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MISSISSIPPI: Board Approves New School Sex Education Policy
Chris Allen Baker
January 12, 2012
Scott County Times (01.04.12) - Thursday, January 12, 2012

The board of trustees recently adopted a sex education policy for Forest Municipal School District, complying with a state law that makes sex education mandatory. Under the law, districts have until June 30, 2012, to adopt a policy to implement either abstinence-only or abstinence-plus education in their curriculum.

After the board tabled the issue in November, it came up for discussion at the Dec. 12 meeting. "If we do this we need to do it the right way," said Leslie Jones, a board member voicing support for an abstinence-plus curriculum. In short order, the board approved this approach and agreed to evaluate whether the district would hire a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse for the program.

Under state law, parents must consent to their child's participation in sex education lessons, and boys and girls are to be taught in separate classes.