Cape Henlopen school board has approved providing reproductive health services to students at Cape High’s Wellness Center beginning in the 2017-18 school year. At its Dec. 15 regular meeting, the board voted 6-1 to offer contraception, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases at the wellness center. Before the vote, Cape was one of three Delaware school districts that did not offer reproductive healthcare.

Beebe Healthcare runs the wellness program and will decide what types of contraception will be offered. The selection could include condoms, daily birth control pills, a three-month form of birth control known as the Depo-Provera shot, or an under-the-arm implant that providers say can prevent pregnancy for up to four years. Testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases will also be available to students, who by state law need no parental consent for reproductive healthcare services. Read more here.

This expansion is in line with the Personalized Learning recommendations in Student Success 2025.