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STUDENT PREGNANCY PROTOCOL

Pregnancy is not treated as an illness at GNBVT High School. Pregnant students are permitted to
remain in academic classes, vocational areas as well as participate in extracurricular activities with
non-pregnant students throughout their pregnancy as long as such activities are not contraindicated
by their obstetrician. After giving birth students are permitted to return to the same academic,
vocational and extracurricular program(s) as prior to their medical LOA.

All faculty and staff who are aware or suspect a student is pregnant should report such information
to the school nurse. This information is needed to protect our students, to reduce our liability and
to promote health and wellbeing of our students through prenatal care and education. It is also
necessary to ensure access and referral to appropriate services and providers. All information will be
handled in a confidential and professional manner.

All efforts and collaboration are made in the best interest of the student. This is facilitated by
nursing with engagement of student, and will also include guidance counselor as well as other
community agencies as appropriate. The student’s condition along with physician documentation
related to pregnancy/delivery will be maintained in a temporary/separate file maintained by the
nurse for the duration of their enrollment at GNBVT. Prior to graduation or withdrawal from
school the nurse will provide this temporary file directly to the student. Confidentiality is
maintained all throughout the process. The nurse will ascertain if student is receiving prenatal care,
and if not, facilitates the process of accessing necessary medical services. Parent notification is the
responsibility of the student. If student does not feel comfortable to discuss with parent(s) on own,
they are encouraged to take advantage of the safety of the nurse’s office. Nursing may reach out to
request for parent(s) to come to school to support and assist in notification to parents with student
present and leading discussion. We suggest that a student who chooses to tell her parents at home
do so early in the week so that the nurse can provide her with support in the days following the
disclosure.

GNBRVTHS does not require a pregnant student obtain certification from a physician that the
student is physically and emotionally able to continue school. As we require from all students,
physician documentation is necessary for the following: absences, medical dismissals, temporary
removal from physical education as well as academic modifications, vocational/shop physical
accommodations as necessary and appropriate.

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all students.
The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender
identity, age, homelessness, immigration status or veteran status in its education programs and activities, including admission to or employment in such programs or activities.