteers that supports or encourages
156 criminal conduct.
157 (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules implementing this section.
158 (e) Nothing in this section limits the ability or authority of the State Board of
159 Education [
160 rules or take actions that are otherwise lawful, regarding educators', employees', or volunteers'
161 qualifications or behavior evidencing unfitness for duty.
163 religious, or denominational doctrine may not be taught in the public schools.
165 shall cooperate and share responsibility in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.
166 (b) Each school district and charter school shall provide appropriate inservice training
167 for its teachers, counselors, and school administrators to enable them to understand, protect,
168 and properly instruct students in the values and character traits referred to in this section and
169 Sections 53A-13-101.1 , 53A-13-101.2 , 53A-13-101.3 , 53A-13-109 , 53A-13-301 , and
170 53A-13-302 and distribute appropriate written materials on the values, character traits, and
171 conduct to each individual receiving the inservice training.
172 (c) The written materials shall also be made available to classified employees, students,
173 and parents and guardians of students.
174 (d) In order to assist school districts in providing the inservice training required under
175 Subsection [
176 qualified individual or entity possessing expertise in the areas referred to in Subsection [
177 (8)(b) to develop and disseminate model teacher inservice programs which districts may use to
178 train the individuals referred to in Subsection [
179 qualities of character referenced in that subsection.
180 (e) In accordance with the provisions of Subsection [
181 not support or encourage criminal conduct.
183 this section, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is found to be
184 unconstitutional, the balance of this section shall be given effect without the invalid provision,
185 subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word.
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