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January 26, 2014

Sex education varies among Okla. school districts

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The “evidence-based” classes were taught at three different grade levels about once a week during the semester, Walker said.

* Moore Public Schools teaches only HIV/AIDS education, spokesman Jimi Fleming said.

* Edmond Public Schools has a two-hour annual program for eighth graders that addresses puberty, drugs and alcohol use, symptoms of and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), abstinence and the ramifications of unprotected sex, spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said.

Sex education aspects, such as sperm and egg cell fertilization and abstinence, are taught in required classes such as health and biology. Extracurricular family planning classes also include discussions of STIs, safe sex practices and abstinence, Parks-Schlepp said

Putnam City Public Schools, the state's fifth largest district, requires all freshman boys and girls who don't opt out to attend health forums about abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases.

The district's three high schools also offer optional classes on health and family and consumer science. The classes cover a range of topics, including body care, fertilization, reproduction and abstinence, spokesman Steve Lindley said.

Other Districts

Lawton Public Schools teaches only state-mandated HIV/AIDS-prevention, spokesman Keith Mitchell said.

Jenks Public Schools uses an abstinence-based sex education curriculum called “Worth the Wait” for students in grades seven and higher, spokeswoman Bonnie Rogers said.

Seventh-grade education includes information on reproduction and puberty, reasons not to have sex, symptoms of STIs and legal issues regarding sexual contact and sexual abuse. Students in grades 10 and 11 learn about fetal development and prenatal care, testing and treatments for STIs and contraceptive details.

Mid-Del Public Schools, which serves Midwest City and Del City areas, does not teach sex education beyond HIV/AIDS-prevention.

Enid Public Schools offers seventh grade students a county-wide event with an abstinence focus.

Union Public Schools in Tulsa County launched its Carrerra program, devoted to pregnancy-prevention, sex education, academic achievement and life skills three years ago. The weekly class will eventually be taught to students in grades six through 12, Superintendent Kirt Hartzler said.

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