In order to help students make decisions that promote healthy behaviors, the Department of Education shall instruct students that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest and most responsible way to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and consequent emotional distress. The abstinence-based education program shall:

a. support abstention from sexual intercourse and provide skill development to continue abstention;

b. help youth who have had sexual intercourse to abstain from further sexual intercourse until an appropriate time; and

c. provide youth with information on and skill development in the use of protective devices and methods for the purpose of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

Approved: 9/95