I have not blogged in years. But this is a subject close to my heart.
Back in the fall we found out my teenage daughter was pregnant. We as parents went to the school and notified them and explained that she was due April 9th. And what we needed to do to make sure she graduated. She was asked at that time if she wanted to stay in mainstream school or if she wanted to transfer in to the ALP (Alternative Learning Program). She stated that she wanted to stay in mainstream school. I was told by the assistant principle that they could work with us. That there would be no problem.
Fast forward to the beginning of this semester. My daughter goes to her school counselor and ask her about working on a plan for when she does have the baby and has to be out of school for a number of weeks. She was more or less pushed off. And it was said to her that you should know the day before you go in to labor and we can talk at that time.(someone who has never had a child) Lets wait till the end of March. She had a few teachers that same day ask if there has been a plan set up yet so they could get her assignments and find out what they need to do. She informed them that she has been told to wait till the end of the Month of March. One teacher planned on emailing this counselor to hopefully work out a plan. This all happened on a Friday. I was planning on going in myself and handling this myself. But, she ended up in the hospital with preterm labor. She was put on modified bed rest.
I in turn went to the school to talk to them about what they can do to help since she will not be able to return to school until after the baby is born and the doctor says she can return.
I was informed at this time that she would NOT fall under the HOME BOUND ruling and that she would end up falling behind in all her mainstream classes. And her best option is to go into the ALP program and that they would let her do what she needed online. (Was told this by both the assistant principle and school counselor.)
This was going to be the only way she would graduate with her class.
Both her and I were very upset by this but both agreed that getting her graduated was number one.
Fast forward 2 weeks. I get a phone call from the assistant principle informing us that she DOES qualify for the home bound program. And even though she is in the ALP now she will still need to have someone come to the house and spend 4 hours a week working with her on her homework. The school principle had no clue about my daughter and they type of student she is. He did not know she tutors others on math. He just say that she was pregnant and assumed that she was what they consider a high risk of not graduating.
She is over 2 weeks behind in mainstream school and it would be very hard for her to go back and be able to get caught up with the remaining of her class. (did find out last night that if she continues to work at the pace she is now she will be done hopefully before baby is born)
My biggest problem is I have people at the school talking and giving advice to parents and students that is incorrect. That even though we are not a big city school there should be plans in place for these types of circumstances. Not that I am condoning teen pregnancy but it does happen.