Teen pregnancies at Roosevelt High have dropped since the school teamed up with Planned Parenthood to open a family planning clinic on the Boyle Heights campus. But teens continue to get pregnant, and school nurse Sherry Medrano – who hands out condoms, birth control pills and advice to students – tells NPR that right now is the peak time of the year for Roosevelt High pregnancies. Said Medrano:
“What I call my peak season is March 1 through June 1. … I attribute it to several things — Valentine’s Day, prom, different events that happen,” she says. “I know everybody laughs when I say that, but you know, that’s the only thing [to which] I can attribute the peak in teen pregnancies during that time period.”
With two weeks left before the peak pregnancy season ends, Roosevelt High parents might want to consider escorting their kids to the next school dance.