By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA— The school systems in Philadelphia and Neshoba County have adopted an abstinence-only policy for sex education classes in the fall.
Mississippi schools have until June 30 to decide how to incorporate sex education classes into the curriculum for the 2012-13 school year.
The Neshoba Democrat reports the program will be taught initially to seventh graders.
The state is requiring that every district teach either abstinence plus — which includes information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — or abstinence only.
Students will be separated by gender. Parents will have the option of opting in or out of the class.
Abstinence-only prohibits discussion of abortion. Contraception can be discussed, but not demonstrated.
The curriculum is approved by the state Department of Education.