UPDATED SACRAMENTO COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PLAN FOR EXPELLED AND HIGH RISK STUDENTS JULY 1, 2006 – JUNE 30, 2009 by coopmike48

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									UPDATED SACRAMENTO COUNTY                              EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PLAN FOR EXPELLED  AND HIGH RISK STUDENTS  JULY 1, 2006 – JUNE 30, 2009 

PREPARED BY: 

Arcohe Union School District   
 

Center Unified School District   
 

Del Paso Heights School District 
 

 

Elk Grove Unified School District 
 

             

Elverta Joint Union School District 
 

Folsom Cordova Unified School District 
 

Galt Joint Union School District 
 

Galt Joint Union High School District 
 

Grant Joint Union High School District 
 

Natomas Unified School District 
 

North Sacramento School District 
 

Rio Linda Union School District 
 

River Delta Unified School District 
 

Robla School District 
 

 

Sacramento City Unified School District 
 

Sacramento County Office of Education 
 

     

San Juan Unified School District    June 2006 

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INTRODUCTION With the enactment of AB 922, Statutes of 1995, Chapter 974, Education Code section 48926 requires each county superintendent who operated community schools, in conjunction with the superintendents of the school districts within the county to: 1. Develop a plan for providing education services to all expelled pupils in a county, developed in conjunction with the superintendents of the school districts within the county; That the plan shall be adopted by the governing board of each school district within the county and by the county board of education; That the plan shall: A. B. C. D. Enumerate existing educational alternatives for expelled pupils; Identify gaps in educational services to expelled pupils; Identify strategies for filling those gaps in services; and, Identify alternative placements for pupils who are expelled and placed in district community day school programs, but who fail to meet terms and conditions of their rehabilitation plan.

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In addition to the quarterly meetings of the countywide AB 922 Task Force to address issues related to the provision of services to expelled students in Sacramento County, recently enacted legislation impacting educational services to expelled and mandatorily expelled students has been analyzed by the membership of the Task Force. The outcome of those discussions and recommendations are included in the Updated Educational Services Plan for Expelled and High Risk Students in Sacramento County, July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009. The major pieces of legislation are: *AB 602 (Davis and Poochigan), Statues of 1997, Chapter 854, provides for a new method for financing special education that is based on the pupil population in each Special Education Local Plan area (SELPA); ensures greater equity in funding among SELPAs, avoids unnecessary complexity, requires fiscal and program accountability, and avoids financial incentives to inappropriately placed pupils in special education. The impact of this legislation to the four SELPAs in Sacramento County have been under continual review, discussion and planning due to the complexity of funding and service delivery issues. *AB 1845 (Honda), Statues of 1998, Chapter 847, provides additional clarification regarding the operations of a community day school program operated by a school district (360 minutes of classroom instruction provided by a certificated employee of the school district reporting the attendance of the pupils for apportionment; provision of increased apportionment to each school district that operates a 2

community day school to $4,000 per year, for each unit of average daily attendance reported for pupil attendance at the districts community day school and increases the apportionment to $4.00/hour multiplied by the total number of hours each schoolday, up to a maximum of two hours, that each community school pupil remains under the supervision of a school district employee after 6 hours. AB 1845 also amended Education Code section 48664(a) and clarifies the criteria and funding under which a county office of education may operate a community day school program: … and for each county office of education that operates a community day school three thousand dollars ($3,000) per year, for each unit of average daily attendance reported at the annual apportionment for pupil attendance at community day schools…. The units of average daily attendance of a community day school operated by a county office of education shall not exceed the unused units of average daily attendance of the community day schools operated by the school districts within the jurisdiction of that county office of education. Education Code Section 48662 was amended in this legislation as follows: (a) The governing Board of a school district that establishes a community day school shall adopt policies that provide procedures for the involuntary transfer of pupils to a community day school. A pupil may be assigned to a community day school only if he or she meets one or more of the following conditions: (1) (2) (3) (4) The pupil is expelled for any reason. The pupil is probation referred pursuant to Sections 300 and 602 of the Welfare and Institutions Code. The pupil is referred to a community day school by a school district attendance review board or other district level referral process. First priority for assignment to a community day school shall be given to a pupil expelled pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 48915; second priority shall be given for placement to all other students pursuant to this section, unless there is an agreement that the county superintendent of schools shall serve any of these pupils.

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This legislation became effective on January 1, 1999. *AB 312 (Honda) was a technical clean up bill sponsored by Assemblymember Honda for community day schools. Specifically, the proposed amendment to Education Code section 48664 (a) (2) would clarify the following: The units of average daily attendance used for the computation of additional apportionment’s to a county office of education pursuant to this subdivision shall not exceed the difference between the total of the prior year’s P2 units of average daily attendance of the community day schools operated by the school districts within the jurisdiction of that county office of education and the total amount of average daily attendance for additional 3

apportionments permitted for the current year pursuant to paragraph (1) for all school districts within the jurisdiction of that county office of education, whether or not the districts operate community day schools. The Governor vetoed this legislation on October 10, 1999. *AB 544 (Lempert) Statutes of 1998, Chapter 34, provides for a maximum number of statewide charter schools at 250 for the 1998-99 school year with an additional 100 charter schools per school year thereafter; charter schools may be operated as, or by, a nonprofit corporation; if a charter petition is denied by a district board, a charter petition may be submitted to a county board of education or the State Board of Education to establish a charter school; and provides for other technical changes. This legislation added Education Code section 47605.5, which states: A petition may be submitted directly to a county board of education in the same manner as set forth in Section 47605 for charter schools that will serve pupils for whom the county office of education would otherwise be responsible for providing direct education and related services. Any denial of a petition shall be subject to the same process for any other county board of education denial of a charter school petition pursuant to this part. This updated Educational Service Plan will provide the framework for providing educational programs and services to students in Sacramento County, which includes those students who are expelled, mandatorily expelled, SARB referred or referred by an "other district level process" (i.e. Student Study Team; Individualized Education Program Planning Team or Intake Meeting at the County Community School level).

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Table of Contents Background I. Overview of the Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled Students Educational Alternatives Provided by Local School Districts in Sacramento County Educational Options for Expelled Youth by District Sacramento County Office of Education Services for District Expelled Students A. Educational Services Provided to Students with Exceptional Needs Other County Community School Programs operated in Sacramento County Via Contractual Agreement Precautionary Excess Cost Agreement Between Districts and the Sacramento County Office of Education to Ensure Adequate Funding of District Students Served in County Community Schools page 6

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District/County Strategies for Issues and Concerns for a Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled and High Risk Students Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled Students and High Risk Students in the County of Sacramento, effective July 1, 2006. Activities for the Sacramento County AB 922 Task Force 2006 – 2009 Appendices

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BACKGROUND 5

There are sixteen school districts within the boundaries of Sacramento County: seven elementary districts, two high school districts and seven unified school districts. The Superintendents Council approved the formation of the AB 922 Task Force in Sacramento County to address the requirements of this legislation. Since its first meeting held on February 9, 1996, the AB 922 Task Force, comprised of representatives from all local school districts, has met on a monthly basis to plan, identify and implement those strategies and programs to meet the needs of expelled students in Sacramento County. As required by law, the initial countywide educational service plan reflecting the district and countywide plan was adopted by the local governing boards and the governing board of the Sacramento County Office of Education by June 30, 1997. The currently amended "Educational Service Plan for Expelled and High Risk Students" reflects the input and recommendations of all of the school district representatives to the AB 922 Task Force, school district superintendents and the formal adoption of the plan by the governing board of all school districts in Sacramento County. I. Overview of the Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled Students Educational programs within Sacramento County provide numerous alternatives and opportunities for students who are in need of traditional and/or alternative education programs. While individual school districts offer a broad spectrum of services and the County Office of Education offers additional options, in combination, they provide a continuum of educational alternatives to expelled and high risk students. The educational alternatives for expelled, mandatorily expelled and high risk students has been expanded with recently enacted legislation which provides for additional funding for the operation of community day schools which may be established by the governing board of local school districts. Some school districts use the Sacramento County Community Schools program as an educational option for those students mandatorily expelled under provisions of the Education Code and/or under the district "no tolerance" policy. The Community Schools program is a permissive educational option, which provides the local school districts with another educational alternative for its expelled students. The enactment of AB1845, effective January 1, 1999, provides for the operation of community day schools by school districts and county offices of education. EC 48667 (a) states: For the purposes of this article, each county office of education shall be deemed to be a school district. EC 48664 (a) states: The units of average daily attendance of a community day school operated by a county office of education shall not exceed the unused units of average daily attendance of the community day schools operated by the school districts within the jurisdiction of that county office of education The enclosed educational plan, as approved by the local governing boards of the district, reflects the existing educational alternatives provide to expelled students and high risk students within the respective districts. The gaps in educational services to expelled students, strategies for filling those gaps in services and alternative placements for students who are expelled and placed in district community day school programs, but who fail to meet the terms and conditions of their rehabilitation plan are identified within the Sacramento County Educational Service Plan for Expelled Students. II. Educational Alternatives Provided by Local School Districts in Sacramento County The 16 school districts located within Sacramento County offer a variety of educational options for 6

expelled students and high risk students, including those students who continue to have identified disabilities, depending on the specific offense and Education Code violation, including but not limited to: 1. 2. 3. Suspended expulsion with placement on the same school campus; Suspended expulsion with placement on a different school campus within the local District; Suspended expulsion with placement in a district contracted independent study program, if the parent declines the offered school placement and agrees to such a program, and/or placement in alternative educational placements such as a district operated or authorized Charter School; Expulsion with referral to a District Community Day School Program; or, Expulsion with referral to the Sacramento County Office of Education County Community School program or LINKS Program

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The actual referral to such a placement is made by the District Governing Board, with recommendation from the District Discipline Review Board, School Attendance Review Board (SARB) or similar District Referral process.

III. Educational Options for Expelled Youth by District School Districts operate Community Day Schools and other Alternative Programs as listed below: District Alternative Programs Description Arcohe Union School District • Contract for services with San Joaquin COE and Sacramento COE • Refer to Charter Schools • ISP Center Unified School District • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1 Continuation Program 9-12 1 Opportunity Program 7-9 1 Charter School 6-12 Refers to North Sacramento School District Refers 7-12 to SCOE Community Schools Program Refers to different campuses Offers ISP for Suspended Expulsion Charter School is an option Mandatory Expulsions placed with North Sacramento SD Capitol Community Day School Program 7-12 Community Day School Program 2 Continuation Programs 1 ISP 7

Del Paso Heights School District

Elk Grove Unified School District Folsom Cordova Unified School District

• Galt Elementary Union School District • • • Galt Joint Union High School District • • • • • • • North Sacramento School District Rio Linda Union School District River Delta Unified School District Robla School District Sacramento City Unified School District • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Charter Schools Contract for services with San Joaquin COE and Sacramento COE Refer to Charter Schools ISP Estrellita Continuation School The Phoenix Independent Study Program Refers 7-12 to SCOE Community Schools Program Community Day School 7-9 2 Continuation Schools – Charter Schools and Independent Study Program Refers K-6 to North Sacramento and Rio Linda School Districts Refers 7-12 to SCOE Community Schools Program Robinson Community Day School 2-6 Pathways Community Day School K-6

Grant Joint Union High School District

Natomas Unified School District

Refers to North Sacramento & Rio Linda School Districts Success Academy 4-6 CHESS Academy 7-8 Capitol City Independent 9-12 Continuation Program Refers 9-12 to SCOE LINKS Community School Program Refers 7-12 to SCOE Community Schools Offers ISP for students on suspended expulsion Offers Continuation Education (High School) Offers Charter School as an option Provides short-term intervention classes for middle school students (school-after-school)

San Juan Unified School District

IV. SCOE Services for District Expelled Students The Sacramento County Office of Education, Community Schools program, pursuant to Education Code section 1980 et seq. is a permissive educational program. These programs have been offered to local school district students, grades 7-12, since 1984. Students who are referred and enrolled in the 8

program will have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) developed with the expelled student, his/her parents and program staff. The Community School staff will provide quarterly reports to the school district regarding the students’ progress in meeting his/her goals and objectives as established in the students’ board approved Rehabilitation Plan. If the expelled student is not responsive to the program provided to the student, the local governing board may extend the period of placement in the Community Schools and/or seek the support and services of the Juvenile Justice System (Juvenile Court, County District Attorney's Office, Probation Department and local law enforcement) to assist the student and his/her family to determine if alternate placement in a Probation Department operated facility will be a viable alternative. For the 2006–2009 program year, the Sacramento County Office of Education Community Schools programs will offer, as the capacity of the program allows, the following educational options/alternatives for expelled students 7-12: 1. Daily educational programs that meet the instructional minute requirements in county community school classrooms programs. Contracted Independent Study Program (ISP), as an alternative instructional strategy, which requires students to complete a minimum of 20 hours of educational product in their county community school classes. For any student enrolled in the Sacramento County Community School program who re-offends and violates those sections of the Education Code, which are expellable offenses, the program will determine the appropriate Local Education Agency (LEA) to process the recommendation for expulsion. The Sacramento County Office of Education LINKS Program is designed to provide the services, support system and opportunities that most of our high risk students need to be ready for college and the workforce. The program involves an individual learning plan for each student, plus practical work experience. The Sacramento County Office of Education provides professional development throughout the county, that have included: Backward Mapping, “Student Discipline Consequences” Training and Student Discipline: “How to Provide Effective Due Process”

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The Sacramento County Office of Education Community School sites are located in the following locations: * North Area Community School (grades 7-12) 4000 Pinell Street Sacramento, CA 95838 (916) 566-1302 * Elinor Lincoln Hickey Jr./Sr. High School (grades 7-12) 2040 Ethan Way Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 566-2074

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A listing of school district contacts for student expulsion and due process is found in Appendix “A.” A. Educational Services Provided to Expelled Students with Exceptional Needs Consistent with law, a student with exceptional needs may be expelled (EC 48915.5) and referred by the district's I.E.P. Team for placement in a County Community School program, provided that: 1. 2. The requirements as stipulated in EC 48915.5 have been met. The referring school district shall schedule an I.E.P. Team meeting and invite representatives of the Sacramento County Office of Education, Special Education Department, to serve as a member of the I.E.P. to review and determine: a. b. c. d. e. The educational needs of the students based upon a current student assessment; Determine appropriate educational goals and objectives; Identify the services and resources to meet the needs of the exceptional student Identify an appropriate placement for the student in the least restrictive environment; If the I.E.P. Team, including the parent, and student when appropriate, determines that a County Community School program is an appropriate educational placement, the school district shall ensure that all necessary and specified educational services are: i. ii. Either provided directly by district staff; or Provided to the student on a contractual service basis through the Sacramento County Office of Education with appropriate reimbursement to SCOE for services provided; Those specified services, whether provided directly by the district staff or provided by SCOE on a contractual basis, shall be written onto the I.E.P. and shall be binding to all parties.

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The district and SCOE shall jointly be responsible to ensure that requirements for service, assessment, timelines and due process items are met as established in both Federal and State Law.

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The referral and intake process of a student to the Sacramento County Community School Program will include a review of the referral informational packet and/or direct contact with the referring district. If it is determined that the student being referred previously received special education services at the district level, an Intake Meeting shall be convened and held at the respective County Community School program site. The referring school district representative and its Special Education Department representative shall be invited to attend and participate in the Intake Meeting to identify the educational needs of the student. The outcome of the meeting will determine if the County Community Schools program is an appropriate educational program for the student.

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If the outcome of the Intake Meeting recommends that the County Community School Program is an appropriate educational program without the need for special education support services, an enrollment date for the student shall be finalized. However, if it is determined that the student may require on-going special education services to benefit from an appropriate placement in the Sacramento County Community Schools Program, the process outlined in Section IV (A) shall be followed. B. Other County Programs Operated in Sacramento County Via Contractual Agreement: 1. In partnership with the Sacramento County Probation Department, SCOE provides a Juvenile Court Schools program to students under the direct care and custody of the Juvenile Court in the following program: Bowling Drive Training Center 7100 Bowling Drive Sacramento, CA 95823 Grades: 7-12 C. Excess Cost Agreement Between Districts and the Sacramento County Office of Education for District Students Served in County Community Schools Effective, July 1, 2002, the school district superintendents entered into an excess cost agreement with the Sacramento County Office of Education, Community Schools, to serve its expelled and mandatorily expelled students, until June 30, 2006. SCOE will continue and improve cost effective school services on a regular basis. High level of instruction, student and staff safety will continue without an increase in excess cost per student.

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District/County Strategies for Issues and Concerns for a Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled and High Risk Students Issues and Concerns 1. K-6 Options Strategies 1. Referral to other School Districts/County

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Programs Explore Development of SCOE K – 6 Program 2. Curriculum There is still a significant gap between the curriculum provided to alternative education students & what is expected for mastery of grade level standards 3. Special Education Students (Placement of Expelled SDC Students) 4. Transition between District and SCOE Programs Timely Transcript Transfer (Length of Time/Lost ADA) Expelled Dropout Students 2. Develop a Task Force to examine curriculum options for high risk students

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Explore Development of SDC Program at SCOE Student Transitioning System to address transition • Use of Countywide SARB Process • Utilize CALPADS (CSIS) • Develop Countywide System for Expulsion Database Provide a list of Community Counseling Services Partnerships with Community Resource Agencies to Provide Services to School Sites

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5. Need for Counseling Services for Expelled Students and Families (Affordable and High Quality)

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Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled Students and High Risk Students in the County of Sacramento, Effective July 1, 2000 With the recent enactment of significant legislation impacting the development and provision of services as provided in AB 1845 and AB 602, and AB 544, the Countywide Educational Service Plan for Expelled and High Risk Students, is as follows:

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Local school districts will utilize a variety of alternatives and options available to them to serve high risk, expelled and mandatorily expelled students as provided within the Education Code. The Sacramento County Office of Education Community Schools program will provide an educational program designed to serve students referred for services on the following priority, provided that the ongoing program can be financially maintained: A. Students grades 7-12 who are expelled for mandatory offenses [EC 48915(d)] from districts that do not currently operate a community day school program pursuant EC 48660; Students grades 7-12 who are expelled for mandatory offenses [EC 48915 (d)] from districts that have established a community day school program, pursuant to a written agreement with the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools [EC 48662 (b) (4)]; Students grades 7-12 who are expelled for any other reason specified in the Education Code; Students grades 7-12 who are referred by a school district School Attendance Review Board, or other district level referral process; NOTE: When it has been mutually determined by SCOE and the school district that the SCOE Community Schools program may not be an appropriate educational placement for a student, the district shall be responsible for identifying and providing for an alternative educational placement pursuant to AB 922.

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For the 2006–2009 school years, the AB 922 Countywide Task Force agrees to: A. Meet on a regular basis, or on an ad hoc basis, to continue to address the ongoing needs of expelled and high risk students for alternative educational placements focused upon geographic students needs; Continue to explore the viability of establishing district and/or a county Charter School program to serve high risk students that will ensure a continuum of educational services upon that student’s need or request to return to a comprehensive district school program; Communicate and coordinate issues related to the placement of students with exceptional needs, and/or funding/service matters in either Community Schools programs:

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Elk Grove Unified School District SELPA Sacramento City Unified School District SELPA Sacramento County SELPA

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San Juan Unified School District SELPA

Develop strategic countywide plan as it relates to high risk students and expulsion process.

VII. Activities for the Sacramento County AB 922 Task Force 2006 – 2009 During the period specified above, the AB 922 Task Force will meet at least on a continual basis to: 1. 2. Continue to monitor the service needs of expelled students on a countywide basis; Address newly identified educational service issues for expelled students in Sacramento County; Ensure that: A. The educational service plan is amended on an annual basis to reflect any newly enacted legislation impacting the delivery of educational services to expelled and high risk students; B. Collection of outcome data as required by Education Code section 48916.1, to be submitted, no later than June 30, 2006, and every three years thereafter.

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Amended Plan considered and Approved by the District Superintendent and/or Governing Board:

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District Superintendent Signature:

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Date of County Board Approval (as appropriate):

VIII. APPENDICES

Appendix “A”

List of District Contacts for Expulsion Due Process

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Appendix "B”

July 1, 2002 Addendum to the Countywide Alternative Service Plan Precautionary Excess Cost Agreement

Appendix "C"

Sample MOU between School District/SCOE to Establish a Community Day

Appendix “D”

Summary of District Adopted Alternative Education Service Plan for Expelled and High Risk Students

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