Columbus School District Adopts CHART!

The Columbus Municipal School District adopted the CHART policy during the board’s March 1st board meeting. The district, located in Lowndes County (P3) is the 11th district to adopt the abstinence-plus policy.  The community support for the policy was spearheaded by one of the district…

CHART: Meeting with Superintendents in Bolivar County

When Bolivar County was added to our Priority 1 list, I began preparing myself for the challenge of creating an advocacy strategy that would cover each of the county’s six public school districts.  The task ended up being much easier than I expected.  Each month,…

Greenville School District Adopts CHART!

The Greenville School Board adopted the CHART policy last night (2/22), making the school district the 10th one to adopt the abstinence-plus policy.  The district is also the 3rd of the four districts in Washington County (P1) to adopt the policy, following previous votes of…

CHART: Presentation for North Bolivar School Board

I presented the CHART policy to the North Bolivar School Board yesterday (2/21) during their monthly meeting, which took place at the district’s central office in Shelby, MS.  This was the first presentation done in Bolivar County, one of our newly identified Priority 1 counties….

Humphreys County School District Adopts CHART!

The Humphreys County School District became the 9th school district to adopt the CHART Abstinence-Plus policy.  The board adopted an abstinence-plus policy in the fall, using the sample policy provided for districts by MDE’s Office of Healthy Schools.  Last night (2/14), the board voted to…

CHART: Changes Made to Priority Status

This past month, some significant changes were made to our CHART advocacy strategy.  As you know, the CHART initiative has been created in partnership with the Mississippi State Department of Health, which is administering the PREP grant that’s funding this initiative. The changes are based…

Hinds County School District Adopts CHART!

The Hinds County School District has become the 8th school district to adopt the CHART Abstinence-Plus policy.  The districts new policy was adopted on January 12th.  The county is currently identified as Priority 2, due to it’s significantly high sexually-transmitted infection rates.  This is the…

CHART Presentation in Greenville

Yesterday, I presented the CHART policy to the Greenville Public School District. This is my third presentation in Washington County, a P1 county which has the highest gonorrhea infection rate in the entire state. Two other districts in the county (Western Line and Leland) have…

Leland School District Replaces Abstinence-Only Policy with CHART!

The Leland School District (Washington, P1) moved quickly to revise their sex education policy.  The district already had an abstinence-only policy, and it is unclear how long that policy was in place.  But last night the school board voted unanimously to rescind the abstinence-only policy,…

CHART: Presentation at JPS Steering Committee

HB999 was the focus of yesterday’s Jackson Public Schools Steering Committee.  The committee consists of district administrators, principals, and parents.  The interest in the abstinence-plus sex education option was clearly evident, but there were several questions about how the policy would be implemented.  The Superintendent…