Columbus, Lowndes County schools deciding about sex education classes

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Schools in Columbus and Lowndes County have not decided on how to handle state required sex education classes.

Mississippi schools have nine months to decide how to incorporate “abstinence-only” or “abstinence-plus” classes into the curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year.

State law allows abstinence-only programs to include discussion of condoms and contraceptives if they give the risks and failure rates of each. Abstinence-plus programs have more leeway to discuss condoms and contraceptives but are still required to provide the risks and failure rates.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that the Lowndes County School District is not expected to make a decision until the new superintendent is elected in the Nov. 8 general election.

Columbus school officials say they have not formally discussed the issue.