The Leon County School Board heard a legislative update during their last school board meeting on January 25 by Jessica Janasiewicz, who is with Rutledge Ecenia P.A., a governmental consultant firm.
During the presentation, the consultant touched on legislation related to parental rights in education, HB 1557/SB 1834.
The bill currently requires:
• School districts must adopt procedures for notifying parents if there is a change in their student’s services or monitoring related to a student’s mental, emotional, or physical health or wellbeing.
• Prohibits school districts from maintaining procedures that withhold or encourage students to withhold such information from parents.
• Restricts discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity to only age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate for students.
• Prohibits a school district from encouraging discussions of these topics in primary grades.
The Board will get additional updates during future school board meetings.