New Sex Education Classes Part Of The Healthy Youth Act

Seventh through ninth graders across the state will be getting a more extensive sex education this fall, due to a law passed last year called the Healthy Youth Act.

The Pitt County Board of Education is reviewing its new sex-ed policy at its meeting Monday.

The policy arises from the healthy youth act, which was signed into law by Governor Beverly Perdue last year.

It requires schools to teach seventh through ninth graders about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to teaching them abstinence and basic reproductive biology.

Teachers and parents we spoke with say they think the new policy is a good idea, and say it's never to early to teach kids about safe sex.

Board members say they'll take no action on the policy at Monday's meeting. They say they'll vote on it at its second reading in August.

Board members say they're interested in how the policy will be implemented and plan to discuss ways to make sure it's done correctly.

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