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Indian River School District Develops Reproductive Health Care Plan

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SELBYVILLE, Del.- Over the next few months the Indian River School District will be developing what's called a comprehensive reproductive health care plan for the wellness centers at Indian River and Sussex Central high schools.

The details are still being ironed out, but the district says this will entail sex education, contraceptive care, std testing and treatment, as well as alcohol and drug education. 

The Indian River School District says it was the last school district in the state to offer reproductive health care in their wellness centers, but say The Board of Education voted to provide these services on Aug. 26.

The district says its wellness centers work closely with Beebe Medical Group, which has the power to treat and prescribe. 

In a statement to WBOC the district said:

“The Indian River School District will work closely with the Beebe Medical Group in the coming months to develop a comprehensive reproductive health care plan for the wellness centers at Indian River and Sussex Central high schools. Without this program, the district risked losing federal funding for prescription medication benefits and other valuable health services offered by our wellness centers. Sussex County has the highest pregnancy rate among high school students in the State of Delaware. This rate also exceeds the national average. Research has shown that a strong reproductive health care plan that includes not only contraceptive services but also education on sexual health, abstinence and sexually transmitted diseases can drastically reduce the rate of teen pregnancy. Therefore, we are looking forward to working with Beebe to develop this plan and provide these valuable services to our students. It’s important to note that parents retain the right to opt their children out of these and all other services provided by our school-based wellness centers.”   

There is no word yet on when the program is set to take effect, but the district maintains there will be a strong educational component, and this in combination with other services could help drive down numbers. 

 

 

 

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