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Going to School

Going to School


When you’re pregnant, going to school can feel much more complicated. You might be worried about what people will say, how you’ll keep up, and if you can still participate in clubs or sports. 

The good news is that as a pregnant or parenting teenager, you are protected by a federal law—Title IX (Title Nine). The law says that no one can stop you from going to school or participating in after-school activities. It also says that you have the right to be free from harassment by other students and teachers. You are entitled to an education—speak up if you feel like someone is stopping you from continuing in school.

How to speak up

If you feel like anyone at school is making it difficult for you to get your education (see examples here), you can go to your school district’s Title IX Officer. They will help you figure out what to do next so that you can complete your education free of harassment.

Did you know?

If you are pregnant, you cannot be penalized for missing school for a reason related to pregnancy or childbirth. Your teachers are required to allow you to make up work that you missed.

If you don't want to enroll in an alternative school program, your school can't force you to. 

Download this wallet card from the ACLU for a quick overview of your rights as a pregnant or parenting teen.

Learn more about Title IX in this video: