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H.B. 307





Chief Sponsor: Carol Spackman Moss

Senate Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions related to public school instruction in health to include
             10      instruction in lifesaving emergency procedures.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires the State Board of Education to include instruction in lifesaving emergency
             14      procedures, including instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in the
             15      core curriculum standards for instruction in health.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          This bill appropriates:
             18          .    to the State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education, as an ongoing
             19      appropriation:
             20              .    from the Education Fund, $200,000.
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          This bill provides an effective date.
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53A-13-101, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2004, Chapter 196
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 53A-13-101 is amended to read:
             29           53A-13-101. Instruction in health -- Parental consent requirements -- Conduct
             30      and speech of school employees and volunteers -- Political and religious doctrine
             31      prohibited.
             32          (1) (a) The State Board of Education shall establish curriculum requirements under
             33      Section 53A-1-402 , that include instruction in:
             34          (i) community and personal health;
             35          (ii) physiology;
             36          (iii) personal hygiene; and
             37          (iv) prevention of communicable disease.
             38          (b) (i) That instruction shall stress:
             39          (A) the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity
             40      after marriage as methods for preventing certain communicable diseases; and
             41          (B) personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.
             42          (ii) (A) At no time may instruction be provided, including responses to spontaneous
             43      questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or encourage the
             44      violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult.
             45          (B) Subsection (1)(b)(ii)(A) does not preclude an instructor from responding to a
             46      spontaneous question as long as the response is consistent with the provisions of this section.
             47          (c) (i) The board shall recommend instructional materials for use in the curricula
             48      required under Subsection (1)(a) after considering evaluations of instructional materials by the
             49      State Instructional Materials Commission.
             50          (ii) A local school board may choose to adopt:
             51          (A) the instructional materials recommended under Subsection (1)(c)(i); or
             52          (B) other instructional materials as provided in state board rule.
             53          (iii) The state board rule made under Subsection (1)(c)(ii)(B) shall include, at a
             54      minimum:
             55          (A) that the materials adopted by a local school board under Subsection (1)(c)(ii)(B)
             56      shall be based upon recommendations of the school district's Curriculum Materials Review
             57      Committee that comply with state law and state board rules emphasizing abstinence before
             58      marriage and fidelity after marriage, and prohibiting instruction in:

             59          (I) the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior;
             60          (II) the advocacy of homosexuality;
             61          (III) the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or
             62          (IV) the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage;
             63          (B) that the adoption of instructional materials shall take place in an open and regular
             64      meeting of the local school board for which prior notice is given to parents and guardians of
             65      students attending schools in the district and an opportunity for them to express their views and
             66      opinions on the materials at the meeting;
             67          (C) provision for an appeal and review process of the local school board's decision; and
             68          (D) provision for a report by the local school board to the State Board of Education of
             69      the action taken and the materials adopted by the local school board under Subsections
             70      (1)(c)(ii)(B) and (1)(c)(iii).
             71          (2) (a) Instruction in the courses described in Subsection (1) shall be consistent and
             72      systematic in grades eight through 12.
             73          (b) At the request of the board, the Department of Health shall cooperate with the board
             74      in developing programs to provide instruction in those areas.
             75          (3) (a) The board shall adopt rules that:
             76          (i) provide that the parental consent requirements of Sections 76-7-322 and 76-7-323
             77      are complied with; and
             78          (ii) require a student's parent or legal guardian to be notified in advance and have an
             79      opportunity to review the information for which parental consent is required under Sections
             80      76-7-322 and 76-7-323 .
             81          (b) The board shall also provide procedures for disciplinary action for violation of
             82      Section 76-7-322 or 76-7-323 .
             83          (4) (a) In keeping with the requirements of Section 53A-13-109 , and because school
             84      employees and volunteers serve as examples to their students, school employees or volunteers
             85      acting in their official capacities may not support or encourage criminal conduct by students,
             86      teachers, or volunteers.
             87          (b) To ensure the effective performance of school personnel, the limitations described
             88      in Subsection (4)(a) also apply to school employees or volunteers acting outside of their official
             89      capacities if:

             90          (i) they knew or should have known that their action could result in a material and
             91      substantial interference or disruption in the normal activities of the school; and
             92          (ii) that action does result in a material and substantial interference or disruption in the
             93      normal activities of the school.
             94          (c) Neither the State Office of Education nor local school districts may provide training
             95      of school employees or volunteers that supports or encourages criminal conduct.
             96          (d) The State Board of Education shall adopt rules implementing this section.
             97          (e) Nothing in this section limits the ability or authority of the State Board of
             98      Education and local school boards to enact and enforce rules or take actions that are otherwise
             99      lawful, regarding educators', employees', or volunteers' qualifications or behavior evidencing
             100      unfitness for duty.
             101          (5) Except as provided in Section 53A-13-101.1 , political, atheistic, sectarian,
             102      religious, or denominational doctrine may not be taught in the public schools.
             103          (6) (a) Local school boards and their employees shall cooperate and share
             104      responsibility in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.
             105          (b) Each school district shall provide appropriate inservice training for its teachers,
             106      counselors, and school administrators to enable them to understand, protect, and properly
             107      instruct students in the values and character traits referred to in this section and Sections
             108      53A-13-101.1 , 53A-13-101.2 , 53A-13-101.3 , 53A-13-109 , 53A-13-301 , and 53A-13-302 and
             109      distribute appropriate written materials on the values, character traits, and conduct to each
             110      individual receiving the inservice training.
             111          (c) The written materials shall also be made available to classified employees, students,
             112      and parents and guardians of students.
             113          (d) In order to assist school districts in providing the inservice training required under
             114      Subsection (6)(b), the State Board of Education shall as appropriate, contract with a qualified
             115      individual or entity possessing expertise in the areas referred to in Subsection (6)(b) to develop
             116      and disseminate model teacher inservice programs which districts may use to train the
             117      individuals referred to in Subsection (6)(b) to effectively teach the values and qualities of
             118      character referenced in that subsection.
             119          (e) In accordance with the provisions of Subsection (4)(c), inservice training may not
             120      support or encourage criminal conduct.

             121          (7) If any one or more provision, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this
             122      section, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is found to be
             123      unconstitutional, the balance of this section shall be given effect without the invalid provision,
             124      subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word.
             125          (8) The State Board of Education shall include instruction in lifesaving emergency
             126      procedures, including instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, (CPR), in the State Board
             127      of Education core curriculum standards for instruction in health.
             128          Section 2. Appropriation.
             129          Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures Act, for
             130      the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, and ending June 30, 2014, the following sums of money
             131      are appropriated from resources not otherwise appropriated, or reduced from amounts
             132      previously appropriated, out of the funds or accounts indicated. These sums of money are in
             133      addition to any amounts previously appropriated for fiscal year 2014.
             134          To State Board of Education - Utah State Office of Education
             135              From Education Fund                    $200,000
             136              Schedule of Programs:
             137                  Teaching and Learning            $200,000
             138          The Legislature intends that:
             139          (1) the appropriation for Teaching and Learning be used for instruction in lifesaving
             140      emergency procedures as required in Subsection 53A-13-101(8); and
             141          (2) the appropriation under this section:
             142          (a) be ongoing; and
             143          (b) not lapse at the close of fiscal year 2014.
             144          Section 3. Effective date.
             145          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 14, 2013.
             146          (2) Uncodified Section 2, Appropriation, takes effect on July 1, 2013.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-31-13 9:57 AM

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