SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (WCMH)– Students as young as sixth grade could be receiving condoms in one California school district after a recent survey revealed 5 percent of the middle schoolers have had sex.
According to KGO-TV, the hot debate is taking place in San Francisco, where a committee will discuss the proposal before a vote by the full board.
San Francisco would join Oakland Unified Schools who passed the same program in 2014.
The school district wants the more than 10,000 students to be a part of the wellness program, that would include offering condoms under the supervision of a counselor.
“We believe that with the education, it actually lessens the amount of sexual activity, lessens the amount of sexually transmitted infections as well as pregnancies in our high school,” Kevin Gogin, from the San Francisco Unified School District, told KGO-TV.
According to the district, the same program worked at the high school level, which has been in effect for the past 25 years. The district said that only 26 percent of students at the high school level admitted to have had intercourse while the national average is 47 percent.