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BP 6173.1

Instruction

Education For Foster Youth

 

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that foster youth may face significant barriers to achieving academic success due to their family circumstances, disruption to their educational program, and their emotional, social, and other health needs.  To enable such students to achieve state and San Benito County Office of Education’s (SBCOE) academic standards, the Superintendent or designee shall provide them with full access to the SBCOE’s educational program and implement strategies identified as necessary for the improvement of the academic achievement of foster youth in the SBCOE’s local control and accountability plan (LCAP).

 

(cf. 0460 – Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 6011- Academic Standards)

(cf. 6180 – Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)

(cf. 6140 – Guidance/Counseling Services)

(cf. 6173 – Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6179 – Supplemental Instruction)

 

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that placement decisions for foster youth are based on the students’ best interests as defined in law and administrative regulation.  To that end, he/she shall designate a staff person as the SBCOE liaison for foster youth to help facilitate the enrollment, placement, and transfer of foster youth.

 

The Superintendent or designee and SBCOE liaison shall ensure that all appropriate staff, including, but not limited to, each principal, school registrar, and attendance clerk, receive training on the enrollment, placement, and transfer of foster youth and other related rights.

 

The County Board desires to provide foster youth with a safe, positive learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment and that promotes students’ self-esteem and academic achievement.  The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies to build a foster youth’s feeling of connectedness with his/her school, including, but not limited to, strategies that promote positive discipline and conflict resolution, the development of resiliency and interpersonal skills, and the involvement of foster parents, group home administrators, and/or other caretakers in school programs and activities.

 

(cf. 0410 – Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 0450 – Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 6020 – Parent Involvement)

 

To address the needs of foster youth and help ensure the maximum utilization of available funds, the Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with local agencies and officials including, but not limited to, the county placing agency, social services, probation officers, and juvenile court officers.

 

At least annually and in accordance with the established timelines, the Superintendent or designee shall report to the County Board on the outcomes for foster youth regarding the goals and specific actions identified in the LCAP, including, but not limited to, school attendance, student achievement test results, promotion and retention rates by grade level, graduation rates, and suspension/expulsion rates. As necessary, evaluation data shall be used to determine and recommend revisions to the LCAP for improving or increasing services for foster youth.

 

(cf. 0500 – Accountability)

(cf. 6162.51 – State Academic Achievement Tests)

 

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32228-32228.5  Student safety and violence prevention

42238.01-42238.07  Local control funding formula

42920-42925  Foster children educational services

48645-48646  Juvenile court schools

48850-48859  Educational placement of students residing in licensed children’s institutions

48915.5  Suspension and expulsion; students with disabilities, including foster youth

48918.1  Notice of expulsion hearing for foster youth

49061  Student records

49069.5  Foster care students, transfer of records

49076  Access to student records

51225.1  Exemption from district graduation requirements

51225.2  Pupil in foster care defined; acceptance of coursework, credits, retaking of course

51225.3  High school graduation

52060-52077  Local control and accountability plan

56055  Rights of foster parents in special education

60851  High school exit examination

60851.5 Suspension of high school exit examination

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

1522.41  Training and certification of group home administrators

1529.2  Training of licensed foster parents

120341  Foster youth: school placement: immunization records

WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE

300  Children subject to jurisdiction

309  Investigation and release of child

317  Appointment of legal counsel

361  Limitations on parental or guardian control

366.27  Educational decision by relative providing living arrangements

602  Minors violating law; ward of court

726  Limitations on parental or guardian control

727  Order of care, ward of court

16000-16014  Foster care placement

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

4600-4687  Uniform complaint procedures

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1415  Procedural safeguards; placement in alternative educational setting

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

794  Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

670-679b  Federal assistance for foster care programs

11431-11435  McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

 

 

Policy Adopted: 3-7-18