The Ashland Public Schools wishes to preserve educational opportunities for those students who may become pregnant and/or take on parenting responsibilities.
Pregnant students are permitted to remain in regular classes and participate in extracurricular activities with non-pregnant students throughout their pregnancy, and after giving birth are permitted to return to the same academic and extracurricular program as before the leave.
The Ashland Public Schools does not require a pregnant student to obtain the certification of a physician that the student is physically and emotionally able to continue in school.
Every effort will be made to see that the educational program of the student is disrupted as little as possible; that health counseling services, as well as instruction, are offered; that return to school after leave is encouraged; and that every opportunity to complete high school is provided.
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:84
Title IX: 20 U.S.C. § 1681
34 CFR § 106.40(b)
SOURCE: MASC January 8, 2009