Yes. You can miss school for health care reasons.

Excused absences include

  • getting health care services, including prenatal care, birth control and abortion,
  • getting health care services for your child,
  • having problems with your pregnancy that make it impossible for you to go to school, and
  • giving birth and recovering after birth.

If you miss school because of your pregnancy or a sick child, you do not need a note from your doctor.

Your school must let you leave for confidential services like reproductive health or pregnancy care without your parents’ permission. For more information on confidential services click here.


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