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Title IX federal regulations protect pregnant students

All students have the right to an education. If you are pregnant, were pregnant, recently have given birth or experienced the loss of a pregnancy, you have protections under Title IX. Schools are required to provide pregnant students the same opportunities to activities and programs as other students and accommodate for pregnancy and related absences as medically necessary.

IPS Stronger Tomorrows Program

The Title IX Office of Indianapolis Public Schools implemented the Stronger Tomorrows program to work alongside school staff in supporting and implementing accommodations for pregnant and parenting students. The Stronger Tomorrows program provides guidance, support, and information for expectant and parenting students at Indianapolis Public Schools to help parenting students stay on track to graduate.

Stronger Tomorrows strives to:

  • streamline resources and guidance across the district
  • improve attendance and graduation rates,
  • maintain the health of the student and their child,
  • prepare students for high school graduation and post-secondary planning,
  • and improve parent and family engagement

If you are an IPS student who is pregnant, let school staff (teacher, social worker, dean, someone you feel comfortable with) know you are or think you may be pregnant. Once a student is referred, the Case Manager will meet and work with the student at their IPS school as they work toward graduating from an IPS school.

Please utilize this referral form to refer a pregnant or parenting student to Stronger Tomorrows. 
**School staff can make a report in Guardian as a Title IX report, a referral form will not be needed.

Meet Our Case Manager

Alma Figueroa, Stronger TOmorrows Case Manager, reachable at figueroaa@myips.org, 317-752-8282

Alma works at IPS schools through the week. Find her current schedule below. (please note, Alma will visit other IPS schools through the week as well if the student attends different IPS school)

  • Mondays: Shortridge High School
  • Tuesdays: George Washington High School
  • Wednesdays: Graduation Academy/Arsenal Tech High School
  • Thursdays: Crispus Attucks High School
  • Fridays: Remote

Reasonable Accommodations

Students have the right and responsibility to attend school regardless of their pregnancy, parenting or marital status. The district will educate expectant and parenting students and will provide reasonable accommodations to support and encourage all expectant and parenting students to obtain their high school diploma. As you move through the pregnancy, your needs for accommodations may change and evolve.

Here are a few examples of accommodations:

  • Bathroom breaks as needed.
    • School’s may have special medical badges for students to wear to alert school staff that this student is allowed frequent bathroom breaks.
  • Desk arrangement or adjustments.
    • Using a table and chair instead of a small desk in classes.
  • Excused absences for medical appointments.
    • Expectant and parenting students are given excused absences from school to attend to their own health care, their child’s medical care, or other pregnancy/parenting-related appointments or emergencies.
    • If an extended time away from school is necessary due to pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery from childbirth, the absences will be excused and their educational status shall not be negatively affected.
  • Assignment extension.
    • Students with excused absences would have an opportunity to turn in assignments/classwork at a later date.

Accommodations are meant to remove barriers in the classroom, school or society. Students have the right to continue their participation in extracurricular activities and in their schools.

  • Pregnant students have a right to continue to play or join any sport they would otherwise normally be allowed to play.
    • Coaches cannot bench pregnant students because of their pregnancy.
    • Schools cannot deny a pregnant student’s participation in physical education, sports, or other activities.
  • Schools cannot force pregnant students to unenroll or transfer to an alt-ed program.
    • Although IPS offers additional alternative programs for secondary education, all schools will make pregnancy-related accommodations so that students can stay in their school of choice.

Additional Stronger Tomorrows Resources

Follow the links below to learn more about IPS’ policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking and retaliation. If warranted, the Title IX team will conduct an investigation into the matter. This process, as well as how it is determined whether an investigation will take place, can be found in these policies. Also within these documents, you can find important definitions and resources.

Student Policies

If your friend has experienced sexual misconduct, dating violence or stalking, she/he may not be able to or ready to officially report it, but you can still help. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when talking to a friend about their experience:

  • DON’T decide what’s best for them. When someone is abused or violated, they often feel victimized and need time to decide what to do.
  • DON’T judge them or doubt their story. If a friend is confiding in you about being assaulted or harmed, it is important to not victim blame. For example, don’t say things like, “I told you to break up with him. Why didn’t you listen?”
  • DON’T minimize what happened. Sometimes in an effort to make someone feel better, it’s easy to try and say that they will feel better soon or that it’s “no big deal.” These statements may make them feel bad about certain feelings they are having.
  • DO let them know they are believed and supported. It is very common for victims of abuse to think that nobody will believe them. If they are confiding in you, they trust that you will be supportive.
  • DO ask what they need. People cope and respond differently to being abused. Some like to talk about their feelings. Others like to be alone. Don’t assume you know what they may want or need.
  • DO encourage them to seek help. It can be scary to tell an adult or the police about what happened. Remind them that there are people at school who can help. Also, it is very important to encourage them to seek medical help after an assault.
  • DO continue to be supportive. After the initial shock of what happened, it can be easy to assume they are ok. Be sure to check in on them even if they seem to be “back to normal.”
  • DO take care of yourself. It can be difficult and overwhelming to be present for a friend in need. Remember to take care of yourself and seek out help if needed.

Local Resources

Name of Organization

Contact Information

Services Offered

Domestic Violence Network

https://dvnconnect.org/

Lindsay Stawick lhill@dvnconnect.org

Prevention education, information on resources, and youth advocacy & empowerment programs.

The Julian Center

https://www.juliancenter.org/

2011 N Meridian St, Indianapolis IN 46202

24 Hour Crisis Line: 317-920-9320

*Rape Crisis Center*

Advocacy, support, and case management

Indiana Youth Group

https://www.indianayouthgroup.org/ 

3733 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

The activity center is open Wednesday & Thursday 3 – 9 pm & Friday 3 – 11pm.

The activity center serves as a safe and confidential environment for LGBTQ youth and straight allies ages 12 – 20 to hang out and be themselves.

317-541-8726 

Programs include sexual health education & suicide prevention education, various support groups, case management, parent support & education.

Students may drop in or you may refer them by calling to speak with a staff member.

Reach for Youth

https://www.reachforyouth.org/ 

3505 N. Washington Blvd.

Indianapolis, IN 46205

Marion Co. Helpline: 317-926-4357

Marion Co. Crisis & Suicide Hotline: 317-251-7575

Behavioral health counseling and sexual health services for youth and family

The Legacy House

http://www.legacy-house.org/ 

2505 N Arlington Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46218

317-554-5272

Trauma counseling and advocacy to victims of abuse or violence

Families First

https://www.familiesfirstindiana.org/?locale=en 

615 N Alabama St STE 320

Indianapolis, IN 46204

317-634-6341

*Rape Crisis Center*

Support groups for teen survivors of sexual assault

Latino Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence https://www.indianalatinocoalition.org/ 

300 E Fall Creek Parkway N Dr, STE 200, Indianapolis, IN 46205

317-926-4673

Legal advocacy, support, information/referral.

Indiana Center for Children and Families

https://www.indcenter.org/ 

1431 N Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

317-631-2000

Assessment, case management, counseling, and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families.

Indiana 2-1-1

https://in211.communityos.org/ 

2-1-1

or 866-211-9966

Connection to ANY human service. For example, basic needs (food, shelter, heat, etc.), legal assistance, mental health needs, etc.

National Resources

Name of Organization

Contact Information

Services Offered

Love Is Respect

www.loveisrespect.org

Text: loveis to 22522

1-866-331-9474

TTY: 1-866-331-8453

Live chat on website

Spanish speaking advocates available

Support line to chat/ask questions about relationships or to be referred to local service provider.

An advocate is available 24/7. Website has relevant content regarding all aspects of relationships and dating suitable for teachers, school staff, parents, and teens.

RAINN National Network

www.hotline.rainn.org/online

1-800-656-4673

Live chat on website

Rape, Abuse, and Incest

Support line for advice, information, or referral to local service provider.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/



1-800-273-8255

Live chat on website

Confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources and best practices for professionals

Firefly Children & Family Alliance

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NhWbPPFvqfVRcKiu3YJ9kW6w4Fx92yaN?usp=sharing

www.fireflyin.org 

3801 North Temple Avenue | Indianapolis, Indiana, 46205

317-634-5050

communicationsstaff@fireflyin.org

FireflyIN.org

Child Abuse Prevention

Home Based Services

Youth Placement

Recovery Services

Indiana Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide

https://www.indianaprevention.org/ 

4607 E 106th Street

Carmel, IN 46033

Phone – 317-759-8008

 

Provides evidence-based programming to educate youth and adults in preventing, recognizing, and reacting appropriately to mental, physical and sexual abuse. Our suicide prevention programming helps identify youth at risk for suicide, providing immediate resources for those who need help, and saving lives

While there is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of dating violence or sexual assault, there are ways to help protect yourself and others to reduce the risk. 

The goal at IPS is to make reporting sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking or retaliation as easy and comfortable as possible.

We have several options for students and/or guardians:

  • You can report directly to the Title IX Coordinator, Kim Kennedy, at 317-226-4644 or titleixcoordinator@myips.org
  • You can call IPS Police Department at 317-226-4633. 
  • You can tell a Principal, Social Worker, Counselor, Teen Dating Advocate or any other school employee, either verbally or in writing. All employees at IPS are “mandatory reporters,” which means that all employees are required to report these instances to the Title IX Coordinator, and in some cases, the Department of Child Protective Services. 

If You Are a Student Who Has Experienced Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Stalking or Harassment

Call 9-1-1 or the IPS Police Department @ 317-226-4633 If you are in danger or need immediate medical care.

Sexual Misconduct

If you have experienced sexual misconduct, dating violence, stalking or harassment, it is important to talk to an adult that you trust. This could be a family member, teacher, social worker or anyone else you feel comfortable with. If this behavior is affecting your education or an educational activity please report it to IPS so we can help. 

Sexual Assault

By going to the hospital you can receive a Forensic Medical Exam (often referred to as a “rape kit”) which will help in the collection and preservation of physical evidence as a result of the assault. Many hospitals throughout the state have nurses who are specially trained to provide care and administer the Forensic Medical Exam. You can call a hospital to see if it has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) available. Indiana has a number of hospitals with specialized programs within them called The Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is dedicated to caring for victims of sexual assault and family violence.

Harassment & Stalking

Teen dating harassment or stalking can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship, but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. Many teens do not report these behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends. It is important to tell someone you trust so that you can get help. 

Support

It is also important to get continued help if you have experienced sexual misconduct or dating violence. IPS can connect you with a youth advocate and/or counselor to guide you and provide information and emotional support. Counseling can help begin the healing process. Your school can help put measures in place to protect you such as class schedule changes, locker reassignments, no contact orders, bus assignment changes and more.

If You Are a Student Who Has Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Stalking or Harassment

Support

If you or someone you know is accused of sexual misconduct, dating violence, or stalking, IPS has resources available for you. It is normal to feel worried, confused, or overwhelmed. It is important to seek out support to help you, especially in cases of a formal investigation by IPS, the Department of Child Protective Services, and/or the police. Please contact an adult you trust at school such as a social worker, counselor, or principal. They can help you through the process.