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HB999 Presentation Sex-related education bill. March 28, 2011. Why do we need a sex-related education bill?. Mississippi has the highest rate of teen pregnancy In MS there are 65.7 pregnancy for every 1000 young women ages 15-19 Parenthood is the leading cause of school dropout

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HB999 Presentation

Sex-related education bill

March 28, 2011


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Why do we need a sex-related education bill?

  • Mississippi has the highest rate of teen pregnancy

  • In MS there are 65.7 pregnancy for every 1000 young women ages 15-19

  • Parenthood is the leading cause of school dropout

  • Children of teen mothers face more health, and academic challenges than their peers


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Implementation Timeline

  • By July 2012, every school district must adopt a policy on:

    • Abstinence-only education, or

    • Abstinence-plus education

  • By August 2012, school districts must submit a selected policy, curriculum, and protocol for implementation to the Office of Healthy Schools

  • Instruction to begin no later than the start of 2012-13 school year.


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Highlights of HB999 Section 37-13-171, MS Code of 1972

  • When choosing abstinence-only curriculum may contain

    • Remains the state standard

    • Instruction must be factual and age/grade appropriate

    • Gains realized through abstinence

    • Consequences that sexual activity is likely to produce

    • Unwanted sexual advances

    • Discussion of birth control, failure rates, and STD’s

    • Current laws related to sexual conduct


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Highlights of HB999 Section 37-13-171, MS Code of 1972

  • When choosing abstinence-plus curriculum must contain all of previous elements and

    • Any other programmatic component that is approved

    • May not include demonstrations of condom application

    • Factual presentation of risks and failure rates.


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Highlights of HB999 Section 37-13-171, MS Code of 1972

  • Other measures

    • No effort to teach abortion as a means to prevent birth

    • Boys and Girls must be separated for instruction

    • Requires written notice of inclusion

    • May offer parent education

    • School nurses responsible to implement program


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Highlights of HB999Section 37-13-171, MS Code of 1972

  • Establishment of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force to study the implementation and success of these measures (17)

    • Specific appointments from various agencies

    • Legislative appointments

    • Community appointments


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Technical Assistance

  • The Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Healthy Schools will provide:

    • A list of Approved Supplemental Resource Providers

    • Template for developing protocol

    • Set up an electronic reporting system.


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“Knowing is not enough;

we must apply.

Willing is not enough;

we must do.”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Estelle Watts, MSN

State School Nurse Consultant

MDE

Healthy Schools

[email protected]

Shalonda Matthews

HIV/STD Coordinator

MDE

Healthy Schools

[email protected]

Contact Information


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