Friday, July 31, 2009
Beginning this fall, schools (elementary, middle and high schools) in Port Chester, New York will be administering pregnancy and STD testing to requesting students.
If the child tests positive, s/he will be referred to a nearby off-campus medical clinic.
The policy was put into place by Port Chester school officials after realizing that 19 of 525 (roughly 4%) high school girls were pregnant or parenting in 2008.
Parental notification is not required prior to testing. However, the board did election to require notification of parents before pap smears or the dispensation of the "morning after pill" although New York state law does not require such disclosure for a minor.
My question for you this week:
Do you agree or disagree with this new policy by the Port Chester school board?
I do not agree with any legislation (federal, state, or local) that permits a kindergartner to be tested for such serious matters as pregnancy and STDs.
Quite frankly, if you have a child in elementary that needs testing for these potential "ailments," you've got bigger problems than for what they are testing.
Some have argued it is a good thing because children are afraid to approach their parents on these subjects. Well, in my opinion, when children did have to go to their parents because they were pregnant or needed to be treated for an STD, there was a lot less of it going on.
So maybe the government should butt out of raising our children for us, because all of their "efforts" to decrease is only resulting in drastic increases.
Maybe letting parents be responsible for their children would be a nice "change."