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9.14.P.1 Programs for Pregnant / Parenting Students

Section 9.14 - Policy


The District affirms the right of a pregnant student to continue her participation in the public school program. As soon as the pregnancy is medically confirmed, the student shall consult with a member of the counseling staff or the principal for the purpose of planning her educational program. The student may be eligible for the following educational plans or may suggest alternatives:  
  • She may remain in her present school program, with modifications as necessary, until the birth of her baby is imminent or until her physician states that continued participation would be detrimental to her health.  
  • If eligible for homebound or chronic illness status, in accord with A.R.S. 15-901, she may receive homebound instruction until her physician states that she is physically able to return to school. 

When a student or student’s parents/guardians disclose a pregnancy, the student and parents are referred to the school nurse. The school nurse assists the family in completing a chronic health form. Once the chronic illness paperwork is returned to the nurse or health office, the form is submitted to the counselor or Principal.  If the chronic illness information indicates the student requires special medical accommodations, the nurse or health assistant would share that information with the student's teacher(s). 
  • The chronic health form provides for at-home instruction for students who are capable of profiting from academic instruction but who are unable to attend school due to health conditions, and who have obtained a certification by a medical doctor as being unable to attend regular classes for intermittent periods of time totaling three months during a school year. 
    • The Medical Certification Report form must be completed by a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine or pediatrician and returned to the school health office.
    • Following receipt of the form, a meeting will be scheduled by the school counselor or administrator to write the Chronic Illness Instructional Plan.  Participants in the planning meeting will include student, parents/guardians, school nurse or health assistant, counselor/social worker, school administrator and at least one general education teacher.  A chronic illness plan is effective for one calendar year and enables the teachers and student to work out a manageable means for completing school work.
    • In order for chronic illness status to override the excessive absence rule, the parent must report absences according to regular attendance reporting procedures.
  • Students generally do not miss enough school with a pregnancy to qualify for homebound services; however, homebound includes a student who is unable to attend school for a period of less than three months due to a pregnancy if a competent medical doctor, after an examination, certifies the student is unable to attend regular classes due to risk to the pregnancy or to the student’s health. 
    • Homebound services are requested by parents/guardians and require submission of a Medical Certification Homebound form.  The form is submitted to the school nurse and forwarded to the Department of Exceptional Student Services (ESS). 
    • ESS assigns a homebound instructor who schedules a meeting between the school and family.  Participants in the planning meeting will include student, parents/guardians, school nurse, counselor/social worker, school administrator and at least one general education teacher. 
    • Homebound services consist of a required four hours of instruction per week.  The homebound instructor collaborates with the student’s teachers to plan instruction and with the family to schedule services. 
    • Students are not considered absent from school when receiving homebound instruction unless they are unavailable for instruction.

Efforts will be made to see the educational program of the student is disrupted as little as possible; that she receives information on available health and counseling services, as well as instruction; and she is encouraged to return to school after delivery.