State law encourages districts to operate alternative school programs or to ensure access to educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.
Nevada Revised Statutes 388.537. Alternative programs for pupils at risk of dropping out of school.
The board of trustees of a school district may, subject to the approval of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, operate an alternative program for the education of pupils at risk of dropping out of school, including pupils who are enrolled in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive.
The board of trustees of a school district may submit to the Department, in the form prescribed by the Department, a plan to operate an alternative program.
The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall review each plan to operate an alternative program submitted to the Department and approve or deny the plan. Approval by the Superintendent constitutes approval of each component of the plan for the alternative program.
If a plan for an alternative program is denied by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the board of trustees of a school district may appeal the decision of the Superintendent to the State Board. The State Board may approve or deny the plan for the alternative program upon appeal.
An alternative program may include:
- (a) A shorter school day or an opportunity for pupils to attend a longer school day than that regularly provided in the school district. The alternative program must provide for a number of minutes of instruction that is equal to or greater than that which would be provided under a program consisting of 180 school days.
- (b) An opportunity for pupils to attend classes of instruction during any part of the calendar year.
- (c) A comprehensive curriculum that includes elective classes of instruction and career and technical education.
- (d) An opportunity for pupils to obtain academic credit through experience gained at work or while engaged in other activities.
- (e) An opportunity for pupils to satisfy either:
- (1) The requirements for a regular high school diploma; or
- (2) The requirements for an adult standard diploma.
- (f) The provision of child care for the children of pupils.
- (g) The transportation of pupils to and from classes of instruction.
- (h) The placement of pupils for independent study pursuant to NRS 389.155, if the board of trustees of the school district determines that the pupil would benefit from such placement.
The board of trustees of a school district may operate an alternative program pursuant to this section through a program of distance education pursuant to NRS 388.820 to 388.874, inclusive.
Nevada Revised Statutes 392.4675. Certain suspended or expelled pupils ineligible to attend public school; authority for school district or charter school to enroll ineligible pupil in alternative programs, independent study, distance education, charter school designated for pupils with disciplinary problems or challenge school.
- Except as otherwise provided in this section, a pupil who is suspended or expelled from: (a) Any public school in this State pursuant to NRS 392.466; or (b) Any school outside of this State for the commission of any act which, if committed within this State, would be a ground for suspension or expulsion from public school pursuant to NRS 392.466, is ineligible to attend any public school in this State during the period of that suspension or expulsion.
- A school district or a charter school, if the charter school offers the applicable program, may allow a pupil who is ineligible to attend a public school pursuant to this section to enroll in: (a) An alternative program for the education of pupils at risk of dropping out of school provided pursuant to NRS 388.537; (b) A program of independent study provided pursuant to NRS 389.155 for pupils who have been suspended or expelled from public school; (c) A program of distance education provided pursuant to NRS 388.820 to 388.874, inclusive; (d) Any program of instruction offered pursuant to the provisions of NRS 388.550; or (e) A challenge school, if the pupil qualifies for enrollment and is accepted for enrollment in accordance with the requirements of the applicable school or program. A school district or charter school may conduct an investigation of the background of any such pupil to determine if the educational needs of the pupil may be satisfied without undue disruption to the school or program. If an investigation is conducted, the board of trustees of the school district or the governing body of the charter school shall, based on the results of the investigation, determine if the pupil will be allowed to enroll in such a school or program.
- The provisions of subsections 1 and 2 do not prohibit a pupil from enrolling in a charter school that is designed exclusively for the enrollment of pupils with disciplinary problems if the pupil is accepted for enrollment by the charter school pursuant to NRS 388A.453 or 388A.456. Upon request, the governing body of a charter school must be provided with access to the records of the pupil relating to the pupil’s suspension or expulsion in accordance with applicable federal and state law before the governing body makes a decision concerning the enrollment of the pupil.