(5) Prevention of child abuse.
(6) The physical, mental, emotional, social, economic
(7) Parenting skill development.
The State Board of Education shall assist those districts offering
parenting education instruction, upon request, in developing instructional
materials, training teachers, and establishing appropriate time allotments
for each of the areas included in such instruction.
School districts may offer parenting education courses during that period
of the day which is not part of the regular school day. Residents of
the school district may enroll in such courses. The school board may
establish fees and collect such charges as may be necessary for attendance
at such courses in an amount not to exceed the per capita cost of the
operation thereof, except that the board may waive all or part of such
charges if it determines that the individual is indigent or that the
educational needs of the individual requires his or her attendance at such courses.
(b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, from appropriations made for the purposes of this Section, the State Board of Education shall implement and administer a 3-year pilot program supporting the health and wellness student-learning requirement by utilizing a unit of instruction on parenting education in participating school districts that maintain grades 9 through 12, to be determined by the participating school districts. The program is encouraged to include, but is not be limited to, instruction on (i) family structure, function, and management, (ii) the prevention of child abuse, (iii) the physical, mental, emotional, social, economic, and psychological aspects of interpersonal and family relationships, and (iv) parenting education competency development that is aligned to the social and emotional learning standards of the student's grade level. Instruction under this subsection (b) may be included in the Comprehensive Health Education Program set forth under Section 3 of the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. The State Board of Education is authorized to make grants to school districts that apply to participate in the pilot program under this subsection (b). The State Board of Education shall by rule provide for the form of the application and criteria to be used and applied in selecting participating urban, suburban, and rural school districts. The provisions of this subsection (b), other than this sentence, are inoperative at the conclusion of the pilot program.
(Source: P.A. 100-1043, eff. 8-23-18.)