If a school district approves an “abstinence plus” policy, you do not know what will be taught. Under the law, “Abstinence Plus” programs are to include all the components found in an authentic abstinence-only program AND may include “other programmatic or instructional component(s) approved by the department “ This vague wording leaves the door open for explicit activities that normalize teen sexual activity.
The Mississippi Dept of Health describes “abstinence plus” as “comprehensive” sex education and recommends the implementation of graphic textbooks that make teen sex acceptable. (http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/44,0,362,550.html)
“Comprehensive” sex education typically avoids any meaningful discussion of abstinence and would, therefore, be largely inconsistent with what is commonly known as an abstinence education program.