AMORY, Miss. (AP) — The Amory Public Schools has 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 Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ItkhVa) that the school acted this week.
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.
Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com