Oregon School District Approves Condom Distribution to 6th Grade Students

Gervais School District

A school district in Marion County will allow some teachers to make condoms available to students as young as sixth-graders.

Superintendent Rick Hensel of the Gervais School District says the board is concerned about teen pregnancy. Nine girls got pregnant this year, about 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12.

“It’s an attempt to change the rate of teen pregnancy,” Hensel said about the new policy, which is scheduled to start next school year.

Hensel says students will have to discuss the condoms with a trained professional, such as nurses, counselors and health teachers.

“I think it’s each parent’s responsibility to educate their children,” said Alyson Ferrens, who has children in the district.

Other family members of students in the district say it could be a good thing.

“As long as they’re getting a further education on it, that’s better,” said Adam Gonzalez.

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Erica Nochlin

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