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Massachusetts: Springfield Approves School Condom Policy

April 6, 2012

The Springfield School Committee on Thursday night approved a policy allowing students in city middle and high schools to access condoms beginning Sept. 1. School nurses and health clinics will distribute condoms to students who request them; however, the youths must receive counseling, including a discussion of abstinence, and instruction on how to use and store condoms. Parents have the option of signing a form barring their children from obtaining condoms. The policy passed in a 4-3 vote.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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