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).
Administrative Rules of Montana 10.55.701 Board of trustees
(2) Each school district shall make available to the staff and public:
(p) a policy, procedure, or plan addressing suicide prevention and response as outlined in 10.55.720.
(m) a comprehensive family engagement policy aligned to meet the following goals:
(vi) families and school staff collaborate with members of the community to connect students, families, and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.
Montana Code Annotated 90.14.105 Duties and powers of state agencies.
(1) The following state agencies are responsible for developing and implementing community service opportunities consistent with the mission and functions of each agency:
- (a) The office of public instruction implements volunteer projects in elementary and secondary public, private, and home schools in Montana, including activities sponsored by schools or community-based agencies, to involve school-age youth, including dropouts and out-of-school youth, in service to the community, as well as for programs that involve adult volunteers in the schools. A school district is expected to be the first agency that informs students about the many opportunities to participate in broader community service under this part through federal service learning grants and any other revenue received for purposes consistent with this part.