H. B. 3210
(By Delegates Hatfield, Brown and Wells)
[Introduced March 24, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Education.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §18A-2-14, relating
to education; and permitting school employees to educate,
counsel or assist any student regarding sex, social
expectations and birth control methods.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §18A-2-14, to read as
ARTICLE 2. SCHOOL PERSONNEL.
§18A-2-14. Counseling students on sex education.
(a) Upon the request of any student, or when it appears to be
in the best interest of the student, any person employed by,
compensated by or providing any services for the State Board or any
county board may educate, explain, counsel or assist a student regarding basic sex education, social expectations and roles of men
and women, and birth control methods, including abstinence,
medications, devices and abortion.
(b) Any information exchanged between a student and school
employee shall remain confidential, and no person may be compelled
to disclose any information given in such confidence: Provided,
That if a school employee believes that the student has been the
victim of a crime or any form of abuse, the employee may notify the
appropriate authorities without being held in violation of this
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit employees of the
State Board of Education or any county board to educate, counsel or
assist any student who seeks information regarding sex education,
social expectations or birth control.
§18A-2-14 is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring
have been omitted.