by Lara S. Kaufmann, Senior Counsel,
National Women’s Law Center
The Georgia Board of Education has corrected a rule that discriminatorily restricted pregnant students from eligibility for hospital/homebound instruction. Prior to this change, Georgia schools treated pregnant students as ineligible for hospital/homebound instruction, in contrast to students with other temporary medical conditions.
Under Title IX, students with pregnancy and related medical conditions must be treated in the same manner as students with other similar medical conditions. NWLC advocated for the rule ultimately adopted by the Board, which now permits pregnant students to obtain hospital/homebound instruction when necessary. Where available, homebound instruction services can be very helpful to students who have to be absent from school for extended periods – because of pregnancy complications, recovery from childbirth, or other related conditions – in keeping up with their studies, so they stay on track to graduate and return to school once they are able. Click here to read the Georgia Board of Education’s revised policy.