The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released recommendations for school districts to better support pregnant and parenting students under Title IX. ICAH's CHAT youth and adult accomplices are committed to ensuring students, teachers, administrators, and all others are aware of the law and its principles.

TITLE IX PROVIDES that:

  • No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance
  • A school district must publish a notice that it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities
  • A school district must designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under the law

REGARDING PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS, TITLE IX PROHIBITS:

  • Discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions
  • A school from applying any rule related to a students’ parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex
  • Schools from excluding a pregnant student from participating in any part of an educational program

IN ADDITION:

  • A school may offer separate programs or schools for a pregnant student, but participation in those programs or schools must be completely voluntary.  If a school offers a voluntary program, that program must provide academic, extracurricular, and enrichment opportunities comparable to those provided to the students in the regular school program
  • A school must provide the same special services to a pregnant student that it provides to the students with temporary medical conditions
  • Schools cannot require a pregnant student to produce a doctor’s note in order to stay in school to participate in activities unless the same requirement to obtain a doctor’s note applies to all students being treated by a doctor
  • A school must excuse a student’s absences due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences to be medically necessary
  • Schools must ensure that the policies and practices of individual teachers do not discriminate against pregnant students