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January 21, 2008

Should pregnant students be allowed maternity leave?

That’s the center of a debate brewing in one Denver high school.

Pregnant students there are asking for at least four weeks of maternity leave and not to be penalized with unexcused absences.

Colorado's public schools, like many school systems, tend to place pregnant students or new moms in specialized programs or craft individualized education plans for them.

Denver Public Schools has no districtwide policy, which leaves it up to schools to work out plans for students continuing their education, according to a Denver Post article.

What kind of policy does your school system have for pregnant teens or teens who have recently given birth? Do you agree with students receiving four weeks of maternity leave while not receiving unexcused absences?

Posted by John-John Williams IV at 6:00 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Around the Nation, Parents, Trends


I cast my vote for IEP (or other specialized program). There's no "taking a month off" in lower school without detrimental consequences; a new plan will need to be formulated to get back on track.

Well being a pregnant student who is having complications I feel any kind of leave a pregnant student needs should be taken for the sake of her baby and her well being. Its not easy but the choice or mistake was our own this is not a matter where we need to plce blame and try to sum up consequences but to be sensitive toward the needs of the mother and baby. The baby would need the 2 months of bonding with his or her mother so it is definetly essential

There's no "taking a month off" in lower school without detrimental consequences; a new plan will need to be formulated to get back on track.
Tks for sharing.

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