Reference is to the bill as introduced.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting all after the enacting words and inserting:
/ SECTION 1. Section 59-32-10 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately numbered subsection at the end to read:
"(8) 'Medically accurate information' means information supported by peer-reviewed research that complies with accepted scientific methods, published in or by medical, scientific, psychological, sociological, government, or public health publications, organizations, or agencies such as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the United States Health and Human Services Office of Health Administration."
SECTION 2. Section 59-32-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Before August 1, 1988, The board, through
the department, shall select or develop an a
medically-accurate instructional unit with separate
components addressing the subjects of reproductive health
education, family life education, pregnancy prevention
education, and sexually transmitted diseases and make the
instructional unit available to local school districts. The
board, through the department, also shall make
medically-accurate available information about other
programs developed by other states upon request of a local
SECTION 3. Section 59-32-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
(A) Pursuant to guidelines developed
by the board, each local school board shall implement the
following program of instruction:
Beginning with the 1988-89 school year,
For grades kindergarten through five, medically-accurate
instruction in comprehensive health education must include the
following subjects: community health, consumer health,
environmental health, growth and development, nutritional
health, personal health, prevention and control of diseases and
disorders, safety and accident prevention, substance use and
abuse, dental health, and mental and emotional health. Sexually
transmitted diseases as defined in the annual Department of
Health and Environmental Control List of Reportable Diseases are
to be excluded from instruction on the prevention and control of
diseases and disorders. At the discretion of the local board,
age-appropriate medically-accurate instruction in
reproductive health may be included.
Beginning with the 1988-89 school year,
For grades six through eight, medically-accurate
instruction in comprehensive health must include the following
subjects: community health, consumer health, environmental
health, growth and development, nutritional health, personal
health, prevention and control of diseases and disorders, safety
and accident prevention, substance use and abuse, dental health,
mental and emotional health, and reproductive health education.
Sexually transmitted diseases are to be included as a part of
instruction. At the discretion of the local board, instruction
in family life education or pregnancy prevention education or
both may be included, but instruction in these subjects may not
include an explanation of the methods of contraception before
the sixth grade.
Beginning with the 1989-90 school year,
At least one time during the four years of grades nine through
twelve, each student shall receive medically-accurate
instruction in comprehensive health education, including at
least seven hundred fifty minutes of reproductive health
education and pregnancy prevention education.
(4) The South Carolina Educational Television Commission shall work with the department in developing medically-accurate instructional programs and materials that may be available to the school districts. Films and other materials may be designed for the purpose of explaining bodily functions or the human reproductive process. These materials may not contain actual or simulated portrayals of sexual activities or sexual intercourse.
(5) The program of medically-accurate instruction provided for in this section may not include a discussion of alternate sexual lifestyles from heterosexual relationships including, but not limited to, homosexual relationships except in the context of instruction concerning sexually transmitted diseases.
(6) In grades nine through twelve, students must also be given medically-accurate and appropriate instruction that adoption is a positive alternative.
(B) Local school boards may use the medically-accurate instructional unit made available by the board pursuant to Section 59-32-20, or local boards may develop or select their own medically-accurate instructional materials addressing the subjects of reproductive health education, family life education, and pregnancy prevention education. To assist in the selection of components and curriculum materials, each local school board shall appoint a thirteen-member local advisory committee consisting of two parents, three clergy, two health professionals, two teachers, two students, one being the president of the student body of a high school, and two other persons not employed by the local school district.
(C) The time required for health instruction for students in kindergarten through eighth grade must not be reduced below the level required during the 1986-87 school year. Medically-accurate health instruction for students in grades nine through twelve may be given either as part of an existing course or as a special course.
(D) No contraceptive device or contraceptive medication may be distributed in or on the school grounds of any public elementary or secondary school. No school district may contract with any contraceptive provider for their distribution in or on the school grounds. Except as to that instruction provided by this chapter relating to complications which may develop from all types of abortions, school districts may not offer programs, instruction, or activities including abortion counseling, information about abortion services, or assist in obtaining abortion, and materials containing this information must not be distributed in schools. Nothing in this section prevents school authorities from referring students to a physician for medical reasons after making reasonable efforts to notify the student's parents or legal guardians or the appropriate court, if applicable.
(E) Any course or instruction in sexually transmitted diseases must be taught within the reproductive health, family life, or pregnancy prevention education components, or it must be presented as a separate component.
(F) Instruction in pregnancy prevention education must be presented separately to male and female students."
SECTION 4. Section 59-32-40 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
(A) As part of their program
for staff development, the department and local school boards
shall provide appropriate staff development activities for
educational personnel participating in the comprehensive health
education program. Local school boards are encouraged to
coordinate the activities with the department and institutions
of higher learning.
(B) No later than August 1, 2020, school district employees responsible for teaching comprehensive health education must hold current certification in health education that is issued by the department."
SECTION 5. Section 59-32-60 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-32-60. The department shall assure district compliance with this chapter. Each local school board shall consider the programs addressed in this chapter in developing its annual district report. The department shall withhold one percent of funding allocated to that district until the report is filed. Each local school district shall publish on its website the title and publisher of any and all health education materials they have approved, adopted, and use in the classroom."
SECTION 6. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.