A new public school policy in Chicago has been facing severe backlash from parents and religious figures due to its statement that schools would be required to make condoms available to kids as young as ten years old.
The policy was passed back in December 2020, but it hasn’t been implemented yet as schools were not open due to the pandemic. One belief in the policy reads: “Schools that teach grade 5 and up must maintain a condom availability programme.”
The policy further states, “CPS provides guidance regarding the notification to parents and access to condoms by school representatives. Condoms are provided at no cost by the Chicago Department of Public Health in a ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, and unintended pregnancy among CPS students.”