Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Schools in Middle Schools and High Schools: Flexible School Attendance Laws

Jun 23, 2023 | by
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"SUPPORTING PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS" is a series of small reports analyzing state legal protections for pregnant and parenting students across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Young parents deserve the opportunity to complete their education free from bias and harassment, and in environments that are supportive of their circumstances. Yet too often, young parents are overlooked, face stigma, and are required to navigate education systems that were not designed to address their unique needs. Moreover, as young people across the country lose rights and access to the full range of reproductive health care, fewer young people will be able to control their reproductive futures. While protections that ensure that every pregnant and parenting student has the necessary support to complete their education are long overdue – they are particularly urgent now given the deteriorating reproductive health care landscape.

"Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Students in Middle Schools and High Schools: Flexible School Attendance Laws" reviews state laws and policies that allow excused absences particularly for pregnant and parenting students in K-12 schools. Attendance policies that do not consider the needs of pregnant students and student parents make it difficult for them to complete their program. This report addresses flexible attendance policies that can support pregnant and parenting students to ensure that they are able to stay in school.

Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Schools in Middle Schools and High Schools: Flexible School Attendance Laws