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Alternative Education for Expelled Students

Alternative Education for Expelled Students

State law encourages districts to operate alternative school programs or to ensure access to educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.

Wyoming Statutes 21-13-309. Determination of amount to be included in foundation program for each district.

(B) Alternative schools qualifying for separate consideration under the education resource block grant model may be established by a school district for offering educational programs to students with educational needs which the district finds are not appropriately met by other schools in the district, excluding charter schools established under W.S. 21-3-301 through 21-3-314. Alternative schools included within a district’s configuration of schools identified under paragraph (iv) of this subsection shall for purposes of the education resource block grant model:

  • (I) Be approved as an alternative school by the department of education prior to July 1, 2006;

  • (II) Repealed by Laws 2007, ch. 147, § 102.

  • (III) Unless otherwise authorized by the state superintendent, be restricted to not more than one (1) alternative school within any school district;

  • (IV) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (V) of this subparagraph, on and after July 1, 2014, and if not qualifying under subdivision (I) of this subparagraph, be approved by the state superintendent subject to the following:

  • (1) Completion of a formal evaluation of the school district’s at-risk programs to ensure provision of a continuum of learning supports and classroom interventions addressing the needs of at-risk children within the district which is comprised of the following:

  • a. Criteria for identifying at-risk students in accordance with and subject to research-based indicators;

  • b. Use of individual learning plans for each identified at-risk student or an equivalent school-wide plan that defines interventions, programs and services required to address special needs. The plans shall be continuously monitored by the district;

  • c. Use of quality learning supports and classroom interventions based upon the special needs of the student population served by the district and the supports and interventions are supported by and based upon research-based practices and strategies;

  • d. Data based predictors to identify students at-risk of dropping out of school after reaching the age of compulsory attendance pursuant to W.S. 21-4-102 and learning supports and classroom strategies to address this student population.

  • (2) A formal evaluation is conducted by the district not less than once every two (2) years of the school’s programs, comprised of the continuum of learning supports and classroom interventions specified under subdivision (IV)(1) of this subparagraph. The evaluation shall measure the effectiveness of the school’s programs in meeting the needs of those student populations attending the school. Formal evaluations conducted under this subparagraph shall be reported to and approved by the district board and reported to the state superintendent together with action plans addressing necessary program improvements;

  • (3) Student achievement within the school is reported annually by the district to the state superintendent, as measured by quality indicators specified by rule and regulation of the department which reflect the components of the continuum of learning supports and classroom interventions specified under subdivision (IV)(1) of this subparagraph;

  • (4) Educational space for the school is provided through facilities operated and maintained by the district and approved by the state construction department as meeting statewide adequacy Standard. After two (2) evaluations by the state superintendent under subdivision (IV)(3) of this subparagraph that demonstrate academic progress or success of an alternative school’s educational program, the alternative school shall be included in the district’s five (5) year plan under W.S. 21-15-116 and the school’s long-term facility needs shall be evaluated by the state construction department. Notwithstanding subparagraph (m)(vi)(C) of this section, the state construction department shall not approve any district plan which includes educational space for the alternative school within a separate facility unless the district provides sufficient documentation and evidence that the school cannot be collocated within a facility containing educational space for another school with similar grade configurations operated by the district.

  • (V) Not be included for purposes of the block grant model if established on or after March 15, 2017 and before June 30, 2019. No new alternative school shall be approved by the department on and after March 15, 2017 and before July 1, 2019.

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Wyoming Statutes 21-4-306. Suspension or expulsion; grounds.

(a) The following shall be grounds for suspension or expulsion of a child from a public school during the school year:

  • (i) Continued willful disobedience or open defiance of the authority of school personnel;
  • (ii) Willful destruction or defacing of school property during the school year or any recess or vacation;
  • (iii) Any behavior which in the judgment of the local board of trustees is clearly detrimental to the education, welfare, safety or morals of other pupils, including the use of foul, profane or abusive language or habitually disruptive behavior as defined by subsection (b) of this section;
  • (iv) Torturing, tormenting, or abusing a pupil or in any way maltreating a pupil or a teacher with physical violence;
  • (v) Possession, use, transfer, carrying or selling a deadly weapon as defined under W.S. 6-1-104(a)(iv) within any school bus as defined by W.S. 31-7-102(a)(xl) or within the boundaries of real property used by the district primarily for the education of students in grades kindergarten through twelve (12).

(b) As used in paragraph (a)(iii) of this section, “habitually disruptive behavior” means overt behavior willfully initiated by a student causing disruption in the classroom, on school grounds, on school vehicles or at school activities or events, which requires the attention of a teacher or other school personnel.

(c) The board of trustees shall, subject to the case-by-case modification permitted by subsection (d) of this section, require the district superintendent to expel from school for a period of one (1) year any student determined to violate paragraph (a)(v) of this section.

(d) The superintendent with the approval of the board of trustees may modify the period of any expulsion on a case-by-case basis based upon the circumstances of the violation. Upon a violation of paragraph (a)(v) of this section and following notice and hearing requirements of W.S. 21-4-305, the superintendent shall notify the district attorney of the violation together with the specific act in violation of paragraph (a)(v) of this section and the name of the student violating paragraph (a)(v) of this section. Nothing in this section prohibits a district from providing educational services to the expelled student in an alternative setting.

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