Pregnant/Parenting Student Supports
Turlock Unified School District recognizes that early pregnancy, or parenting may disrupt a student’s education and increase the chance of a student dropping out of school. The District, therefore, desires to provide instruction and services designed to assist in pregnancy prevention. The District also desires to support male and female expectant and parenting students to attain strong academic and parenting skills and to promote the healthy development of their children. The District is committed to providing a comprehensive, continuous, community-linked program for expectant and parenting students and their children that reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of the community.
Pregnant students and teen parents have a right to equal education, full participation, and to enroll in any school or program for which they would otherwise qualify at any stage of the pregnancy. They have the right to remain in their regular or current school program, including elementary or secondary schools, honors and magnet programs, special education and non-public school placements, alternative/options programs, migrant education, free and reduced lunch programs, and services for English Learners, and any others for which they are otherwise qualified. This would also include participation in the following: graduation, awards, ceremonies, field trips, student clubs, councils, after-school activities, and any other school-related programs. Students cannot legally be expelled, suspended, or otherwise excluded from, or required to participate in school programs solely on the basis of their pregnancy-related conditions, or marital or parental status.
The Title IX Amendments of 1972, California Education Code Sections 200 through 282, and the Turlock Unified School District Board Policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or gender expression. Students have the right to fair and equitable treatment and shall not be discriminated against based on sex. Students have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics. Participation in special programs or schools shall be voluntary. The law requires that every school district or institution have a Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager to whom concerns or complaints regarding sex discrimination can be made.