Last week, Robin wrote about the Massachusetts school district in the hot seat over a policy to distribute condoms to any student that requested one. The school superintendant, Beth Singer, has apologized to the town for the media attention, and has said that the school will revise its policy so that elementary students will not be able to get condoms from the school nurse.
School officials will revise the written policy, adopted June 8, to make it clearer that elementary-aged students won’t be able to obtain a condom if they request one from the school nurse, Singer said in her letter released via e-mail. She wrote that it is necessary to revise the policy’s wording after it was “so badly understood and misrepresented by the media” in recent weeks, Singer said.
Was it just the media attention that caused her to change the policy? Uh, no:
On Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat who is running for re-election this year, called Singer to discuss the issue. The two talked about how the policy is written in a way that could possibly be misunderstood, both by outsiders to Provincetown and local residents and parents, according to Singer.
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According to the Boston Globe,
The board is now revising the policy so that only students in grades 5 to 12 will have access to condoms through a school nurse on a case-by-case basis, and parents will have the right to exempt their children from the program.
The new policy is as follows:
The Provincetown Public Schools is concerned about student well-being. We believe abstinence is the only sure way to safeguard against sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. Therefore, we do not approve of sexual activity by students.
If students engage in sexual activity against our better judgment, we urge them to use a condom to protect themselves and their partner.
(1) Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about issues of sexuality and the parents’ values relating to sexual behavior.
(2) Condoms will be available, upon request, to Province-town students.
(3) Appropriate counseling will be provided by trained faculty to each student seeking condoms.
(4) In order to protect student privacy, no records will be maintained relating to requests for condoms.
(5) The district will not honor requests from parents that students not be allowed to receive condoms.
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