Leflore decides on sex education program

By The Associated Press

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — The Leflore County school system has adopted an abstinence-plus policy for sex education classes in the fall. The classes will be in high schools, and parents will have to choose whether their children attend.

Boys and girls will be separated.

The county school board adopted the program this past week.

Mississippi schools have until June 30 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 Greenwood School Board will vote on a policy next month.

The curriculum is approved by the state Department of Education.