The Governing Board recognizes that early marriage, pregnancy, or parenting may disrupt a student’s education and increase the chance 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.
Married, pregnant and parenting students shall have the same educational and extracurricular opportunities as all students. Participation in special programs or schools shall be voluntary.
For school related purposes, married students under the age of eighteen (18) are emancipated minors and have all the rights and privileges of a student who is eighteen (18), even if the marriage has been dissolved. (Family Code 7002)
The Board is committed to providing a comprehensive, continuous, community-linked program for pregnant and parenting students and their children that reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of the community.
The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with the County Superintendent of Schools and other community agencies and organizations to ensure that appropriate educational and related support services are available to meet the needs of pregnant and parenting teens and their children.
School placement and instructional strategies for participating pregnant or parenting students shall be determined on a case-by-case basis and shall be appropriate to the student’s individual needs and learning styles. 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 hospital instruction or independent study program.
The classroom setting shall be the preferred instructional strategy unless an alternative is necessary to meet the needs of the individual student and/or child. (Education Code 54745)
In addition to providing a quality academic program for pregnant and parenting students, the District’s program shall provide parenting education and life skills classes, special school nutrition supplements for pregnant and lactating students, a child care and development program for the children of enrolled students on or near the school site, and other support services authorized by Education Code 54746 as necessary to meet the needs of students and their children. (Education Code 54745)
2551.3 Determination of state aid for pregnant minors program
8920-8929 Teenage pregnancy prevention grant 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)
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
Code of Regulations, Title 5
11820-11834 Pregnant minor program
18140-18175 School-age parenting and infant development programs
United States Code, Title 20
1681-1688 Title IX, Education Act Amendments
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34
106.40 Marital or parental status
First Reading: 5/24/01
Governing Board Adoption: 6/13/01