2School-Based Sex-related Education (SRE) Shalonda Coleman, MSEd., CHESEstelle Watts, MSN, NCSNChristine Philley, M.Ed., CFCSMississippi Department of EducationOffice of Healthy Schools
3House Bill 999Passed in the 2011 Legislation Session, requires Mississippi schools to implement a SRE program. Signed by Governor Barbour, March 16, 2011
4Prevalence of Selected Sexual Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Mississippi Source: CDC, Youth Risk Behavior Survey
5Teenage Birth DataIn 2006, 435,427 births occurred to mothers aged 15-19, a birth rate of 41.9 per 1,000 women in this age group.In 2006, Mississippi was ranked the highest with a birth rate of 68.4 per 1000In 2008, 435,000 births occurred to mothers aged 15-19, a birth rate of 41.5 per 1,000 women in this age group.In 2008, Mississippi was ranked the highest with a birth rate of 64.2 per 1000Available at:
6Impact of Teen Pregnancy on Mississippi Youth 2007 Ages 10-19Live Births ,954Repeat Births ,8022008 Ages 10-19Live Births ,310Repeat Births ,7022009 Ages 10-19Live Births ,078Repeat Births ,496
7Adolescent DataApproximately 140 babies were born to teenage mothers between the ages in 2009.Approximately 2,242 babies were born to teenage mothers between the ages in 2009.Available at
8Although 15-24 year olds make up just 15% of Mississippi's population, they represent: 76% of chlamydia cases70% of gonorrhea cases
9In 2009, Mississippi ranked #6 nationally in HIV infection case rates among the 40 states with confidential reporting.26% of HIV cases
10HB999-SRE highlightsBy June 30, 2012, every school district must adopt a policy on:Abstinence-only education, orAbstinence-plus educationBy June 30, 2012, school districts must submit a selected policy, curriculum, and protocol for implementation to the Office of Healthy SchoolsInstruction to begin no later than the start of school year.
11HB999-SRE highlights Boys and Girls must be separated for instruction Requires written notice of inclusion/exclusionSchool nurses responsible for implementation of programNo effort to teach abortion as a means to prevent birth
12HB999-SRE highlights“The instruction or program may include a discussion on condoms or contraceptives, but only if that discussion includes a factual presentation of the risks and failure rates of those contraceptives.”“In no case shall the instruction or program include any demonstration of how condoms or other contraceptives are applied.”Excerpt from House Bill 999 lines 71-76
13Only or Plus: What’s the difference? Abstinence education shall remain the state standard for any SRE taught in MS public schools Any SRE includes instruction or program provided at an appropriate age and grade
14Abstinence Only—may include: The teaching of social, psychological and health gains associated with abstinence;the teaching of harmful consequences to adolescent sexual activity;the teaching of skills to deal with unwanted sexual advances, including the role of alcohol and drug use;the teaching of abstinence as the only way to avoid pregnancy, STD and related health problems; (continued)
15Abstinence Only—may include: discussion of condom and contraceptive use along with factual presentation of risks and failure rates;the teaching of state law related to sexual conduct; andthe teaching that a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in context of marriage is the most healthy option.
16Abstinence Plus MUST include all the components listed above Any programmatic curriculum that has been approved
17Draft Implementation Plan Step 1: Best Practices Program should be sequential in its scope and age appropriate.Curriculum is medically accurate and meets the needs of students and the school district.District data should be reviewed and considered.Form a group of interested stakeholders including parents, community leaders and educators (health council) to give input on the plan, using the wellness policy as a guideCommunicate with parents and community regarding the direction of this implementation, being as transparent as possible.
18Step 2: Answer these key questions: Grade level where instruction will begin?Who will provide instruction?What curricula will be used?Consider the logistics of separating boys and girls for instruction.How will parent permission forms be handled?
19Step 3: Develop District Plan to include: Procedures for maintenance and dissemination of permission formsIdentification of staff who will be provide instructionSeparation of boys and girls, management of time and space, including students whose parents have opted outCurriculum choices from the provided list of curriculaPolicy development and Board adoptionReport choices to OHS by June 30, 2012Begin implementation August 2012
20Resources Available for You at www.healthyschoolsms.org House Bill 999Draft PoliciesImplementation PlanApproved ResourcesHouse Bill 999 District Reporting FormHouse Bill 999 Supplemental Resources for Sex Education (RFP)For technical assistance questions and reporting:
21Additional Resources & Technical Assistance **A workgroup has convened to review curricula. This group includes representatives from MDE, district/school level, the community and MSDH.Professional Development Trainings for instructors teachers, counselors and nurses were provided in September 2011Health In Action Lesson PlansHealth Education Curriculum