3114 Part-time, Home-based, or Off-Campus Students

  • Part-time students are permitted to enroll and receive ancillary services, provided that such students are otherwise eligible for full-time enrollment in the school district and such courses or services are not available in the student's private school or an approved extension thereof. Part-time status also includes: any student, not enrolled in a private school, who is receiving home-based instruction and taking courses at or receiving ancillary services from the district or both, or any student involved in an approved work training program.

    Home-based instruction shall consist of instructional and related educational activities, including the basic skills of occupational education, science, mathematics, language, social studies, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, and the development of an appreciation of art and music. Such instruction shall be equivalent, as liberally construed, to the total annual program hours per grade level as established for public schools.

    Home-based instruction may be provided by a parent who has filed a declaration of intent with the Superintendent by September 15, or within two (2) weeks of the beginning of any quarter, trimester or semester.  Parents may file their declaration of intent with the school district in which they reside or in a school district that has accepted their student pursuant to RCW 28A.225.225, Choice.  All decisions relating to philosophy or doctrine, selection of books, teaching materials and curriculum, and methods, timing, place, and provision for the evaluation of home-based instruction shall be the responsibility of the parent. Failure of a parent to comply with the standards as specified in the law shall constitute a violation of the compulsory attendance law.

    A student may be enrolled in an off-campus instruction program provided that such experiences have been approved by the Superintendent.

    The Superintendent is directed to establish procedures that define the district's responsibilities for home-based and off-campus instruction.

    Legal References:     
    RCW 28A.225.220          Adults, children from other districts, agreements for attending school – tuition
    RCW 28A.225.225          Applications to attend nonresident district
    RCW 28A.195.010         Private schools – Extension programs for parents to teach children in their custody – Scope of state control – Generally
    RCW 28A.225.010         Attendance mandatory--Age--Persons having custody shall cause child to attend public school – Exceptions
    RCW 28A.200.010         Home-based instruction – Duties of parents
    RCW 28A.200.020         Home-based instruction – Certain decisions responsibility of parent
    RCW 28A.150.350         Part-time students – Defined – Enrollment authorized – Reimbursement for costs – Funding authority recognition – Rules
    WAC  392-121-182         Alternative learning experience requirements Finance – apportionment for part-time public school attendance

    ADOPTED:  9/24/92
    REVISED: 08/31/95; 06/25/98

    Procedure No. 3114P Part-time, Home-based, or Off-Campus Students
    Suggested procedures are as follows: 

    1. Distribute SPI - developed letter of intent and district-developed supplementary application to interested parents upon request.

    2. Meet with parent to review supplementary application and determine if parent wishes to enter into off-campus program agreement with the school district. (Maintain a log which reflects the effort that the district has made to conduct such a meeting.)

    3. If an off-campus program agreement is not established, clarify the parent's responsibility in providing home-based instruction including instructional time, subject matter, testing and student records.

    4. If a parent determines that supervision by a certificated teacher is necessary to satisfy qualifications to provide home-based instruction, inform the parent that they are expected to select and pay for such supervision. The district will, if requested, assist the parent in securing instructional materials, provided that the parent shall bear the cost of such materials.

    5. Advise the parent of their rights to enroll a student for part-time instruction and/or to receive ancillary services.

    6. If the parents wish to enroll the child for off-campus instruction (WAC 392-121-181), develop an agreement for each subject which provides for: 

      1.  The objective(s) of the program;
      2.  The teaching component(s) of the program, including where and when teaching activities will be conducted by school district certificated staff; 
      3.  A schedule of the duration of the program, including beginning and ending dates within the school year; 
      4.  A description of how student performance will be supervised, evaluated, and recorded by the certificated staff or by qualified school district employees under the direct supervision of the certificated staff; and 
      5.  A description of intervention techniques and criteria for their use.

    7. Maintain proper documentation that includes the written plan, a log of contacts made with parent and student (verification by signature of parent), a log of meetings with a classroom teacher for the same grade level as the student.

    8. Assign a certificated staff member to supervise the parent and student typical schedule: four (4) hours/month with parent and student; four (4) hours/month with classroom teacher.

    9. Claim student as "enrolled" for purposes of state financial support.

    ADOPTED: 09/24/92

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