BEND, Ore. (AP) — A member of the Sisters school board has questioned a grant-funded program that teaches eighth grade students about safe dating.

Board member Cheryl Stewart says she’s worried the program focuses too much on dating, and says health and safety courses should focus on something other than dates.

The Bend Bulletin reports health teacher Julie Patton says the course is preparing the students for situations they may face in high school.

Educators and backers of the program say it’s intended to prepare students to make wise choices and avoid violence and abuse when they start dating in high school — not to encourage them to date sooner.

The four-lesson program offers a mix of exercises and lessons about dating and relationships.

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