Children as young as 12 could soon be getting their hands on condoms at school. It’s already going on in many high schools nationwide, but in San Francisco the practice might start with even younger students.
“We want to be sure that all of those students who are sexually active are accessing condoms to prevent pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted diseases,” said San Francisco Unified School District Director of Safety and Wellness, Kevin Gogin.
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, we will look at the benefits, the costs, the risks and hopefully engage that student in making the right decision,” said Gogin.
The packages the middle schoolers receive will come complete with condoms and educational materials about sexually transmitted diseases.
“I don’t like that idea. The school should focus on education,” said parent, Kim Nguyen.
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.”
The committee chair backed the policy with his own personal story.