Mississippi State Department of Health

About PREP Legislation


In 2011, the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 999 which requires school districts to adopt a sex education policy by June 30, 2012. Per the law's mandate, school districts must adopt either an "abstinence-only" policy or an "abstinence-plus" policy.

The law also sets forth other restrictions on the teaching of sex education in public schools, such as the separation of boys and girls during sex education and the requirement for parents to opt-in in order for their student to participate.

In March 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 494, which extends the original sex education law (House Bill 999) for five additional years.

Links referenced
House Bill 494,    http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2016/html/HB/0400-0499/HB0494IN.htm

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