Starkville schools to teach abstinence-plus

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — The Starkville School Board has adopted an abstinence-plus policy for the teaching of sex education in the 2012-2013 school year.

The Starkville Daily News reports that the decision came Tuesday.

Currently, the district is teaching “health promotion and disease prevention” through health classes as outlined by the Mississippi Department of Education.

State law requires school districts to implement either an abstinence-only or an abstinence-plus policy by the 2012-2013 school year.

Abstinence-plus programs have more leeway to discuss condoms and contraceptives but are still required to provide the risks and failure rates.

The abstinence-only programs include discussion of condoms and contraceptives if they give the risks and failure rates of each.