The school board will begin discussing the issue next month with community input welcome.

The Forest Grove School District Board will begin discussing a policy revision that would allow contraceptives to be prescribed at the school-based health center.

On Monday, March 12, board Chairwoman Kate Grandusky proposed that the board begin discussing the always-controversial topic at the next meeting on Monday, April 9 and continue on Monday, April 23. The board is encouraging community input at these meetings.

"My concern is always that our kids graduate. And my concern is that they have what is best for them," Grandusky said.

Forest Grove's school-based health center is located beside Forest Grove High School at 1715 Nichols Lane and is open to all community members up to the age of 21 in the Forest Grove, Banks and Gaston school districts.

The neighboring Hillsboro School District unanimously passed a similar plan to allow contraceptive access at its school-based health center just two weeks ago.

Hillsboro's wasn't the first school-based clinic to tackle the topic of contraceptives. Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center runs six school-based clinics across Washington and Yamhill counties. Two of its other clinics, located at Beaverton and Willamina high schools, already provide contraceptive services.

In a separate vote two weeks ago, the Tigard-Tualatin School District also approved plans for its two health centers at Tigard and Tualatin high schools to also begin providing contraceptive services for students.

By Olivia Singer
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