Sign Of The Times

Ken AshfordEducation, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

High schools students in Denver are demaning maternity leave.

Pregnant students in a Denver high school are asking for at least four weeks of maternity leave so they can heal, bond with their newborns and not be penalized with unexcused absences.

The request is unusual in Colorado’s public schools, where districts tend to deal with pregnant students or new moms with specialized programs or individualized education plans.

Denver Public Schools has no districtwide policy, leaving it up to schools to work out plans for students to continue their education.

Well, sad that this is an issue, but that’s a separate topic.

It seems to me they should get it — they certainly shouldn’t be penalized academically for being an unwed teen mom (as if that’s not "penalty" enough).  That said, how exactly would that work?  If you miss four weeks of school for maternity leave, how do you come back in to class and pick up what you’ve missed?