Local Schools React To NY Birth Control Decision

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some high schools in New York announced a controversial birth control move this week, making the 'Plan B' pill available to students.

In an aggressive approach to combat teenage pregnancy, the schools will now be offering the 'Plan B' pill to students.

Yesterday we spoke with the Wichita Public School district to find out if this is something you could see at your child's school, but they say this is not a concept they plan to adopt.

"I think that that could cause a lot of controversy," said Health Education Teaching Coach Sandy Hysom.

Hysom says that the cultures in Kansas and New York are very different.

"We do a very good job of educating our youth, so why shake up what's already good," Hysom said.

The Wichita Public Schools sex education program operates on an abstinence-based curriculum.

"We update the curriculum as needed but we're teaching the same thing that we taught 23 years ago, and what that is is we want students to abstain from having sex, to delay having sex," Hysom said. "But if they choose to have sex, we want them to make healthy choices,"

But even with an emphasis on abstinence, every single high school in the district has a daycare center attached to it.

"Wichita's been doing it for years and years," said Executive Director of Career and Technical Education, Jim Means.

While the program is available for children of high school students, it is also a care center for employee and community children. The district says the program is not intended to promote teenage pregnancy.

"I don't think it really makes it easier or encourages it in any way but when faced with that reality, it's a really valuable resource to those individuals," Means said.

The school district also does not distribute condoms. Officials say that they feel that the education given to the students provides information on where they can access those types of resources if needed.

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