Delaware - Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to use alternatives to out-of-school suspension or expulsion, such as, in-school suspension, behavioral interventions, or restorative practices.

Delaware Administrative Code 14-609 District and School Based Intervention Services

4.0  School Based Intervention Programs

  • 4.1 If a district, through its LEA Consolidated Application, provides a School Based Intervention Program as part of the services provided to disruptive students, such Program shall meet the following requirements:
  • 4.2 A School Based Intervention Program shall include both short term and long term intervention strategies. Such strategies may include character education, short or long term counseling to improve behavior which impacts educational performance, and methods to identify the need to refer students for additional services either within the district or to other agencies. The Program shall also include support services to provide a smooth transition for students who are returning to their regular school from a Consortium Discipline Alternative Program or from a Department of Services to Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) setting.
  • 4.3 The decision to place a student in the School Based Intervention Program shall be made by the student's Intervention Team. The Intervention Team shall include the building principal or assistant principal, school nurse, counselor, social worker (if the student receives social work services), and a teacher familiar with the student. Other individuals, including parents, guardians or Relative Caregivers, may be invited as appropriate.
  • 4.4 When placing an IDEA-identified student with a disability in a School Based Intervention Program, the Intervention Team and a student's IEP team may be the same as long as the membership of the Intervention Team also meets the requirements of 14 DE Admin. Code 925. When placing a student with a disability identified under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Intervention Team may be the same as a multidisciplinary team authorized to make placement decisions as long the Intervention Team also meets the requirements of 34 C.F.R. 104.35.

13 DE Reg. 1301 (04/01/10)

5.0  Evaluation of Services

Any local school district receiving a grant pursuant to this regulation shall submit an annual evaluation report on the effectiveness of its District and School Based Intervention Services. Such report shall be submitted as part of the LEA Consolidated Application process and shall conform to content and format standards.

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