The DCPS Health and Wellness team aims to support students in making healthy choices that create a positive impact on them both, today and in the future. Studies confirm that good practices during adolescence carry forward into adulthood. Statistics show that many DC youth are sexually active, and that sexual debut is occurring at younger ages. Due to these realities, DCPS continues to partner with the DC Department of Health to make a variety of resources available to students, including our condom availability program, STI screenings and counseling, and access to school-based health centers at select high schools.
DCPS partners with the DC Department of Health (DOH) to offer free, voluntary chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings once a year at most high school. HIV testing is also offered to students who test positive for other STIs. Before each screening event, schools send home specific information about the services being offered to students. Please look for this information, and be prepared to discuss this screening with your child in advance of the screening.
DCPS has adopted DC Department of Health's Wrap MC Condom program in all high schools, through which trained school staff provide condoms to students as part of a comprehensive health education program for students in Grades 9–12. In some schools, students have been trained to provide condoms, as well. Condoms are also available through the school nurse. DCPS's Sexual Health Liaison program trains school-based liaisons as Wrap MCs in condom education through a web-based training and post training test. Supplemental trainings, condoms, information, and promotional materials are provided to the liaisons to ensure students have access to accurate and current information at their high school.