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HB0401 / SB0438 – Public Schools – Pregnant and Parenting Students – Policies and Reports

Lead bill sponsors are Delegate Michele Guyton and Senator Mary Washington
This legislation will require each school district to establish a policy to support the educational goals of parenting students to improve their educational outcomes by:
  • Providing safe and private lactation spaces in each school district that includes a sink, table top space, outlet for breast pump, and is NOT a bathroom or closet
  • Establishing a liaison in each school that will assist the pregnant and parenting students in connecting them to existing community resources for reliable childcare and transportation
  • Supporting training for school staff and personnel to ensure they are giving pregnant and parenting students appropriate support and guidance
  • Incorporating the attendance and excused absence policy passed in 2017 allowing for excused absences for pregnant and parenting students for medical and legal reasons, to also allow break time from class needed for lactation.

Here is a sign-on letter for orgs/groups/allies.  House hearing was 1/27.  Senate hearing has yet to be scheduled.

Learn how to upload your written testimony and/or request to be considered to provide oral testimony via Zoom during the set bill hearing schedule here.

For more information or to learn how to support passage of this legislation, contact Diana Philip at diana@prochoicemd.org.

 

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