Tuesday Talk: SF considers proposal for middle school condom program
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KPIX) -- A proposal that would equip middle school students who wanted them with condoms passed out of a San Francisco school board committee.
"We want to be sure that all of those students who are sexually active are accessing condoms," Director of Safety and Wellness with San Francisco Unified School District Kevin Gogin said. "To prevent pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted diseases."
Gogin says a recent CDC survey revealed 5% of San Francisco Unified middle schoolers are sexually active. The condom program would require students to talk to a campus nurse or social worker before getting a condom. Gogin says the nurse or social worker would not try to sway a student one way or the other, even if they're only 11 or 12.
"If a 11 or 12-year-old comes in and says, states that they want to be sexually active," Gogin said. "We will look at the benefits, the costs, the risks and hopefully engage that student in making the right decision."
"I don't like that idea," Parent Kim Nguyen said. "The school should focus on education and that would be a distraction. And that's not the teacher's job."
But the department of public health's controller wrote in a letter: "San Francisco has among the highest rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis of any city in the United States."
DO YOU AGREE WITH THE POLICY OR DO YOU THINK MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ARE TOO YOUNG?