A new policy at a Cape Cod school will allow school officials to counsel and distribute condoms to elementary students even as young as first grade.
“Starting in September, students shopping for a free condom must have a heart-to-heart with a counselor – including a talk on abstinence – in order to be given one.”
“The school will not honor parents’ requests that their children not receive the prophylactic, Singer said.”
“Starting early is the key, said school board Chairman Peter Grosso.”
“ ‘The thing is, sexual activity starts younger and younger,’ Grosso added. ‘We don’t know what age that is. So we just said, ‘We’ll make it available to all of them.’ We didn’t want to pick an age, and I really don’t believe we’re going to get first-graders asking for a condom, as a practical matter.”
My little guy just finished the first grade and he can barely aim his penis to pee without making a mess much less do anything else with it. I can’t imagine what would be going on in a first-graders household that they would even be aware that sex exists much less be something they would want to engage in.
I do think it’s appropriate to talk to the different grades in age-appropriate ways introducing their bodies and eventually the sex act. I think our school does a good job in the early grades talking about your private parts and then I assume in fourth and fifth getting a little more into it.
I can’t imagine our school nurse distributing condoms. That is just too shocking to even think about. She’s too busy taking care of kids throwing up and knocking teeth out on the playground.
So what do you think: Is this school heading sexual activity off at the pass and making sure they have info (and condoms!) before they could get into trouble or are they putting into kids’ minds things they weren’t even thinking about?
Would you want your school (or school nurse) counseling your elementary school child about sex? How do you feel about elementary schools passing out condoms? At what grade would that be appropriate, if ever?