It is the policy of the Boards of Directors of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District that all schools will provide a comprehensive health education program regarding healthy behaviors, decision making, and the risks associated with sexual activity as appropriate.
- Appropriate counseling will be provided by specifically trained and designated faculty/staff to each student requesting condoms.
- Condoms will available to students in grades 9-12 from the school nurse and another adult staff member with appropriate training in adolescent health.
- In order to protect student privacy, no records will be maintained relating to requests for condoms.
- The individual student will decide whether to access the available services.
- The specific administrative procedures will be designated by grade level.
Administrative Regulations (Policy #5145)
- Member Districts will determine if a condom availability program will be available in its schools.
- Each school operating a condom availability program will have an oversight committee. The oversight committee will monitor the program to ensure the use of best practices and provide a report to the principal on an annual basis.
- The oversight committee will review available data relevant to adolescent sexual health behavior including but not limited to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and statistics from the Vermont Department of Health.
- The primary responsibility of schools is to provide an education. Students seeking condoms in the school setting will receive education on the correct use of condoms and the risks involved, how to communicate with a partner about the use of condoms, personal decision making, and the risks associated with unprotected sexual activity.
- Each school operating a condom availability program will have at least one male and one female faculty/staff member trained to provide the individual education described above. Faculty/staff members with a background in the healthcare or counseling fields will be preferred candidates for the condom availability program. These candidates have the prerequisite skills of engaging individuals in conversations about their personal health, behavior and decision making.
- Training for the designated faculty/staff members will be developed in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health. The oversight committee will monitor the training on an annual basis and request a training update or revision when necessary.