(AP) A spokeswoman for the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care says about one-fourth of student health centers that serve at least one grade of adolescents 11 and older dispense some form of contraception.
King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available, including birth control pills and patches. Condoms have been available at the chool’s health center since 2000.
Students need parental permission to access the school’s health center. Treatment is confidential under state law, which allows the students to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive.