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Atascadero USD |  BP  5146  Students

Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students   

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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), and SB 70 (Ch. 7, Statutes of 2011), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs. The Atascadero USD has accepted this flexibility and thus is deemed in compliance with the statutory or regulatory program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2014-15 fiscal years. As a result, the district may temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or regulation that reflect these requirements. For further information, please contact the Superintendent or designee.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that early marriage, pregnancy or parenting may disrupt students' education and increase the change of a student dropping out of school. The Board therefore desires to provide instruction and services designed to assist in pregnancy prevention. The Board also desires to support pregnant and parenting students to attain strong academic and parenting skills and to promote the healthy development of their children.

(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

(cf. 5149 - At-Risk Students)

Married, pregnant and parenting students in the District shall have the same educational and extracurricular opportunities as all students. Participation in special programs or schools shall be voluntary.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

In addition, for school-related purposes, married students under the age of 18 are emancipated minors and have all the rights and privileges of a student who is 18, even if the marriage has been dissolved. (Family Code 7002)

Pregnant and Parenting Students

The goals for the District's program serving pregnant and parenting students shall be to provide continuity in education; increase attendance rates; enable achievement of District academic standards; increase graduation rates; develop positive parenting, decision-making and coping skills; develop economic self-sufficiency through job skills; and reduce the incidence of repeat pregnancies for minors.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements/Standards of Proficiency)

(cf. 6146.2 - Certificate of Proficiency/High School Equivalency)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide a comprehensive program that supplements academic courses with practical instruction geared to pregnant and parenting students' specific needs.

(cf. 6030 - Integrated Academic and Vocational Instruction)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6178 - Vocational Education)

The instructional program provided for pregnant or parenting students shall be determined on a case-by-case basis and shall be appropriate to the student's individual needs. The student may continue attending school in the regular classroom or continuation education setting, may attend a separate program established for pregnant students, may enroll in adult education with adult status regardless of age, or may pursue a home instruction, hospital instruction or independent study program.

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6182 - Opportunity School/Class/Program)

(cf. 6183 - Home and Hospital Instruction)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

(cf. 6200 - Adult Education)

The Superintendent or designee may grant students a leave of absence due to pregnancy, childbirth or abortion for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. At the conclusion of the leave, the student shall be reinstated to the status she held when the leave began. (34 CFR 106.40)

(cf. 5112.3 - Student Leave of Absence)

Pregnant and parenting students also may request exemption from attendance because of a physical or mental condition or because of personal services that must be rendered to a dependent. (Education Code 48410)

(cf. 5112.1 - Exemptions from Attendance)

The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with county welfare departments, other local health and social service agencies and community organizations to ensure that appropriate support services are provided by either the District or another agency in the community and to coordinate delivery of those services.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

The Superintendent or designee shall periodically collect and report to the Board data regarding the number of pregnant and parenting students in the District and the effectiveness of the District's programs in meeting the needs of these students.

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

2551.3 Determination of state aid for pregnant minors program

17293 School facilities for pregnant/parenting teen programs

48220 Compulsory education requirement

48410 Persons exempted from continuation classes

49553 Nutrition supplements for pregnant/lactating students

49558 Confidentiality of applications and records for free or reduced price meals

51220.5 Parenting skills and education

51745 Independent study

52610.5 Enrollment of pregnant and parenting students in adult education

54740-54749.5 California School Age Families Education Program (Cal-SAFE)

FAMILY CODE

7002 Description of emancipated minor

7050 Purposes for which emancipated minor considered an adult

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

124175-124200 Adolescent and Family Life Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1681-1688 Title IX, Education Act Amendments

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

106.40 Marital or parental status

Management Resources:

CDE PUBLICATIONS

Pregnant and Parenting Students: A Report to the Legislature, April 1996

SBE POLICIES

Policy statement on adolescent pregnancy and parenting, July 9, 1993

WEB SITES

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov

Department of Social Services: http://www.dss.cahswnet.gov

Policy ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 5, 1999 Atascadero, California