Teachers Can Hand Out Condoms Southwest of Portland
The school board in Marion County, OR, will allow some teachers to hand out the birth control items.
In a move sure to attract national attention, the town of Gervais, a small community of aboug 2,500 people about 30 miles Southwest of Portland, will allow the distribution after a report came out claiming 5% pregnancy rates for middle school, and 7% rates for high school girls.
The study was performed by interns at Oregon Health and Science University in 2013, and the results have been studied by the district over the last few months.
School board minutes were not specific about how the distribution would take place, according to Northwest Cable News Network, but do say the distribution would have to be done by "trained professionals." What the school board says is a "trained professional" was not mentioned. Superintendent Rick Hensel says he believes the responsibility will fall upon health teachers.