††††† 704 KAR 19:002. Alternative education programs.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 156.070, 156.160, 160.380

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 156.070, 156.160

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 156.070 grants the Kentucky Board of Education the authority over the management and control of programs operated in the common schools. KRS 156.160 grants the Kentucky Board of Education the specific authority to promulgate administrative regulations establishing standards which school districts shall meet in program service to students. This administrative regulation establishes minimum requirements for the operation of alternative education programs in school districts.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Alternative education program" is defined by KRS 160.380(1)(a).

††††† (2) ďChild with a disabilityĒ means a child evaluated in accordance with 707 KAR 1:300, as meeting the criteria listed in the definitions in 707 KAR 1:002 for autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional-behavior disability, hearing impairment, mental disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment which has an adverse effect on the childís educational performance and who, as a result, needs special education and related services.

††††† (3) "Individual education program" or "IEP" means a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with 707 KAR 1:320.

††††† (4) "Individual learning plan" or "ILP" means a comprehensive framework for advising students in grades six (6) through twelve (12) to engage in coursework and activities that will best prepare them to both realize college and career success and become contributing members of their communities.

††††† (5) "Individual learning plan addendum" or "ILPA" means an action plan that addresses the changed educational needs of a student based upon entry into or exit from an alternative education program that includes, as appropriate, academic and behavioral needs of the student, criteria for the studentís re-entry into the traditional program, and provisions for regular review of the studentís progress throughout the school year while in an alternative education program.

††††† (6) "Involuntary placement" means the placement of a student in an alternative education program by local district school personnel:

††††† (a)1. To ensure the safety of the individual student, the student body, or staff;

††††† 2. To meet the educational needs of the student;

††††† 3. To transition the student to a placement as a state agency child pursuant to KRS 158.135 and 505 KAR 1:080; or

††††† 4. For disciplinary purposes; and

††††† (b) Not made at the request of the parent or emancipated student.

††††† (7) "Off-site program" means an alternative education program located in a separate and dedicated program facility not located within the studentís assigned school.

††††† (8) "On-site program" means an alternative education program located within the studentís assigned school.

††††† (9) "Voluntary placement" means the placement of a student in an alternative education program at the request of the parent or emancipated student and with the agreement of school personnel to better meet the educational needs of the student.

 

††††† Section 2. General Requirements. (1)(a) A district shall ensure that each alternative education program:

††††† 1. Aligns with college and career readiness outcomes;

††††† 2. Is not limited in scope or design; and

††††† 3. Includes training to build capacity of staff and administrators to deliver high-quality services and programming that conform with best practices and guide all students to college and career readiness.

††††† (b) A student enrolled in an alternative education program may be eligible to participate in one (1) or more types of programs to address student learning needs that may include an alternative digital learning environment, credit recovery, or an innovative path to graduation.

††††† (2) Each local board of education shall adopt and annually review policies and procedures for the operation of each alternative education program within the district. Locally-adopted policies and procedures shall include the:

††††† (a) Purpose of the program, including the ways the program supports the districtís college and career readiness goals for students;

††††† (b) Eligibility criteria, as appropriate;

††††† (c) Process for entering students into the program;

††††† (d) Process for transitioning students out of the program;

††††† (e) Composition of the team to develop the ILPA, which shall include an invitation to the parents to participate and, as appropriate, an invitation to the student to participate; and

††††† (f) Procedures for collaboration with outside agencies involved with involuntary placements, including courts or other social service agencies to address student transitions between programs.

††††† (3) An alternative education program shall be either an on-site program or an off-site program.

††††† (4) Alternative education program curriculum shall be aligned with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards established in 704 KAR 3:303, and the student learning goals in the ILP.

††††† (5) Each alternative education program student shall be subject to the minimum graduation requirements established in 704 KAR 3:305 and any additional local district graduation requirements.

††††† (6) An alternative education program shall be subject to any applicable requirements of 703 KAR 5:225 and Kentuckyís Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver, or its successor.

††††† (7) Each student participating in an alternative education program shall be eligible to access extracurricular activities as allowed by local district and school council policies and by 702 KAR 7:065 or other applicable organization rules.

††††† (8) Each student participating in an alternative education program shall continue to be able to access resources and services already available in the district, including instructional materials, tutoring, intervention, and counseling services, in furtherance of each studentís educational program as determined through the development of the ILPA.

 

††††† Section 3. Placement of Students. (1)(a) The placement of students by the district in an alternative education program shall be either voluntary or involuntary.

††††† (b) A student entering an alternative education program shall meet the eligibility requirements for the program established by the local board pursuant to Section 2 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (c) The district shall ensure that an ILP, as required by 704 KAR 3:305, exists prior to placement of a student in an alternative education program.

††††† (2)(a) The placement decision for all students with an IEP shall be made through the admissions and release committee (ARC) process pursuant to 707 KAR 1:320.

††††† (b) For a child with a disability, the IEP shall address the changed educational delivery needs of the student based upon entry into or exit from an alternative education program.

††††† (c) The placement decisions for a student who has been identified under 29 U.S.C. ß794, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, shall be made through a team process consistent with the applicable requirements outlined in 34 C.F.R. Part 104.

 

††††† Section 4. Costs and Expenditures. Each district shall use the statewide financial management system and chart of accounts to track costs and expenditures associated with each alternative education program operating in the district.

 

††††† Section 5. Data. (1) Each district shall utilize the student information system to enter data regarding each student enrolled in an alternative education program.

††††† (2) Data collected shall include demographic, programmatic, or other data fields contained in the student information system or required by the department to track and report student participation, educational programming, achievement, and transition to and from alternative education programs.

 

††††† Section 6. Personnel. Alternative education program teachers and administrators shall be subject to the teacher certification requirements established in KRS 161.020, and shall comply with the classified and certified assignment restrictions established in KRS 160.380(3). (39 Ky.R. 1082; 1465; 1694; eff. 3-8-13.)