The Springfield School Committee voted in favor of a Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy which includes providing condoms for students as young as 12-years-old. This is the first vote of two needed to implement the program.
Springfield has the fourth highest teen birth rate in the state as of 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Holyoke tops that list. Proponents say that teen pregnancy is a leading cause for dropping out of school.
If the program is approved, it will enable school nurses to provide condoms to students. Students requesting the condoms will be counseled on proper storage and use and also counseled on abstinence. Parents will be able to opt out of the program, if they do not want a child to participate.
In today’s poll, we want to know what you think. Is the Springfield School Committee making the right decision to protect the health and safety of children and to control the rate of teen pregnancy?