Texas - Reengagement Plans for Suspended or Expelled Students: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to adopt plans or policies to support students’ return to school following suspension or expulsion.

Texas Statutes 37.008 Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs

(a) Each school district shall provide a disciplinary alternative education program that:

  • (1) is provided in a setting other than a student’s regular classroom;

  • (2) is located on or off of a regular school campus;

  • (3) provides for the students who are assigned to the disciplinary alternative education program to be separated from students who are not assigned to the program;

  • (4) focuses on English language arts, mathematics, science, history, and self-discipline;

  • (5) provides for students’ educational and behavioral needs;

  • (6) provides supervision and counseling; and

  • (7) employs only teachers who meet all certification requirements established under Subchapter B, Chapter 21.

(a-1) The agency shall adopt minimum standards for the operation of disciplinary alternative education programs, including standards relating to:

  • (1) student/teacher ratios;

  • (2) student health and safety;

  • (3) reporting of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of students;

  • (4) training for teachers in behavior management and safety procedures; and

  • (5) planning for a student’s transition from a disciplinary alternative education program to a regular campus.


Texas Statutes 37.008 Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs

(k) A program of educational and support services may be provided to a student and the student’s parents when the offense involves drugs or alcohol as specified under Section 37.006 or 37.007. A disciplinary alternative education program that provides chemical dependency treatment services must be licensed under Chapter 464, Health and Safety Code.

(l) A school district is required to provide in the district’s disciplinary alternative education program a course necessary to fulfill a student’s high school graduation requirements only as provided by this subsection. A school district shall offer a student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program an opportunity to complete coursework before the beginning of the next school year. The school district may provide the student an opportunity to complete coursework through any method available, including a correspondence course, distance learning, or summer school. The district may not charge the student for a course provided under this subsection.

(l-1) A school district shall provide the parents of a student removed to a disciplinary alternative education program with written notice of the district’s obligation under Subsection (l) to provide the student with an opportunity to complete coursework required for graduation. The notice must:

  • (1) include information regarding all methods available for completing the coursework; and

  • (2) state that the methods are available at no cost to the student.

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