FLORIDA BOARD OF EDUCATION ENACTS NEW RULES
The FLORIDA Board of Education enacts new rules that require Sunshine State schools to provide students with at least five hours of mental health instruction, beginning in the 6th grade. The instruction will require students to take courses aimed at helping them to identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness, find resources if they are battling with depression or other issues, and teach them how to help peers who are struggling with a mental health disorder. The start date is still to be determined (ORLANDO SENTINEL).
MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS HB 604
MISSOURI Gov. Mike Parson (R) signs HB 604, which among many things will require Show Me State public schools to perform criminal background checks on certain volunteers before they’re left alone with students or can access student records. The new law, which takes effect next year, also requires schools to share information on former employees who violate local policies against abuse of students (FOX4KC [KANSAS CITY]).
OREGON GOVERNOR SIGNS SB 663
OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signs SB 663, which requires that coursework on the Holocaust and other global cases of genocide be taught to age-appropriate students, starting at the beginning of the 2020 school year (KATU [PORTLAND]).
NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR SIGNS SB 142
NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signs SB 142, a bill that will require public schools to provide female students with free menstrual products. Those items will be made available in female and gender-neutral restrooms at public middle and high schools, with the cost borne by school districts (USA TODAY).