Oregon - Alternative Education for Expelled Students: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law requires districts to operate alternative school programs or to provide educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.

Oregon Administrative Rules 581-021-0071 District Information for Parents and Students Regarding the Availability of Alternative Education Programs

(2) District school boards shall adopt policies and procedures for notification to students and parents, or guardians of the availability of appropriate and accessible alternative programs. This notification shall be provided in the following situations:

  • (a) Upon the occurrence of a second or any subsequent occurrence of a severe disciplinary problem within a three-year period;
  • (b) When the district finds a student's attendance pattern to be so erratic that the student is not benefiting from the educational program;
  • (c) When the district is considering expulsion as a disciplinary alternative;
  • (d) When a student is expelled pursuant to subsection (3) of ORS 339.250; and
  • (e) When an emancipated minor, parent, or legal guardian applies for a student's exemption from compulsory attendance on a semiannual basis as provided in ORS 339.030(5).

(3) The notification must include but is not limited to the following:

  • (a) Student action which is the basis for consideration of alternative education;
  • (b) Listing of alternative programs available to this student for which the district would provide financial support in accordance with ORS 339.620 except that when notice is given in accordance with subsection (2)(e) of this rule the district shall not be obligated to provide financial support;
  • (c) The program recommended for the student based on student's learning styles and needs;
  • (d) Procedures for enrolling the student in the recommended program; and
  • (e) When the parent or guardian's language is other than English, the district must provide notification in manner that the parent or guardian can understand.

(4) The district shall inform all parents or guardians of the law regarding alternative education and educational services available to students by such means as a statement in the student/parent handbook, notice in the newspaper, or an individual letter to a parent.

(5) District school boards shall adopt a procedure for parents or guardians to request establishment of alternative programs within the district.

(6) District school boards shall not approve the enrollment of a pupil in a private alternative program unless the private alternative program meets all requirements of OAR 581-021-0045.

Oregon Administrative Rules 581-022-2505 Alternative Education Programs

(5) School districts shall adopt policies and procedures to approve placing students in district approved public alternative education programs and district approved private alternative education programs. Such policies and procedures must ensure that:

  • (a) Students placed in alternative education programs are those whose educational needs and interests are best served by participation in such programs and will include:
    • (A) Students identified pursuant to ORS 339.250:
      • (i) Who are being considered for suspension or expulsion pursuant to ORS 339.250;
      • (ii) Who have been suspended or expelled pursuant to ORS 339.250;
      • (iii) Whose attendance patterns have been found to be so erratic that the students are not benefiting from the regular educational program; or
      • (iv) Who have had a second or subsequent occurrence within any three-year period of a severe disciplinary problem;
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