June 30th, that's the deadline for Mississippi schools to choose a sex education curriculum that will be used next year. By that time, each district will have chosen whether to incorporate Abstinence Only, or Abstinence-Plus classes for students.
Currently the Meridian Public School District uses an Abstinence Only curriculum.
'Parents are very receptive. The students are very receptive,' says MPSD Assitant Superintendent of Curriculum, Robin Miles. 'I think a lot of the legislation was a result of surveys that were done across the state with parents and I think parents and communities may not have been aware of what was being done across the state.'
The curriculum for Meridian Public Schools primarily targets middle school students in the 7th grade.
'It teachers how students can set their boundaries before they go out,' says MPSD Nurse, Ann Compton. 'It teaches about sex, emotions, respect. We encourage them to write questions down. Give us the questions before class. So, they won't have to ask them during the class period.'
Lauderdale County schools are currently using an Abstinence-Plus curriculum. Both curriculums are optional and discuss contraceptives and their risk and failures.
Lauderdale County's head of curriculum says this type curriculum is important to the overall education process.
'Absolutely, with teen pregnancy and also with our dropout rate, In Lauderdale County we need to improve our dropout rate,' says LCSD Curriculum Director, Ryan Powell. 'So, if we can help these students be better students, make better choices, I think it could help our dropout rate.'