Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)
Child Trafficking Rule Frequently Asked Questions
Development of Implementation Plans
1. When are school district implementation plans due?
Implementation plans are due by December 1st of each year.
2. How will the school districts submit their implementation plans?
By email and posted on school district webpages.
Implementation plans must be submitted to the Commissioner of Education at the email address indicated on the rule announcements. Implementation plans must also be posted on each school districts website.
The email address to submit each implementation plan is provided below.
3. Is using the sample implementation plan template from the FDOE mandatory or optional?
Optional at this time.
4. Should the plans for each grade level be listed separately?
Implementation plans should reflect one entry for each grade level. If instruction will occur in classes with multiple grade levels, for example a HOPE class, school districts should repeat the plans for implementation within each grade level entry.
5. When listing subject areas for a school that chose to hold an assembly, should all subject area(s) and courses be listed on the implementation plans if information is provided to a group?
In addition to large group gatherings such as assemblies, school districts are encouraged to provide opportunities for small group discussion and collaboration about this health education instruction.
6. Should school districts include specific course numbers or course titles in the implementation plans?
The sample implementation plan template does not require reporting specific course numbers or course names.
School districts must report the “specific subject area(s) of the courses in which instruction will be delivered”.
The implementation plan template also recommends reporting the rationale for delivering the instruction in the subject area(s) selected by the district.
7. Should the names of professionals delivering the instruction be provided on the implementation plans?
The rule requires reporting the qualification(s) of the instructors of the courses in which instruction will be delivered.
Examples of how qualifications should be listed are provided in the FDOE sample template and include: Florida Certified Teacher, Community-based Expert, School Nurse, School Counselor, School Psychologist, and Other.
8. Where can school districts access the link to the optional implementation plan template provided by FDOE?
The link to the implementation plan templates can be found here under “Health Education Related Rule Information”. Upon completion of the form, school districts can save the plan as a PDF and upload the form to their school district website.
9. Should a specific school district designee approve and submit the implementation plan?
The implementation plan does not have to be submitted by a specific school district representative.
Local school districts have the authority to determine the processes for local approval and appointment of a local designee or contact responsible for submitting each of the three required implementation plans.
10. Will the implementation plans be approved or denied?
Implementation plans for the health education rules serve as an explanation about the processes school districts will use to implement the requirements of the rules. These implementation plans serve as a precursor to the detailed annual reports that must be submitted by July 1st of each year.
11. Is the implementation plan template the same as the annual report template?
Further information about procedures for submission of final reports are forthcoming.
12. If a district makes edits to an implementation plan after it has been submitted to FDOE, does the updated plan need to be resubmitted to the Department?
If a district makes any edits to one of the implementation plans they should resubmit the updated plan to the Department and post the updated version on their district website.
13. Is there a sample implementation plan from another district?
We do not have a sample implementation plan yet as all school districts are currently developing their plans.
14. Can statements on the implementation plan repeat if they apply to multiple grade levels?
Please be as specific as possible in your overall descriptions per grade level.
15. Are charter schools or private schools required to provide the instruction referenced in these rules?
These rules implement Section 1003.42, Florida Statutes, Required Instruction. Charter schools are exempt from many statutes in the educational code (Section 1002.33(16), F.S.), with a few exceptions, and 1003.42 is not one of the listed statutes that require charter school compliance. We have heard from many charter school operators that do intend to meet this requirement as they believe it is in the best interest of students. Charter schools who choose to implement this instruction should report their plans to their school district for inclusion in the collective implementation plan reports.
16. How does a school district determine if a resource is age appropriate?
The content needs to support the age appropriate health standards for each grade level.
17. Is there a required completion percentage/rate?
This is required instruction for all students.
Schools should provide various opportunities for students to receive this instruction.
18. Are there specific standards associated with these rules?
Comprehensive health education standards, Florida State Statute 1003.42, are directly aligned to the requirements of these rules.
19. Can parents opt out of the child trafficking instruction?
This is a state mandated rule that all students have age appropriate child trafficking instruction annually.
20. Can child trafficking prevention education instruction be delivered online?
This is a local school district decision.
21. Should non-instructional staff receive professional development regarding child trafficking?
22. Can we start the child trafficking prevention education training with a select group of students for this school year and expand in later years?
School districts must provide annual instruction to students in grades K-12 related to child trafficking prevention and awareness. Districts can stagger instruction throughout the year. However, all students must be provided this required instruction.