Florida - Parent Supports and Education Programs: Stakeholders

Policy Type: 

State law encourages districts to implement parent education or support programs to address family needs.

Florida Statutes 381.0057 Funding for school health services

(3) ...Funding shall be available specifically for implementation of one of the following programs:

  • (c) Full service schools. — The full-service schools shall integrate the services of the Department of Health that are critical to the continuity-of-care process. The department shall provide services to students on the school grounds. Department personnel shall provide their specialized services as an extension of the educational environment. Such services may include nutritional services, medical services, aid to dependent children, parenting skills, counseling for abused children, and education for the students’ parents or guardians.
    Funding may also be available for any other program that is comparable to a program described in this subsection but is designed to meet the particular needs of the community.

(4) In addition to the merits of a proposal, selection shall be based on those school districts or schools that most closely meet the following criteria:

  • (a) Have evidence of a comprehensive inservice staff development plan to ensure delivery of appropriate curriculum.
  • (b) Have evidence of a cooperative working relationship between the county health department and the school district or school and have community as well as parental support.
  • (c) Have a high percentage of subsidized school lunches.
  • (d) Have a high incidence of medically underserved high-risk children, low birthweight babies, infant mortality, or teenage pregnancy.

(5) Each school district or school program that is funded through the provisions of this section shall provide a mechanism through which a parent may, by written request, exempt a child from all or certain services provided by a school health services program described in subsection (3).

(6) The services provided by a comprehensive school health program must focus attention on promoting the health of students, reducing risk-taking behavior, and reducing teen pregnancy. Services provided under this section are in addition to the services provided under s. 381.0056 and are intended to supplement, rather than supplant, those services.

Policy Links: