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The Seattle Board of Education has voted to require its 10 high schools and one alternative program to distribute condoms to students.

The measure, which was approved by the board last month, contains no details about how the program will be implemented. Instead, the board asked Superintendent William Kendrick to present an implementation plan at a later meeting.

A spokesman for the district said the condom-distribution plan is not likely to begin in schools until the 1992-93 school year.

With its decision, Seattle joins New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among other districts, in voting to begin condom-distribution programs in schools. (See Education Week, Dec. 11, 1991.)

In a related development, the Chelsea, Mass., school committee voted last month to allow condoms to be distributed in the district's high school.

In doing so, the school committee overruled a stand against condom distribution taken by the Boston University management team that is running the district under a three-year contract. It is the first time the school committee has overruled the management team on a policy issue.

Vol. 11, Issue 16, Page 5

Published in Print: January 8, 1992, as News Updates
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