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HGBHA - Outreach Program

Adopted: November 1996
Amended: December 12, 2006

Policy

The Board supports the transition of funded students, who are unable to attend or to benefit from a regular school program, who are at-risk of not completing high school or who choose an alternative to conventional classroom learning, back into school through an Outreach Program.

The Board therefore delegates to the Superintendent the responsibility for developing an Outreach Program and operating the program in a site or facility separate from an existing school building.

Guidelines

1.   The best educational and personal interests of the student are paramount considerations when devising a program for the student in an Outreach Program.

2.   An Outreach Program is intended to meet the needs of students who exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:

a.   prefer to enroll in courses which are provided through an outreach delivery model;

b.   are experiencing social difficulties in regular classrooms;

c.   are at-risk of dropping out of school;

d.   have health issues or child care or other extenuating family commitments which preclude regular school attendance;

e.   are unable to meet regular school time schedules due to unusual employment/personal commitment;

f.   wish to enroll in a low-enrolment course that may not be offered in a regular school;

g.   require only a small number of courses/credits to graduate;

h.   wish to accelerate their high school program.

3.   The program must operate as a stand-alone school in a site or facility separate from an existing school building. The site and facilities must meet Alberta building, health & safety and liability insurance standards for school buildings.

4.   Programs of study and local courses for students must be authorized by Alberta Education and/or the Board.

5.   Educational services, such as personal and career counseling, conflict resolution, anger management, time management, study skills, etc., must be provided to students that are in addition to distance learning courses and materials.

6.   Certificated teachers will provide instruction in the Outreach Program.

7.   Outreach Program operations and results will be included in the Annual Education Results Report and education plans.

Procedures

Eligibilty

1.   Students in Grades 10-12, at September 1 of a school year, 19-years of age or younger, who are unable to attend or to benefit from a regular school program, who are at-risk of not completing high school or who choose to learn in an alternative setting shall be eligible for admission to an Outreach Program.

2.   Individuals older than 19-years of age may be eligible for admission and must pay course fees established by the Board.

3.   An intake interview involving the student, the parent(s) and if necessary, others, will be arranged by the designated Principal as the initial registration step.

4.   The student must make a commitment to attend, to complete schoolwork and to abide by rules outlined in the school student conduct policy.

Attendance

5.   The student must attend or complete schoolwork regularly according to agreed upon schedules and consequences for not attending.

6.   The Principal is responsible for monitoring & recording student attendance according to district and school policies.

Program

7.   Outreach Programs will offer the Alberta Programs of Study and Local Courses approved by the Board.

8.   The program will provide students with educational services that are in addition to authorized courses or distance learning courses and materials. Examples of such services include: personal and career counseling; conflict resolution; anger management training; time management; and study skills.

9.   Flexible individual programs will be based on assessment of individual student needs and will be developed in consultation with the student and parent(s) or guardian(s).

10. Students, in consultation with certificated staff, will have the primary responsibility to implement their own individual program.

11. Outreach programs will provide the equivalent of 25 hours of access to a certificated teacher for each credit offered.

Performance and Evaluation

12. The student is expected to meet standards of performance consistent with those of Alberta Education, the District and school policy.

13. The pace and goals of student learning will be set by each individual student in consultation with professional staff.

14. The Principal and teacher(s) are responsible for instruction and supporting the completion of courses by the student.

15. The student will be evaluated on a regular basis using appropriate assessment for learning approaches and results will be reported according to district evaluation & reporting policy.

16. The Principal is responsible for monitoring student achievement in all courses and for analyzing achievement reports, participation rates and results on Grade 12 diploma examinations.

School Operation

17. The Principal of an Outreach Program is responsible for adhering to policies, guidelines, procedures and standards of Alberta Education and the Board in administering to the operation of an outreach school.

18. Staff of an Outreach Program will work closely with high school administrators, parent(s) or guardian(s) and external support agencies to help serve the needs of outreach students

19. The Principal will annually prepare a School Growth Plan and provide information and data on operations and results for the district Annual Education Results Report and education plan.

Appeals

17. The student and parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal decisions of the Principal to the Board according to Board Policy IFA – Student Appeals.

18. The student, parent(s) or guardian(s) will be advised of their right to make a formal appeal to the Board regarding the decisions made by school staff about the education of the student.

References

Legal:

School Act, R.S.A. 2000, C. S-3: Sections 8; 12; 13; 14; 15; 18; 20; 21; 23; 45; 62; 123.
Alberta Education Policy 1.1.4 – Outreach Programs
Alberta Education Outreach Programs Handbook (June 2003)
Student Record Regulation  - A.R. 175/93
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act – 2004
FOIPP Regulation - A.R. 200/95
Teaching Quality Standards

Policy: IGCA – Adult Education
HA – Curriculum Goals
GCAB – Principal
GCN-Evaluation of Teachers
EBBC – Fire Safety Precautions
GCL-Professional Staff Development Opportunities
IE-Student Attendance-School Attendance
GBPA – School-based Decision Making
HK-Student Assessment Evaluation and Reporting
IFA – Student Appeals
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