NEW YORK (AP) — New York City public high schools will be able to demonstrate condom usage in health education classes if they choose to, starting this fall.
The city’s Department of Education says school superintendents were told about the change in policy last month. Condom demonstrations have not previously been permitted in classrooms.
The department says demonstrations “will provide students with medically accurate information that can help them stay healthy.” Parents can opt their children out.
Mona Davids of the New York City Parents Union group says the department needs to be more specific on what the demonstrations would entail. She also says parents should have to opt in for their children to see the demonstrations, not opt out.
The Classic newspaper at Townsend Harris High School first reported the change.