Oregon School to Offer Condoms to Sixth Graders

A school in Oregon is making headlines for recently deciding to offer condoms to students from the sixth grade onwards beginning this fall. The district said they were concerned by pregnancies in both the middle and high schools.

The plan by the rural Gervais School District comes after a 2013 survey by nursing students found that 7 percent of district high school girls had experienced pregnancy and 42 percent of students reported “never” or “sometimes” using protection.

“Over the past few decades, teen pregnancy in our community has remained somewhat constant, but higher than the board felt comfortable with,” Superintendent Rick Hensel said in a blog post dated Monday.