Mississippi’s Sex Education Law (Miss. Code Ann. Section 37-13-171), passed in 2011 by the Mississippi Legislature, for the first time mandated that public school districts adopt a sex education policy—either abstinence-plus or abstinence-only—and implement a sex education curriculum approved by the Mississippi Department of Education. The law also contains implementation requirements that all school districts must follow, such as the separation of girls and boys for sex education classes and the requirement that parents opt-in their child for sex education classes.
The law included a repealer for July 1, 2016, meaning that this law would no longer exist. During the 2016 session, the Legislature voter to extend the repealer for five more years.
The CHART policy and initiative are in compliance with the state sex ed law. Training and technical assistance are provided to ensure that each CHART district also remains in compliance. (Review the requirements specific to the CHART initiative.)