Texas: Sex Education Program to Focus on Abstinence, District Says
January 21, 2011
The La Porte Independent School District recently won a CDC grant in recognition of its health initiatives. The district's health advisory council won the $4,500 grant to help it implement school health programs with a focus on education and HIV prevention. The grant came with the "Characteristics of an Effective School Health Advisory Council Award," which was given by the Region 13 Education Service Center and the Texas Education Agency.
The advisory council has earmarked the grant for the "Choosing the Best" abstinence-only program for sixth-graders.
"We felt that this was an area where we were not educating our students the way we needed to in sex education," said April Fox, the district's director of student support services.
A University of Texas study found that a majority of Harris County parents believe the schools need to do more in regards to sex education, said Laura Lynch, the district's head nurse and council co-chair. "We don't want any of our children to make a poor decision that affects the ability to focus on academics," Lynch said.
01.20.2011; Annette Baird
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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