Students at South Burlington High School want school officials to provide access to condoms.
At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, students said making condoms available will promote safe sex.
“Students who are sexually active need to do it in a safe way and condoms help prevent pregnancy and STIs, of course,” said one student at the meeting.
The proposal would make condoms available to SBHS students in secure locations, such as the nurse’s office or from health teachers.
Vermont law requires schools to teach comprehensive health education, which includes sexual development and condom use. The law states that anyone above the age of should 12 have access to condoms.
Currently students can go to Planned Parenthood or a store for condoms. If approved, South Burlington would join other schools such as Burlington High School and Bellows Free Academy that already offer condoms.
Although the school board can’t make the final call on whether to offer condoms to students, it did agree to bring the issue up with Principal Patrick Burke.