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February 19th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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So my significant other and I are superoverjoyed that WE ARE PREGNANT! However, I just started teaching at this school (rather than having myself established with a few years in) and I am due at the very end of October, which in elementary school time is about when the summer/fall transition ends and the "big" learning begins and I can think of a million reasons with these economic times that I would be worried about telling my principal.

My boyfriend and I are planning a quiet ceremony over the summer for our own purposes and we are by no means a new couple, but I just feel "illegitimate" in some way about bringing this up to my boss who doesn't know any of my own personal story and with the "newness" of just being hired....it's putting a serious damper on my overall joy and I'm not sure if I'm overthinking this or what the right etiquette is and/or should be for my situation.
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February 19th, 2010, 08:10 PM
qberry's Avatar Quinn - Mommy to 3
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A lot of people would say that in legal standards they cannot fire you for being pregnant. However, there are many loopholes that companies (including government funded ones like a school) can use.

I would be open and honest with them. Don't slip up and make any mistakes and make sure to stay in good communication with them. I wish you the best of luck!!
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February 19th, 2010, 09:32 PM
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I agree with qberry. I think you should be upfront an honest. He is going to find out sooner or later when you start showing. I had a lot of teachers that gave birth near the beginning of the year and they just brought in a sub for 6 weeks. No biggie. My boss was happier that I told her early rather than waiting. I think they feel better when you let them know before they have to figure it out on their own.
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February 19th, 2010, 10:45 PM
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Thank you so much for your help, the good thing is that I have a great rapport with the principal and vice principal, I definitely plan for them to be the first to know, and at this point I hope that I won't really be showing until I (hopefully!) come back in the fall. I just enjoy the separation of home and career life, it makes things simpler when it is time to be professional and time to be a friend, daughter, etc.....Have a great night!
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February 20th, 2010, 12:00 AM
tracey22's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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That happened to my sister when she was just hired... well actually she was pg when they hired her she just didn't tell them until after they hired her. Everything was ok, sure they were not exactly happy that they hired a pg teacher but found a sub for 6 weeks and were not mad at her for really wanting the job.

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