State law requires districts to operate alternative school programs or to provide educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.
Alternative Education Opportunities For Students Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation
This framework provides best practices for the delivery of educational opportunities to students who have been expelled and placed in alternative education settings.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-233d. Expulsion of pupils.
(d) No local or regional board of education is required to offer an alternative educational opportunity, except in accordance with this section. Any pupil under sixteen years of age who is expelled shall be offered an alternative educational opportunity, which shall be (1) alternative education, as defined by section 10-74j, with an individualized learning plan, if such board provides such alternative education, or (2) in accordance with the Standard adopted by the State Board of Education, pursuant to section 3 of this act, during the period of expulsion, provided any parent or guardian of such pupil who does not choose to have his or her child enrolled in an alternative educational opportunity shall not be subject to the provisions of section 10-184. Any pupil expelled for the first time who is between the ages of sixteen and eighteen and who wishes to continue his or her education shall be offered such an alternative educational opportunity if he or she complies with conditions established by his or her local or regional board of education. Such alternative educational opportunity may include, but shall not be limited to, the placement of a pupil who is at least seventeen years of age in an adult education program pursuant to section 10-69, as amended by this act. Any pupil participating in any such adult education program during a period of expulsion shall not be required to withdraw from school under section 10-184. A local or regional board of education shall count the expulsion of a pupil when he was under sixteen years of age for purposes of determining whether an alternative educational opportunity is required for such pupil when he is between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. A local or regional board of education may offer an alternative educational opportunity to a pupil for whom such alternative educational opportunity is not required pursuant to this section.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-233o. Standard re alternative educational opportunities.
Not later than August 15, 2017, the State Board of Education shall adopt Standard for the provision of an adequate alternative educational opportunity, offered pursuant to subsection (d) of section 10-233d. Such Standard shall include, but need not be limited to, the kind of instruction and number of hours to be provided to a student enrolled in an alternative educational opportunity.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-74j. Alternative education.
(a) As used in this section, “alternative education” means a school or program maintained and operated by a local or regional board of education that is offered to students in a nontraditional educational setting and addresses the social, emotional, behavioral and academic needs of such students.
(b) A local or regional board of education may provide alternative education to students, in accordance with guidelines established by the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-74k. A local or regional board of education may use space in an existing school or establish a new school for the purposes of providing alternative education to students. Alternative education shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of sections 10-15 and 10-16 and shall be subject to all federal and state laws governing public schools.
(c) Each local and regional board of education shall make available on its Internet web site information relating to alternative education offered under this section, including, but not limited to, the purpose, location, contact information, staff directory and enrollment criteria for such alternative education.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-74k. Alternative education guidelines. Identification and organization codes.
(a) The Department of Education shall develop guidelines for the provision of alternative education, as defined in section 10-74j. Such guidelines shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the purpose and expectations of alternative education, criteria for who is eligible to receive alternative education and criteria for how and when a student may enter or exit alternative education. (b) The department shall assign an identification code and organization code to each school or program of alternative education provided by a local or regional board of education for purposes of collecting, tracking and monitoring such alternative education in the public school information system, pursuant to section 10-10a.
Guidelines for Alternative Education Settings
These guidelines from the Connecticut State Board of Education address alternative education programs for students who have been expelled.
Standard for Educational Opportunities for Students Who Have Been Expelled
These Standard from the Connecticut State Board of Education address alternative education programs for students who have been expelled.