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Policies » Section A: Foundations & Basic Commitments » ACN: Nursing Mothers Accommodation

Policy Date: 01/04/2024

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A. Statement of Purpose

The District provides a supportive environment as to time and place for employees (collectively
“nursing mothers). Subject to the terms and exceptions set forth in this policy, the District will
accommodate the needs of nursing mothers by providing reasonable times and suitable spaces
for nursing mothers to nurse during school and work hours for one year after the birth of the
child. Nursing for purposes of this policy will include expression of milk by manual or
mechanical means.

No nursing mother will be discriminated against for nursing or nursing related activities as
provided in this policy, and reasonable efforts will be made to assist nursing mothers in
meeting their infant feeding goals while at work or school.

B. Accommodation Notice and Plans

A nursing or expectant mother should contact the building principal or employee’s supervisor at
least two weeks before the need for nursing accommodations arises. The District will endeavor
to meet the break and space needs of each nursing mother. However, when ordinary
accommodations (as discussed below) will create undue hardship to the operations of the
school/workplace, the District will work with the nursing mother to determine whether other
acceptable accommodations may be made. Such other accommodations could include such
items as a change in work/class assignments, or schedules. When acceptable accommodations
are unattainable, the building principal or other administrator working with the nursing mother
should consult with the District’s Human Rights/Non-Discrimination Officer or Superintendent.

A nursing accommodation plan should be revisited upon the nursing mother’s request, or at
least every three months, with adjustments made to the accommodations for breaks as nursing
needs change.

C. Reasonable Time to Express Milk during the School Day

Absent undue hardship or other accommodations as established under Section B, above, a
nursing mother will have a minimum of three opportunities (“nursing period”) during a work or
school day, at agreed upon intervals (which should include flexibility as appropriate and
practicable) for the purpose of nursing or to address other needs relating to nursing. An
employee can use usual break and meal periods if she chooses.

A nursing mother who is an hourly employee will be paid during nursing periods. Nursing
mothers shall not be required to “make up” time relating to the use of unpaid nursing periods.

D. Suitable Private Areas for Nursing

Nursing mothers will be provided with a private place, other than a bathroom, in each school
district building in which a nursing mother spends her working or school day. The nursing

1. May be temporary or permanent.
2. Shall be shielded from view and free from intrusion by other persons, including without
limitation other staff or students;
3. Shall be within a reasonable walk to the nursing mothers work-station or classroom
unless otherwise agreed by the nursing mother;
4. Have at a minimum an electrical outlet and a chair if feasible;
5. Have a sink with running water if feasible, or be in proximity to one;
6. Have a refrigerator for breast milk storage if feasible, or be in proximity to one; and
7. Shall be cleaned regularly by District staff assigned to that duty.

E. Nursing Mother Responsibilities.

Nursing mothers will:

1. Provide at least two weeks advance notice of the need for nursing accommodations,
preferably prior to their return to school following the birth of the child. This will allow
school administrators the opportunity to establish a location and work out scheduling
2. Maintain the nursing area by wiping down surfaces with antibacterial wipes so the area
is clean for the next user.
3. Provide their own supplies as is necessary.

F. Prohibited conduct.

Any intentional act which violates a nursing mother’s privacy, aims to frustrate a nursing
mother’s intentions to use the nursing facilities, or constitutes harassment on account of a
nursing mother’s needs or breastfeeding status is prohibited, and shall be treated as violation
of the applicable code of conduct, with possible disciplinary consequences and may constitute
sexual harassment and reported to the Title IX Coordinator.

G. Dissemination of policy.

This policy shall be printed or summarized in applicable employee handbook. For employees, if
the handbook is not provided at the time of hire, then the District will provide a copy of this
policy at the time of hire.

Adopted: January 4, 2024