When Chicago Public Schools resume classes in the fall, students as young as 10-years-old – grades fifth and up — will have access to free condoms.
The CPS Board of Education passed the new policy back in December. Per the new policy, schools that teach grades five and up will be required to maintain a “condom availability program.”
CPS said the condoms will be provided at no cost by the Chicago Department of Public Health “in an ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, and unintended pregnancy” among students.
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, CPS’ top doctor Kenneth Fox acknowledged that the decision will likely ruffle some feathers, but said it was necessary to safeguard students’ health.
“When you don’t have those protections and don’t make those resources available then bad stuff happens to young people,” he said. “You have elevated risks of sexually transmitted infections, of unintended pregnancies, and that’s very preventable stuff.” (Read more from “U.S. Schools To Offer Free Condoms To Students As Young As 10-Years-Old” HERE)
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