The Boston School Committee is considering a new wellness policy to improve students’ sexual health (“Boston schools might offer condoms,” Page A1, June 8). If approved, the policy would be groundbreaking for the city. Implementing it will be the bigger challenge. Our next mayor needs to recognize this policy as an important education and public health initiative and make it a priority.
Boston public schools must be empowered to address the high rates of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy among the city’s young people, both of which negatively affect school attendance and high school graduation rates.
Sexuality education works when it emphasizes the importance of delaying sexual activity while also teaching teens about proper condom use and other contraceptive methods and equipping them with the communication skills they need to form respectful relationships and make healthy decisions.
Like many Boston residents, I have high expectations for our next mayor. As the president of the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, I want to know which mayoral candidates will make a commitment to an age-appropriate and medically accurate sexuality education program that includes condom availability for Boston students.