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5751 - PREGNANCY
The matter of a teen-age pregnancy is basically a family issue which should be dealt with in the house setting. When the school becomes involved the counseling of any pregnant student is primarily a counselor's responsibility.
If a teacher should become aware of the pregnancy first, s/he is to contact the student's counselor. The counselor, on becoming aware of the condition, should notify the principal, and establish a relationship with the student, and function as liaison between the student, the staff, and outside resource people throughout the term of the pregnancy.
A statement from the doctor shall be submitted verifying the condition of pregnancy if any limits are to be placed on the student's program. If possible, arrangements for the resumption of education will be worked out when she is required to leave.
Appropriate referral procedures should be offered to the parents and to the girl and, if possible, to the prospective father, if a student of this District.
When the student gives notice that she will be absent for the birth of the child, she is to provide the date by which the doctor has indicated she can return to school. The student is then to return to school by that date unless she has a written excuse from her doctor. If the student fails to attend school by the agreed-upon date, the Family Independence Agency is to be notified.
Readmittance of the student to her interrupted school program should be determined by a review committee composed of the student and/or parent, the principal, and the counselor. The decision, to be made on an individual basis, should depend upon the recommendation of her doctor, the evaluation of the home situation, and the assessment by the committee of her educational potential, social adjustment, and vocational goals.Revised 3/97