SB 660/ HB 561
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)/Schools:
The Senate Bill was filed on 1/18/07, with committee assignments pending. The House Bill was filed 01/23/07. On 01/31/07, the House referred the bill to the Schools & Learning Council and the Policy & Budget Council.
SB 660 and HB 561:
Requires all Florida private and public middle schools to provide information to students who are 11 and 12 years of age and their parents concerning the human papillomavirus (HPV), its vaccine, and cervical cancer.
Prohibits those students from being admitted into school without evidence of vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV).
Provides that a principal may not knowingly admit certain students into school without evidence of vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV).
Requires the student to submit to the school acceptable evidence of the vaccination.
Requires the student to apply for an exception and to submit to the school proof that her parent or guardian has elected that she not receive the vaccine.
Requires the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Health, to prescribe the content of the information regarding the connection between the HPV and cervical cancer and the availability of a HPV vaccine.
Home school parents should follow this bill closely. The provision relating to a principal's duties may affect a home schooled student wanting to take courses in a private or public school.