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.
Denver has one of the highest teen-pregnancy rates in the state. Of every 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17, 54.5 will become pregnant in the city, compared with 24.3 throughout Colorado, according to state health statistics.
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-Do you think there is no districtwide policy b/c up until this time there has been no need for one?
-For 1 out of every 2 children per 1,000 that enter into the public school system in Denver, will become pregnant by the age of 17. What does that say about our parenting?
-Who is to blame for such promiscuity?
-How can this be changed?
-How should this issue be remedied?
-Should we just accept this trend or should we attempt to ebb the flow?