Chicago will provide free condoms for elementary and high school students

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Beginning next month, Chicago Public Schools will start telling children as young as elementary school age that it’s normal and expected for them to have sex.

Why else would you give kids free condoms? Water balloons?

When the schools fully reopen in late August for the first time since the COVID pandemic, students will find supplies of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, thermometers and menstruation products – and condoms.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the contraceptives are the result of a policy passed by the CPS Board of Education in December, which mandates that schools teaching fifth grade and up must offer condoms as part of “sexual health education,” which apparently means encouraging sexual behavior, even among those not nearly ready for it emotionally.

Until now, principals in the system have had lots of leeway to use their own discretion on matters relating to students’ sex lives.

“Essentially what we want to do is make condoms available to students for if and when they think they need them,” said CPS’ chief doctor, Kenneth Fox. “ … When you don’t have those protections and don’t make those resources available then bad stuff happens to young people. You have elevated risks of sexually transmitted infections, of unintended pregnancies, and that’s very preventable stuff.”

Abstinence from sexual activity is an extremely effective preventative, but would rob school officials of the chance to encourage sex in the very young.

To start, elementary schools will get 250 condoms and high schools — many of which already make them available — will get 1,000.

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