As part of the mandated New York City DOE HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, high schools are required to provide Health Resource Rooms where free condoms, health information, and health referrals are made available to students in grades 9-12 by trained staff.
Parents and legal guardians may exempt their children from receiving condoms. However, all students may receive information and referrals to health services.
Health Resource Room (HRR)/CAP Requirements:
- Each school must have at least one trained male and one trained female staff. Click here to see the training schedule.
- Parent opt-out letters (see below) must be provided to parents of all new students upon enrollment.
- A list of all students opted-out must be available to all CAP staff. Use student ID numbers only; do not use names.
- CAP must be available for at least ten periods a week for the duration of the school year.
- CAP schedule and locations must be clearly advertised for all students via the student letter and posters.
- Trusted health referrals must be made available. For help making referrals, visit Teens in NYC or download the "Teens in NYC" app on your mobile phone.
- Health Resource Room(s) must be safe, supportive and inclusive zones for all students. Download your Safe and Supportive Zone poster here.
Ordering Information: For information about ordering condoms and other educational materials, email CAP2@schools.nyc.gov from a DOE or DOH email address with “Condom Order Inquiry” in the subject line.
Please note: Only staff who have received the CAP training will be able to place an order for condoms.
Parent opt-out letter:
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News for CAP-trained Staff:
HIV Prevention: The NYC schools community was well represented at this year’s AIDS Walk New York. If your school was there, or if the buzz in NYC this weekend inspired you and your students to get involved, we want to hear what you’re doing to help NYC move towards zero new infections. Looking for ideas? Student leaders who are interested in HIV prevention can be critical to the promotion of CAP and CAP-related messages . Ask student leaders how they can promote CAP as a resource and what messages would resonate with students about proper condom use. Educators can click here for the free NYC Department of Education’s HIV/AIDS Curriculum.
Student Support: Over 7,800 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from across the country participated in the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educational Network’s (GLSEN) 2013 National School Climate Survey. Students reported high rates of verbal harassment and school absences urging educators and others to come together to build more inclusive school communities. Check out this infographic for highlights from the report, as well as ways to make your school a safer space for all students. For support, email us at CAP2@schools.nyc.gov.
May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month: Find new ways to promote your school's Condom Availability Program. Have students create pregnancy prevention PSAs that direct students to the Health Resource Room. Find creative spaces to place posters and schedules. Continue to promote the Teens in NYC clinic locator. For additional ideas, email CAP2@schools.nyc.gov.
Useful Resources to Support CAP:
HIV/AIDS Curriculum (NYC DOE): A K-12 instructional guide designed to meet the New York State Education Department's and New York City Department of Education's mandates for instruction.
Regulations and Information on Student Rights:
Regulation of the Chancellor A-740: Pregnant and Parenting Students and Reproductive Health Policy (NYC DOE)
Transgender Student Guidelines (NYC DOE)
Information on Teen Rights to Sexual Health & Reproductive Health Care (NYCLU)
Information about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CDC)
NYC Interactive Health Data
Safe and Supportive Environments for All Students:
Nurse-Family Partnership: A free nurse home-visiting program for first-time mothers and their children.
Gay-Straight Alliance Network: Resources for building a strong gay-straight alliance (GSA) in your school.