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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 follows:

§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 section.

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.
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