234.  PREGNANT/MARRIED STUDENTS - Pg.

234.  PREGNANT/MARRIED STUDENTS

1.        Purpose

        SC 1326

        Title 22

        Sec. 12.1

A student who is eligible to attend District schools and is married and/or pregnant shall not be denied an educational program solely because of marriage, pregnancy, pregnancy-related disabilities, or potential or actual parenthood.

2.        Authority

The Board reserves the right to require as a prerequisite for attendance in the regular classes and participation in the extracurricular program of the schools that each pregnant student present to the Superintendent or designee a licensed physician's written statement that such activity will not be injurious to her health nor jeopardize her pregnancy.

3.        Guidelines

A student who is married must declare his/her marital status at the time of marriage or at the time of enrollment in the school.

A pregnant student whose mental or physical condition prevents her from attending regular classes, when such condition is certified by a licensed physician, may be assigned to an alternate educational program of homebound instruction.

A student who has received an alternate educational program for reasons associated with her pregnancy shall be readmitted to the regular school program upon her request and the written statement of a licensed physician that she is physically fit to do so.

4.        Delegation of         Responsibility

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for implementing this policy which include:

  1. Offering counseling services to help students plan their future.

  1. Cooperation with community resources to assist students.

  1. Development of a curriculum for the alternate educational program to which the pregnant student may be assigned on her request.

  1. Designation of a qualified staff member to act upon the licensed physician's statement regarding the examination and health of a pregnant student.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 510, 1326

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 12.1

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