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2255 (P) - Alternative Learning Experience Programs

BOARD POLICY No. 2255

Alternative Learning Experience Programs

The district establishes the Homelink and Opportunity programs, an alternative learning experience program, provided onsite or over the internet or by other electronic means, as defined in Washington Administrative Code (WAC 392-121-182.)

  1. Each student participating in an alternative learning experience must have a written student learning plan developed by a certificated teacher that is designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs.. A certificated teacher must have responsibility and accountability for each course specified in the plan, including supervision and monitoring, and evaluation and documentation of the student’s progress. The written student learning plan may be developed with assistance from the student, the student’s parents, or other interested parties.
  2. An annual report shall include at least the following:
    1. Documentation of alternative learning experience student headcount and full-time equivalent enrollment claimed for basic education funding;
    2. Identification of the overall ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students enrolled in each alternative learning experience program;
    3. A description of how the program supports the district’s overall goals and objectives for student academic achievement; and
    4. Results of any self-evaluations conducted.
  3. “Satisfactory progress” means a certificated teacher has determined that a student’s progress toward achieving the specific learning goals and performance objectives specified in the written student learning plan is satisfactory. The evaluation of satisfactory progress is conducted in a manner consistent with school district student evaluation or grading procedures, and is based on the professional judgment of a certificated teacher;
  4. Each student enrolled in an alternative learning experience program must have one of the following methods of contact:
    1. Direct personal contact with a certificated teacher at least once a school week, until the student completes all course objectives or otherwise meets the requirements of the learning plan; or
    2. In-person instructional contact according to the following time requirements:
      1. Fifteen minutes per school week for students whose learning plan includes an estimate of five hours per school week or less;
      2. Thirty minutes per school week for students whose learning plan includes an estimate of more than five hours per week but less than sixteen hours per week and
      3. One hour for students whose learning plan includes an estimate of more than fifteen hours per week; or
    3. For students whose written student learning plan includes only on-line courses as defined by RCW 28A.250.010, synchronous digital instructional contact according to the following time requirements:
      1. Fifteen minutes per school week for students whose learning plan includes an estimate of five hours per school week or less;
      2. Thirty minutes per school week for students whose learning plan includes an estimate of more than five hours per week but less than sixteen hours per week; and
      3. One hour for students whose learning plan includes an estimate of more than fifteen hours per week; or
  5. Each student’s educational progress will be reviewed at least monthly. The results of the reviews shall be shared with the students and with the parents or guardians of students in K-8 programs.
  6. District Supervision
    1. The district shall designate one or more person(s) responsible for approving specific alternative learning experience programs or courses, monitoring compliance with WAC 392-121-182 and reporting at the end of each school year to the school district board of directors on the program.
  7. The district alternative learning program shall satisfy the state board of education requirements for courses of study or equivalencies; and if the program offers credit or a high school diploma, the alternative learning program must meet the minimum high school graduation requirements.
  8. The district shall identify expenditures, directly related to the student learning plans, paid for by participants that are reimbursable by the district.

Legal Reference:

WAC

392-121-182

Alternative learning experience requirements

RCW
28A.320.230

Instruction Materials

Cross References:

RCW

28A.250.010

Definitions

Board Policy 2020

Curriculum Development and Adoption of Instructional Materials

 

Adopted by the Board July 16, 2002

Revised October 7, 2003

Revised April 18, 2006

Revised: September 3, 2013

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