Public school officials in Springfield, Massachusetts will be mailing letters and making telephone calls to the parents and guardians of thousands of middle and school students to let them know about the district’s new condom availability policy.
Starting September 1, condoms will be available to students from school nurses. parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to condoms can opt-out of the policy, but at least one school committee member has called idea that condoms could be given out in school to 12-year-olds, “unnerving.”
The second largest public school system in Massachusetts will make condoms available to students as young as 12 with the start of the new school year next week. The condom availability in the Springfield schools is part of a comprehensive effort to combat high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The second largest public school system in Massachusetts is going to make condoms available to students as young as 12 beginning this fall. The school committee in Springfield, Thursday night, approved a condom availability policy that proponents say will become part of a comprehensive effort to combat one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.