Tupelo chooses abstinence-only sex education class

The Tupelo Public School District has updated its sex-education policy to keep it in line with a new state law.

The law, signed by then-Gov. Haley Barbour in 2011, requires all districts in the state to teach either abstinence-only or abstinence-plus sex education courses. Districts have until June 30 to decide.

Tupelo’s School Board voted at Tuesday’s regular meeting to continue teaching abstinence-only sexual education, as it has been doing since at least 2000. The board adopted a few minor changes in the existing policy to match the language in House Bill 999.