Topics in Required Instruction (1003.42, F.S.)
The state of Florida authorizes course standards, course descriptions, and topics that must be covered within the articulated system of student progression. Course descriptions provide a topical and curricular overview specific to a course a student may encounter during their progression through the public education system. Course standards outline the student performance expectations associated with particular courses. 1003.42, F.S., adds to these a list of topical curricular ideas that, while not specific to a single particular course, are mandated for inclusion within the general curriculum for all students.
To read 1003.42, F.S., review the Online Sunshine link HERE.
On this web page, LCS Academic Services provides links and previews to the public so that our community may have access to items provided as resources for implementing required instructional topics. Please note that this list may not be exhaustive of all items used to meet the intent of 1003.42, F.S.
FLDOE Required Instruction Reporting Portal
Each school district in Florida is annually required to report the resources and manner in which the required instruction in 1003.42, F.S. is administered. This link provides access to the public view of the published report from each district in the state, including Leon County Schools.
Human Growth and Development
Human Growth and Development, outlined topically in 1003.42(1)(b), (2)(n)(1-3), (3) , F.S., is instructed through officially-adopted and standards-aligned materials for courses in science and biology and supplemented as necessary by the vetted resources housed within LCS Canvas. The link below provides a public preview of this content, including the parent opt-out letter. At each site, the process for opting a student out of this course of study will be initiated by the distribution of the opt-out letter. Letters will be returned to the site within a specified period of time before the curriculum is taught so that students whose families have opted them out will have an alternate plan of study.
African American History and Florida History
1003.42(2)(h) requires instruction on topics in African American history including the enslavement experience and abolition. 1003.42(2)(l) also requires instruction on the topic of the history of the state of Florida. In 2021, in alignment with the local recognition of May 20th as a City of Tallahassee holiday, LCS provided the lesson series available for preview below as an instructional resource tying these two areas of required instruction together to address local considerations in African American history and Florida history.
1003.42(2)(g)(1.-2.), F.S., requires instruction on the history of the Holocaust as well as recognition of Holocaust Education Week. In the fall of 2021, LCS educators utilized the resources available in the preview link below to supplement instruction in this topical area.