When offered, such instruction shall be available also to nongraded special education students at age-appropriate levels. Except as otherwise required to comply with the provisions of Subparagraph b of this Paragraph, whether or not instruction in such matter is offered and at what grade level it is to be offered shall be at the option of each public local or parish school board, provided that no such instruction shall be offered in kindergarten or in grades one through six. Such instruction may be offered at times other than during the regular school day, at such times to be determined by each school board.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC survey indicates that more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex, and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime. Among students who had sex in the three months prior to the survey, 60 percent reported condom use and 23 percent reported birth control pill use during their last sexual encounter. Sexual activity has consequences.
A state lawmaker's attempt to make sexual education a requirement in public schools failed after strong discussion by supporters and opponents of the legislation. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge. Smith said given the statistics for sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies in Louisiana, it's time to change course.
Get involved in our campaigns and help ensure young people's health and rights. Also available in [ PDF ] format. Comprehensive sexuality education, health equity, and access to contraception are more important than ever to the health of young people in the state.
The institute has kept the numbers constantly updated since as the trend of lowered teen birth rates has continued to drop nationwide. Sex ed is mandated in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Of that total, the following 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate both sex ed and HIV education:.
A searchable database of the laws, people, organizations, and litigation involved in sexual and reproductive health and justice in the United States. The Louisiana House of Representatives struck down a bill this week that would have allowed the state Department of Education to ask teens questions about their sexual health. The CDC works with states and cities across the country in an attempt to get an accurate picture of the risk young people are taking in their daily lives.
Kylene Lloyd. Those conversations, she said Dec. Sex education is already a controversial topic in religious red states like Louisiana, where state law requires local school districts set laws to "provide procedures for the administration" of sex education in classes such as biology or physical education.
Download the Fact Sheet Here. Louisiana Parent Survey: What Louisiana parents know, believe and perceive about school-based sex education. This report shows the results from a statewide survey of Louisiana parents' attitudes and perceptions regarding comprehensive sex education.
Currently, Louisiana public schools teach abstinence-based sexual education and are prohibited from teaching students about contraception and STDs, but one state lawmaker is working to change that. State Rep. Wesley Bishop D introduced a bill this session that would have mandated comprehensive sex-ed in New Orleans middle and high schools.
CSE teaches that abstinence is the best way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections and diseases STDsbut it also includes medically accurate information about ways to reduce the risk of unplanned pregnancy and STDs, like birth control and condoms. The Geaux Talk campaign is guided by a new statewide survey of Louisiana caregivers that found caregivers wanted their children to receive comprehensive, age-appropriate, medically accurate information about sexual health topics in school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDCinLouisiana had the highest rates of syphilis among adolescents nationwide, the second highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea among adolescents, and the 6 th highest teen birth rate. Currently in Louisianainstruction in sexual health education is not required at any grade level, but sex education can be taught in grades 7—