6A-6.0521. Definitions and Requirements Which Apply to All Dropout Prevention Programs  

Effective on Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  • 1(1) Definitions.

    3(a) Program category means the broad eligibility area appropriate for the delivery of dropout prevention services and includes: educational alternatives, teenage parents, substance abuse, disciplinary, and youth services programs.

    32(b) Individual program means a specific program within a program category which has an identifiable set of goals, objectives, and strategies. An individual program is designed for a particular student population and is implemented according to an approved plan. A district may have more than one (1) individual program within a program category.

    85(c) Positive program means that a program includes provision for student success, regular feedback on academic and behavioral progress, counseling and other student services, evaluation strategies and special educational strategies that differ from the traditional approach.

    121(d) A high school diploma or its equivalent means a diploma that meets all the requirements of Sections 1391002.3105, 1401003.4282, 141or 1421003.438, F.S.

    144(e) Standard dropout prevention class means the class in which all students are dropout prevention students.

    160(f) Student services personnel means certified school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, and licensed school nurses who work closely with visiting teachers, career specialists, health services providers, school administrators, district level dropout prevention coordinators, teachers and parents.

    198(g) Emancipated minor means a minor who is released from the control of parents or guardians.

    214(h) In-school suspension means the temporary removal of a student from the student’s regular school program and placement in an alternative program, such as that provided in Section 2421003.53, F.S., 244under the supervision of district school board personnel, for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days.

    262(i) Suspension also referred to as out-of-school suspension, means the temporary removal of a student from all classes of instruction on public school grounds and all other school-sponsored activities, except as authorized by the principal or the principal’s designee for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days and remanding of the student to the custody of the student’s parent with specific homework assignments for the student to complete.

    332(2) Requirements.

    334(a) Credits. Students served in all individual dropout prevention programs shall retain their right to earn the number and type of credits required for a standard or special diploma pursuant to Section 3661002.3105, 3671003.4282 368or 3691003.438, F.S. 371The special diploma is not a diploma option beginning with students entering 9th grade for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year and student cohorts thereafter.

    398(b) Coordination. All dropout prevention programs shall demonstrate coordination with appropriate agencies and other school programs that provide services to participating students in order to fully utilize human and financial resources. A part of this coordination shall be to ensure that procedures for postsecondary transition include child care referral, career counseling and academic and vocational training options. Appropriate agencies are defined as but are not limited to: the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Economic Opportunity, and the district’s local Pre-K Interagency Coordinating Council.

    502(c) Exceptional student education referral. An exceptional student referred for placement into a dropout prevention program shall have an individual educational plan review prior to that placement. A staff representative of the dropout prevention department in the district shall participate in that review. This requirement shall not apply to students served in youth services programs, agency based substance abuse programs, or in-school suspension programs.

    566(d) Limited English proficient students. Limited English proficient students, meeting the eligibility criteria for individual dropout prevention program categories, shall be considered for placement and enrollment in the appropriate dropout prevention program based on student needs. Limited English language proficiency shall not be used as a criterion for placement.

    615(e) Parent notification. Parents shall be notified annually in writing as specified in Section 6291003.53(5), F.S., 631of their child’s placement into any dropout prevention program and of their right to review any action relating to such placement. For educational alternatives of choice, which are voluntary and for which a student’s parent or guardian has requested participation, such notification of administrative review shall not be required.

    680(f) Student records. Records of students participating in dropout prevention programs shall contain the following:

    6951. The students’ dropout prevention program category.

    7022. Students’ entry and exit dates in the dropout prevention program.

    7133. Documentation of the eligibility of each student and any required interventions that is dated prior to each placement in a dropout prevention program. Eligibility for multi-year programs shall be documented annually.

    7454. Number of instructional periods or hours of participation.

    7545. Evaluation of each student’s academic and behavioral progress.

    7636. Annual written documentation of parent notification and evidence of involvement in the placement decision prior to the date of the student’s membership in a voluntary program. Parents shall be notified in writing within five (5) school days of the student’s initial membership in an assigned program. Judicial and agency records shall satisfy this requirement in youth services programs and agency based substance abuse programs. Notification shall be in the parent’s native language or the language most understood. For educational alternatives of choice, which are voluntary and for which a student’s parent or guardian has requested participation, such notification of administrative review shall not be required.

    869(g) Criteria for eligibility. Districts shall establish and implement eligibility criteria and procedures for each individual dropout prevention program.

    888(h) Certification. Any certification is appropriate for teachers in dropout prevention programs. Dropout prevention teachers shall be instructional personnel as defined in Section 9111012.01, F.S.

    913Rulemaking Authority 9151001.02, 9161003.53 FS. 918Law Implemented 9201003.53 FS. 922History–New 10-30-90, Amended 6-19-91, 7-7-92, 9-5-93, 1-2-95, 7-26-16.


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