The Florida Department of Education announced on July 25 that they intend to proceed with the proposed rule requiring school districts to adopt a policy to fully inform parents of lodging and other details concerning overnight field trips.
The regulation is being implemented to align the department’s policies with Florida’s Parental Bill of Rights law passed in 2021.
Under the law, the department must review and update “school counseling frameworks and standards; educator practices and professional conduct principles and any other student services personnel guidelines” to align with the new law by June 30, 2023.
The new rule requires notification to parents, including details such as “the nature of the field trip, the dates and times, specific locations and types of establishments to be visited, modes of transportation and method of student supervision provided, such as anticipated number of chaperones.”
Additionally, the rule will require to specify “Whether room assignments for overnight lodging will be separated by biological sex at birth,” and school districts must have procedures for overnight lodging or modifications to “ensure that all eligible students have the opportunity to participate in the field trip.”
Also, according to the publication released by the DOE, the rule applies to extracurricular activities and supplemental programs like tutoring.
In a recent Leon County School Board meeting on June 28, the Board discussed how to proceed with transgender students who want to room with the sex they identify with rather than their biological sex.
During the meeting, when the district’s Inclusive Guide was adopted, it was determined that parents who want their child rooming with the same biological sex would be required to complete a form requesting special accommodations.
A workshop on the proposed FDOE rule will be held at 9 a.m. on August 17 at the Pensacola State College Switzer Center for Visual Arts.