By GALEN HOLLEY
Grenada County will join the majority of school districts in Mississippi this year in teaching abstinence-only sex education.
As part of their health classes, Grenada ninth and tenth graders will discuss abstaining from sex as a means of avoiding pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
A state law enacted in 2011 requires school districts to teach some kind of sex education, beginning this academic year.
Grenada was one of 81 districts that chose abstinence-only. Seventy one districts chose abstinence-plus, which could include discussion of contraception.
“The approach we’ve chosen talks more about individuals taking care of their bodies,” said Superintendent of Grenada County Schools Dr. David Daigneault.
The state’s largest school district, DeSoto County, will also leave lessons about birth control out of its sex education classes.
DeSoto County teachers and school nurses will attend professional development classes later this month, according to Assistant Superintendant Keith Williams.
Implementing the material will then be left up to principals at each school.
“Ours was truly a committee decision,” said Williams, explaining that a group of parents, educators and community leaders looked over several curriculums, then passed their recommendations on to the school board.
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