State law requires districts to implement community service education or service learning programs, or encourages and offers student incentives for participation (e.g., recognition programs or course credit).
Diploma Endorsements - Community Service Endorsement Requirements
(LEAs) may award a Community Service Diploma Endorsement to students completing a total of 80 hours of community service in ninth through twelfth grade
Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 2317. High Schools
I. Community Service Diploma Endorsement
- LEAs may allow students to earn a community service diploma endorsement.
- Entering freshmen in 2013-2014 and beyond may earn the community service diploma endorsement by completing documented community service according to the following schedule:
a. ninth grade--10 hours;
b. tenth grade--20 hours;
c. eleventh grade--25 hours;
d. twelfth grade--25 hours;
e. total--80 hours.
- The LEAs shall collect documentation of community service hours on forms provided on the LDE website.
- Students transferring into a participating LEA after the ninth grade or students graduating early may receive an endorsement provided that the minimum requirement for each year they attend a participating LEA is met and a total of 80 community service hours are completed prior to graduation.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:183.5. Methods of program development; options to aid in curriculum design; career major teachers.
A. To develop and implement any career major program, school principals and superintendents may choose one of the following methods: (1) Work as a system in developing a system-wide program. (2) Work as individual schools in developing individual school programs. (3) Work as groups of high schools in developing various consortia programs. B. The following options may be incorporated into school planning to aid in curriculum design: ... (6) Arrangements for students to complete more in-depth study through job shadowing, mentoring, paid or unpaid internships, pre-apprenticeships, registered apprenticeship programs, community service, project learning, school-based enterprises, and early admission to postsecondary education or training.
Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:264. Community service; high school diploma endorsement program.
A. (1) The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education may establish a “Distinction for Community Service” diploma endorsement program to recognize high school students who perform a certain number of hours of documented community service. The number of service hours required to earn a diploma endorsement shall be determined by the state board and shall accrue from the ninth grade through the twelfth grade. (2) Not later than March first of each year, provided that a diploma endorsement program as authorized in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection is implemented, the state board shall provide a written report to the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education, which shall contain, at a minimum, the following: (a) The goals and objectives of the diploma endorsement program. (b) The number of community service endorsements awarded to students for the preceding school year. (c) The types of community service performed by students for the preceding school year. (d) The results and effectiveness of the program. B. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt necessary rules and guidelines for the proper implementation of any diploma endorsement program for community service developed pursuant to Paragraph (A)(1) of this Section, and each city, parish, and other local public school board shall provide for such community service in accordance with such rules and guidelines.