Tenn. Code § 49-6-1304

Current through Acts 2023-2024, ch. 963
Section 49-6-1304 - [Effective Until 7/1/2024] Family life instruction
(a) A family life curriculum shall, to the extent that the topic and the manner of communication is age-appropriate:
(1) Emphatically promote only sexual risk avoidance through abstinence, regardless of a student's current or prior sexual experience;
(2) Encourage sexual health by helping students understand how sexual activity affects the whole person including the physical, social, emotional, psychological, economic and educational consequences of nonmarital sexual activity;
(3) Teach the positive results of avoiding sexual activity, the skills needed to make healthy decisions, the advantages of and skills for student success in pursuing educational and life goals, the components of healthy relationships, and the social science research supporting the benefits of reserving the expression of human sexual activity for marriage;
(4) Provide factually and medically-accurate information;
(5) Teach students how to form pro-social habits that enable students to develop healthy relationships, create strong marriages, and form safe and stable future families;
(6) Encourage students to communicate with a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult about sex or other risk behaviors;
(7) Assist students in learning and practicing refusal skills that will help them resist sexual activity;
(8) Address the benefits of raising children within the context of a marital relationship and the unique challenges that single teen parents encounter in relation to educational, psychological, physical, social, legal, and financial factors;
(9) Discuss the interrelationship between teen sexual activity and exposure to other risk behaviors such as smoking, underage drinking, drug use, criminal activity, dating violence, and sexual aggression;
(10) Educate students on the age of consent, puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, sexually transmitted diseases, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, and the financial and emotional responsibility of raising a child;
(11) Teach students how to identify and form healthy relationships, and how to identify and avoid unhealthy relationships;
(12) Notwithstanding § 49-6-1302(a)(1), inform students, in all LEAs, concerning the process of adoption and its benefits. The state board of education, with the assistance of the department of education, shall develop guidelines for appropriate kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) instruction on adoption, what adoption is, and the benefits of adoption. The guidelines shall be distributed by the department of education to each LEA by the start of the 2015-2016 school year;
(13) Provide instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of:
(A) Child sexual abuse, including such abuse that may occur in the home, in accordance with the declarations and requirements of §§ 37-1-601(a) and 37-1-603(b)(3); and
(B) Human trafficking in which the victim is a child. The instruction provided under this subdivision (a)(13)(B) must be accomplished through the viewing of a video recording approved by the LEA; and
(14) Provide instruction on the prevention of dating violence.
(b) Instruction of the family life curriculum shall not:
(1) Promote, implicitly or explicitly, any gateway sexual activity or health message that encourages students to experiment with noncoital sexual activity;
(2) Provide or distribute materials on school grounds that condone, encourage or promote student sexual activity among unmarried students;
(3) Display or conduct demonstrations with devices specifically manufactured for sexual stimulation; or
(4) Distribute contraception on school property; provided, however, that medically accurate information about contraception and condoms that is consistent with public policy may be provided so long as the information is:
(A) Presented in a manner consistent with this part and that clearly informs students that while such methods may reduce the risk of acquiring sexually transmitted diseases or becoming pregnant, only abstinence removes all risk;
(B) Reviewed and approved by the local board of education or charter school governing body, prior to the information being used by the LEA or public charter school in a family life curriculum, to ensure that it is:
(i) Medically accurate;
(ii) Age appropriate;
(iii) In compliance with this part; and
(iv) Aligned to academic standards in this state; and
(C) Provided, upon request, to a parent of a student attending a school in the LEA or charter school, to allow the parent to review the information and to opt the parent's student out of receiving the information as part of a family life curriculum, without penalty.
(c) A family life curriculum that directly or indirectly addresses human growth, human development, or human sexuality must include the presentation of a high-quality, computer-generated animation or high-definition ultrasound of at least three (3) minutes in duration that shows the development of the brain, heart, and other vital organs in early fetal development, such as "Meet Baby Olivia," a high-quality, computer-generated animation developed by Live Action that shows the process of fertilization and the stages of human development inside the uterus.

T.C.A. § 49-6-1304

Amended by 2024 Tenn. Acts, ch. 795,s 2, eff. 4/23/2024.
Amended by 2021 Tenn. Acts, ch. 380, s 1, eff. 7/1/2021.
Amended by 2020 Tenn. Acts, ch. 736, s 1, eff. 8/1/2020.
Amended by 2019 Tenn. Acts, ch. 269, s 1, eff. 7/1/2019.
Amended by 2018 Tenn. Acts, ch. 609, s 1, eff. 4/2/2018.
Amended by 2015 Tenn. Acts, ch. 83, s 1, eff. 4/9/2015.
Amended by 2014 Tenn. Acts, ch. 878, Secs.s 2, s 3 eff. 5/1/2014.
Acts 2012 , ch. 973, § 2.
This section is set out more than once due to postponed, multiple, or conflicting amendments.