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H.B. 189

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Chief Sponsor: Lynn N. Hemingway

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to health courses taught in public schools.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    requires instruction in health in the public schools to be age-appropriate and
             14      medically accurate;
             15          .    provides components of instruction for health courses; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          53A-13-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 196
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 53A-13-101 is amended to read:
             27           53A-13-101. Instruction in health -- Parental consent requirements -- Conduct

             28      and speech of school employees and volunteers -- Political and religious doctrine
             29      prohibited.
             30          (1) (a) The State Board of Education shall establish curriculum requirements under
             31      Section 53A-1-402 , that include instruction in:
             32          (i) community and personal health;
             33          (ii) physiology;
             34          (iii) personal hygiene; and
             35          (iv) prevention of communicable disease.
             36          (b) (i) That instruction shall stress:
             37          (A) the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity
             38      after marriage as methods for preventing certain communicable diseases; and
             39          (B) personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.
             40          (ii) (A) At no time may instruction be provided, including responses to spontaneous
             41      questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or encourage the
             42      violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult.
             43          (B) Subsection (1)(b)(ii)(A) does not preclude an instructor from responding to a
             44      spontaneous question as long as the response is consistent with the provisions of this section.
             45          (c) (i) The board shall recommend instructional materials for use in the curricula
             46      required under Subsection (1)(a) after considering evaluations of instructional materials by the
             47      State Instructional Materials Commission and the Department of Health.
             48          (ii) A local school board may choose to adopt:
             49          (A) the instructional materials recommended under Subsection (1)(c)(i); or
             50          (B) other instructional materials as provided in state board rule.
             51          (iii) The state board rule made under Subsection (1)(c)(ii)(B) shall include, at a
             52      minimum:
             53          (A) that the materials adopted by a local school board under Subsection (1)(c)(ii)(B)
             54      shall be based upon recommendations of the school district's Curriculum Materials Review
             55      Committee that comply with state law and state board rules emphasizing abstinence before
             56      marriage and fidelity after marriage, and prohibiting instruction in:
             57          (I) the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior;
             58          (II) the advocacy of homosexuality; H. [ or ]

             59           [ [ ] (III) the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or
             59a      devices;
             60      or
[ ] ] .H
             61          [(IV)] (III) the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage;
             62          (B) that the adoption of instructional materials shall take place in an open and regular
             63      meeting of the local school board for which prior notice is given to parents and guardians of
             64      students attending schools in the district and an opportunity for them to express their views and
             65      opinions on the materials at the meeting;
             66          (C) provision for an appeal and review process of the local school board's decision; and
             67          (D) provision for a report by the local school board to the State Board of Education of
             68      the action taken and the materials adopted by the local school board under Subsections
             69      (1)(c)(ii)(B) and (1)(c)(iii).
             70          (2) (a) Instruction in the courses described in Subsection (1) shall be medically
             71      accurate, age-appropriate, consistent, and systematic in grades eight through 12[.], and shall
             72      include the following components of instruction:
             73          (i) teaches that abstinence is the only sure way to avoid pregnancy or sexually
             74      transmitted diseases;
             75          (ii) stresses the value of abstinence while not ignoring those adolescents who have had
             76      or who are having sexual intercourse;
             77          (iii) encourages family communication about sexuality among parents, other adult
             78      household members, and children;
             79          (iv) provides information about the health benefits H. [ , ] and .H side H. [ benefits, and
             79a      proper use ] effects .H of all
             80      contraceptives and barrier methods as a means to prevent pregnancy, including accurate
             81      information about effectiveness;
             82          (v) provides information about the health benefits H. [ , ] and .H side effects H. [ , and
             82a      proper use ] .H of all
             83      contraceptives and barrier methods as a means to reduce the risk of contracting sexually
             84      transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases;
             85          (vi) encourages young people to practice healthy life skills, including goal setting,
             86      decision making, negotiation, communication, and stress management;
             87          (vii) teaches how alcohol and drug use can affect responsible decision making;
             88          (viii) promotes self-esteem and positive interpersonal skills focusing on relationship
             89      skills, H. [ including platonic, romantic, intimate, and ] .H family relationships and interaction;
             89a      and

             90          (ix) helps young people to gain knowledge about the physical, biological, and
             91      hormonal changes of adolescence and subsequent stages of human maturation.
             92          (b) At the request of the board, the Department of Health shall cooperate with the board
             93      in developing programs to provide instruction in those areas.
             94          (c) As used in this section, "medically accurate" means verified or supported by
             95      research conducted in compliance with scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed
             96      journals, where appropriate, and recognized as accurate and objective by professional
             97      organizations and agencies with expertise in the relevant field, including the federal Centers for
             98      Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
             99          (3) (a) The board shall adopt rules that:
             100          (i) provide that the parental consent requirements of Sections 76-7-322 and 76-7-323
             101      are complied with; and
             102          (ii) require a student's parent or legal guardian to be notified in advance and have an
             103      opportunity to review the information for which parental consent is required under Sections
             104      76-7-322 and 76-7-323 .
             105          (b) The board shall also provide procedures for disciplinary action for violation of
             106      Section 76-7-322 or 76-7-323 .
             107          (4) (a) In keeping with the requirements of Section 53A-13-109 , and because school
             108      employees and volunteers serve as examples to their students, school employees or volunteers
             109      acting in their official capacities may not support or encourage criminal conduct by students,
             110      teachers, or volunteers.
             111          (b) To ensure the effective performance of school personnel, the limitations described
             112      in Subsection (4)(a) also apply to school employees or volunteers acting outside of their official
             113      capacities if:
             114          (i) they knew or should have known that their action could result in a material and
             115      substantial interference or disruption in the normal activities of the school; and
             116          (ii) that action does result in a material and substantial interference or disruption in the
             117      normal activities of the school.
             118          (c) Neither the State Office of Education nor local school districts may provide training
             119      of school employees or volunteers that supports or encourages criminal conduct.
             120          (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules implementing this section.

             121          (e) Nothing in this section limits the ability or authority of the State Board of
             122      Education and local school boards to enact and enforce rules or take actions that are otherwise
             123      lawful, regarding educators', employees', or volunteers' qualifications or behavior evidencing
             124      unfitness for duty.
             125          (5) Except as provided in Section 53A-13-101.1 , political, atheistic, sectarian,
             126      religious, or denominational doctrine may not be taught in the public schools.
             127          (6) (a) Local school boards and their employees shall cooperate and share
             128      responsibility in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.
             129          (b) Each school district shall provide appropriate inservice training for its teachers,
             130      counselors, and school administrators to enable them to understand, protect, and properly
             131      instruct students in the values and character traits referred to in this section and Sections
             132      53A-13-101.1 , 53A-13-101.2 , 53A-13-101.3 , 53A-13-109 , 53A-13-301 , and 53A-13-302 and
             133      distribute appropriate written materials on the values, character traits, and conduct to each
             134      individual receiving the inservice training.
             135          (c) The written materials shall also be made available to classified employees, students,
             136      and parents and guardians of students.
             137          (d) In order to assist school districts in providing the inservice training required under
             138      Subsection (6)(b), the State Board of Education shall as appropriate, contract with a qualified
             139      individual or entity possessing expertise in the areas referred to in Subsection (6)(b) to develop
             140      and disseminate model teacher inservice programs which districts may use to train the
             141      individuals referred to in Subsection (6)(b) to effectively teach the values and qualities of
             142      character referenced in that subsection.
             143          (e) In accordance with the provisions of Subsection (4)(c), inservice training may not
             144      support or encourage criminal conduct.
             145          (7) If any one or more provision, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this
             146      section, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is found to be
             147      unconstitutional, the balance of this section shall be given effect without the invalid provision,
             148      subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word.

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