Posted Jan. 11. 2008 – Pregnant high school girls in Colorado may soon be able to take maternity leave.
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Denver Public Schools is putting together guidelines for pregnant students that could allow them leave anywhere from four to six weeks after they give birth. They'll be expected to complete their school work at home and keep up with the rest of the classes.
School officials believe it's important for these teen moms to have time to bond with their little ones.
Statistics nationwide show 42 of every 1,000 high-school-aged girls are having babies, and the rate is increasing.
The issue of maternity leave came up in Denver after the school district got some complaints that some students were being told to report back to class the day after they got out of the hospital or risk getting unexcused absences.
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