by Diane Tuazon
PECOS - It may be down to the final weeks of the school year, but the lessons are just beginning in Pecos.
"Statewide, it's an issue of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases," Assistant Superintendent Bryon Welch, said.
School board members at Pecos-Barstow-Toyah I.S.D. decided to come up with a sex education program called "Worth The Wait." Junior high and high school students will go through the 10 lesson course taught within a one week period at the beginning of May.
"It's an abstinence based program. It's not just sex ed in a sense. It teaches them self esteem issues and it builds them life skills, it teaches them about statistics, mentally and what is logically out there," Head School Nurse, Carla Rivas, said.
According to the health department, school officials say in 2005 about 28 students were pregnant and that alone was enough to start a new sex education program.
"It also has lessons for students to take home and it helps when parents get involved in discussions with their children and encourages the parents to get involved with the curriculum," Rivas said.
Rivas also says it's not just about educating students on teen pregnancy.
"Pregnancies can be a life altering thing, but there are also diseases. It's always an eye opener when you look at it statistically. There's definitely a need for sex ed," Rivas said.