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DOCO school board considers sex education changes

The Dougherty County school board is discussing sex education classes. (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County school board is discussing sex education classes. (Source: WALB)
Community members have expressed concern to the school board. (Source: WALB) Community members have expressed concern to the school board. (Source: WALB)
J.D. Sumner is the Dougherty County School System spokesperson. (Source: WALB) J.D. Sumner is the Dougherty County School System spokesperson. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County school board is discussing sex education classes.

This comes after the health department found an increase in HIV and AIDS cases in our region. 

The school system said it recognizes that its sex education policies are outdated. 

An amendment to the current policy will let teachers be more flexible with how they teach. 

Prior to this, teachers concentrated on abstinence.

Members of the school board and the community feel that teachers should teach more about responsible behaviors when it comes to sex and how to be safe. 

"Times are changing," said DCSS Spokesman J.D. Sumner. "Kids are taking on responsibilities at a much younger age and we want to make sure that they respond in a safe and healthy way that reflects medically accurate language and reflects medically accurate advice."

This is not the first time members of the community have presented to the school board about this issue. 

On Monday the school board is expected to officially make the decision to amend the current policies. 

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