The Boston School Committee is considering a policy change that would make condoms available to high school students across the city in order to prevent teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Students must receive counseling about safe sex practices before receiving the contraceptives notes a stipulation in place at high schools that currently dispense them.
“We are not talking about bowls of condoms,” said Jill Carter, executive director of health and wellness for Boston Public Schools. “We want to make condoms available with education and support, and we want them available equitably across the district and for students to feel comfortable that they can go to someone they trust.”
“Many students are uncomfortable with going to a store and purchasing condoms and would prefer getting them free from school,” said Ciboney Cope, a student. “Protecting students should be our top priority.”
Last year, the Philadelphia school district installed free condom dispensers in about one-third of high schools, and the city of New York made the morning-after pill available in 13 public schools.