Alternative Education

Frequently Asked Questions and Promising Practices

I. General Questions

7. What are the "time on learning" regulations for Alternative Education programs/schools?

There are no unique Student Learning Time regulations for students in Alternative Education programs. For all middle and high school level programs, including Alternative Education programs/schools, students must be scheduled for 990 hours of structured learning time.

According to state regulations, districts may apply for a time on learning waiver for innovative programs that meet the needs of students enrolled in the program. Parents must be informed whenever a program or school in which their child is enrolled seeks such a waiver.

State regulations also state that schools must make a full program of studies available to all students. However, there may be special circumstances where a school may agree to permit a student to attend on a part-time basis. Part-time students should be made aware that by not participating in the school's full program they may be jeopardizing their ability to meet graduation requirements.

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