Kern Union HSD
The district's continuation education program shall include the following components:
1. Curriculum that prepares students to meet the course requirements for graduation prescribed in Education Code 51224-51225.3 (5 CCR 11004)
(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)
(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)
(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)
(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)
(cf. 6162.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)
(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)
(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)
2. A plan to coordinate instruction and training in the continuation education program with students' parents/guardians, employment, and other agencies (5 CCR 11003)
3. Instruction based on individual student needs as determined by counseling and coordination services (5 CCR 11002)
4. Personal guidance in matters affecting students' personal, social, and educational adjustment (5 CCR 11001)
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
5. Occupational guidance to prepare students for future employment opportunities (5 CCR 11001)
6. Placement in suitable employment whenever students can benefit from such employment, and follow-up visitations at places of employment to determine the effectiveness of the guidance and placement services (5 CCR 11001)
(cf. 5113.2 - Work Permits)
(cf. 6178.1 - Work-Based Learning)
7. Regular home contacts and parent conferences when students are not succeeding in the continuation program (5 CCR 11001)
(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)
8. Regular contacts with students enrolled for only four hours per week and all students suspended from continuation education, with the intent of eventually returning them to the full-time continuation education program (5 CCR 11001)
9. Regular communication with all parents/guardians regarding their child's progress in the educational program
(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)
10. Opportunities for parent/guardian and community involvement in school activities and program planning
(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)
11. Student support services that may include, but are not limited to, academic support services, health services or referrals, child care and development services for the children of enrolled students, and/or prevention and intervention services for alcohol or substance abuse. Enrolled students may be referred to appropriate agencies for purposes of child care and development services.
(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)
(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)
(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)
(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)
(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)
(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)
(cf. 6164.5 - Student Success Teams)
(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)
12. Professional development that includes opportunities for teachers to continually improve their instructional and classroom management skills
(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)
13. Efforts to ensure school safety and promote a positive school climate
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)
(cf. 3515.3 - District Police/Security Department)
(cf. 5131 - Conduct)
(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)
(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)
(cf. 5136 - Gangs)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
A decision to transfer a student involuntarily into continuation education classes shall be based on a finding that the student meets either of the following conditions: (Education Code 48432.5)
1. The student committed an act enumerated in Education Code 48900.
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))
(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)
2. The student has been habitually truant or irregular in attendance from instruction he/she is lawfully required to attend.
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)
When conditions exist that may lead to a student's involuntary transfer to continuation school, the principal or designee shall investigate the student's conduct. This investigation will include a discussion with the student so that the student may be heard.
Involuntary transfer to a continuation school shall be made only when other means fail to bring about student improvement. However, a student may be involuntarily transferred the first time he/she commits an act enumerated in Education Code 48900 if the principal determines that the student's presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process. (Education Code 48432.5)
Prior to an involuntary transfer, the student and parent/guardian shall be given written notice that they may request a meeting with the Superintendent or designee. (Education Code 48432.5)
If the principal determines that grounds for an involuntary transfer exist, the principal shall proceed in the following manner:
1. If warranted, the principal or designee shall implement suspension procedures as set forth in administrative regulation 5144.1;
2. By the third day of a student's suspension, and following the decision to recommend involuntary transfer to continuation school by the principal or designee, the principal or designee shall provide written notice to the student and parent/guardian of the recommended transfer, the reasons for the recommendation, and the opportunity to request a meeting with a designee of the superintendent prior to the transfer. (Education Code 48432.5.)
3. When a parent/guardian has been provided notice of a transfer as set forth herein and requests a meeting with a designee of the superintendent prior to the proposed transfer, the superintendent's designee will meet with the student and the student's parent/guardian. At the meeting, the student or parent/guardian shall be informed of the specific facts and reasons for the proposed transfer. The student or parent/guardian shall have the opportunity to inspect all documents relied upon, question any evidence and witnesses presented, and present evidence on the student's behalf. The student may designate one or more representatives and witnesses to be present with him/her at the meeting. (Education Code 48432.5)
4. If the Superintendent's designee determines that an involuntary transfer to continuation school is not appropriate, the student will be returned immediately to his regular high school program or to a program mutually agreed upon during the conference.
5. If the Superintendent's designee determines that an involuntary transfer to continuation school is in order, the student will be assigned to the continuation school. The persons making the final decision for involuntary transfer shall not be members of the staff of the school in which the student is enrolled at the time. (Education Code 48432.5)
6. The decision to transfer shall be in writing stating the fact and reason for the transfer. The written decision will include the duration of assignment to continuation school, and shall indicate whether the decision is subject to periodic review and the procedure for such review. (Education Code 48432.5)
No involuntary transfer to a continuation school shall extend beyond the end of the semester following the semester when the acts leading to the involuntary transfer occurred. (Education Code 48432.5)
As space permits, students who meet the eligibility criteria specified in Board policy may voluntarily enroll in a continuation school. A student may be considered for placement in the continuation school whenever his/her parent/guardian submits a written request to the Superintendent or designee or the student is referred by a counselor or school administrator.
Approval of a student's voluntary transfer shall be based on a finding that the placement will promote the educational interests of the student. (Education Code 48432.3)
Voluntary enrollment shall be subject to the following conditions: (Education Code 48432.3, 48432.5)
1. A student's voluntary placement in continuation education shall not be used as an alternative to expulsion unless alternative means of correction have been attempted pursuant to Education Code 48900.5.
2. The district shall strive to ensure that no specific group of students, including a group based on race, ethnicity, language status, or special needs, is disproportionately enrolled in continuation education within the district.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
The Superintendent or designee shall annually review disaggregated student enrollment data and report such data to the Governing Board. If it is determined that one or more student groups are enrolled in continuation education at a significantly higher level than their proportional enrollment in the district, the Superintendent or designee shall conduct a review of enrollment criteria and procedures to determine the reason for the disproportionate enrollment.
3. A copy of this administrative regulation and accompanying Board policy shall be provided to a student whose voluntary transfer to a continuation school is under consideration and to his/her parent/guardian.
4. Before a student is transferred and upon request by his/her parent/guardian, the parent/guardian may meet with a counselor, principal, or administrator from both the school that the student is currently attending and the continuation school to determine if transferring is the best option for the student.
5. To the extent possible, voluntary transfer to a continuation school shall occur within the first four weeks of each semester.
6. A student who is voluntarily enrolled in continuation education may return to the regular high school at the beginning of the following school year, or at any other time with the consent of the Superintendent or designee.
Intake and Orientation
Upon voluntary or involuntary transfer to a continuation education program, an intake meeting shall be conducted with each student and his/her parent/guardian. At this meeting, the principal or counselor shall provide information about each course and number of credits that the student needs to complete in order to graduate and shall develop an individualized academic plan for the student. The student, and his/her parent/guardian as appropriate, shall sign a contract indicating their commitment to these objectives.
In addition, at the beginning of each school year, the district coordinator for continuation education, school counselor(s), or other continuation school site administrator or designee(s) shall provide an orientation session for all incoming students and their parents/guardians in order to help them understand the credit recovery process and establish expectations for student conduct and participation. As appropriate, extended orientation sessions may be provided to assist students in developing academic, social, communication, anger management, or other skills necessary to success in school.
Minimum Attendance Requirement
In continuation high schools and classes, a day of attendance shall be at least 180 minutes. (Education Code 46170)
Each student shall attend classes for not less than 15 hours per week. However, if a student gives satisfactory proof of regular employment, he/she may attend classes for not less than four hours per week for the regular school term. These requirements may be met by any combination of attendance in a continuation education class and/or regional occupational center or program. (Education Code 46170, 48402, 48400)
Leaves of Absence
A student enrolled in compulsory continuation education classes may take a leave of absence for up to two semesters for the purpose of supervised travel, study, training, or work in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. (Education Code 48416)
(cf. 5112.3 - Student Leave of Absence)
Any person age 16 or 17 years who terminated his/her enrollment in continuation school after obtaining a certificate of proficiency may reenroll in the district once without prejudice. If the student leaves a second time, the Superintendent or designee may deny reenrollment until the beginning of the next semester. (Education Code 48414)
(cf. 6146.2 - Certificate of Proficiency/High School Equivalency)
Regulation KERN UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: November 2, 2009 Bakersfield, California
revised: March 2016