State law requires districts to operate alternative school programs or to provide educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.
Code of the District of Columbia 38–233. Alternative educational programs.
The Board of Education shall provide to any student who is expelled from school in accordance with this subchapter an alternative educational program at the D.C. Street Academy, at another existing alternative educational program, or at any alternative educational program that may be established in the future. Not later than 90 days after the effective date of this subchapter: (1) The Mayor and the Board of Education shall submit a report to the Council delineating a comprehensive plan for providing alternative educational services to a student who has been expelled from a District of Columbia Public School setting. (2) The comprehensive plan shall include a description of the alternative education services to be provided to an expelled student, each location where the alternative education services shall be provided, and the estimated annual cost of providing the alternative education services.
District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2504. Policy for Suspensions and Expulsions
2504.10 A student who has been suspended or expelled shall have access to an Education Plan as follows: (a) If a student is suspended for fewer than eleven (11) days, the principal initiating the Suspension shall provide an Education Plan that meets the student's educational needs and allows the student to make up any class and homework assignments and exams without penalty. (b) If a student is suspended for eleven (11) days or more or expelled, the student shall be placed in an Alternative Educational Setting that will allow the student the opportunity to continue to earn credits towards promotion or graduation requirements.
District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2599 Definitions
"Alternative Educational Setting" - an educational program other than that in which the student was placed prior to disciplinary action.