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Mabton revamping sexual health education curriculum

MABTON - Efforts are currently underway to identify ways to revamp Mabton High School's sexual health education program.

High School Principal Jay Tyus has met with Mike Polencia of Planned Parenthood. The focus of the discussion was to identify work that Planned Parenthood provides in schools for student health and sexual education training.

"We identified several topics of training for our students and are putting together the framework of how to have students access the information," Tyus reported to the school board Monday evening.

The following topics were selected: communication skills, skills for adolescent relationships, abstinence, adolescent pregnancy prevention, HIV-AIDS training, sexually transmitted infections and contraceptive education.

"We are believing that the contraceptive education class should be offered last and on a Friday afternoon so that it is available but not part of the school day," said Tyus.

He added that parent permission would be required.

Superintendent Sandra Pasiero-Davis reported that efforts to maintain the current health education program are still underway.

The plan is to have health education facilitator Darlene Agnew attend a town hall meeting and provide two educational sessions for local teachers.

The teachers will rotate through sample sessions of the sexual health information Agnew will provide. Parents will also have this opportunity, allowing them to make an informed decision as to whether or not their students will attend.

Signed consent slips from the parents authorizing students to attend the classes will be required.

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