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BP 6184



Continuation Education


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) shall provide a continuation education program as an option for at-risk students who may need a flexible educational environment as established by a memorandum of understanding with districts. The continuation education program shall be designed to meet the educational needs of each student, provide an opportunity for participating students to complete the required course of instruction necessary to graduate from high school, emphasize occupational orientation or a work study schedule, and offer intensive guidance services.


The continuation education program shall be aligned with the goals identified in the San Benito County Office of Education’s (SBCOE) local control and accountability plan, designed and implemented in collaboration with other high schools within the SBCOE, and coordinated with other educational options available to SBCOE students.


(cf. 0460 – Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 6120 – Independent Study)

(cf. 6181 – Alternative Schools/Programs of Choice)


The Superintendent or designee shall hire a principal who shall be responsible for the organization and administration of the SBCOE’s continuation education program and guidance, placement, and follow-up services for participating students.  (5 CCR 11000, 11003)


(cf. 6113 – School Calendar)

(cf. 6112 – School Day)


Students eligible for continuation education classes shall be age 16 or 17 years at the time of their enrollment and shall not have graduated from high school.  (Education Code 48400, 48413)


A student may be involuntarily transferred into a continuation education program in accordance with law and administrative regulation.  (Education Code 48432.5)


With the consent of the Superintendent or designee, a student may voluntarily enroll in continuation classes in order to receive special attention such as individualized instruction. (Education Code 48432, 48432.3, 48432.5)


Priority for voluntary enrollment in continuation classes shall be given to students who need credit recovery in order to graduate with their peers and to students who, due to employment, pregnancy, parenting responsibilities, or other circumstances, are unable to attend a comprehensive high school. A student with a disability shall be admitted only if his/her individualized education program specifically states that a continuation high school setting meets his/her needs.


(cf. 6160 – Individualized Education Program)


Enrollment criteria shall be applied consistently throughout the SBCOE.  (Education Code 48432.3)


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


Students may be enrolled in a regional occupational center or program within the county in lieu of, or in combination with, continuation education.  (Education Code 48432)


Students otherwise subject to compulsory attendance in continuation education classes may be exempted if they meet any of the conditions specified in Education Code 48410.


The Superintendent or designee shall regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the SBCOE’s continuation education programs and report these evaluation results to the Board.  Indicators may include, but not be limited to, disaggregated data on student enrollment, student assessment results, and graduation rates.


(cf. 0500 – Accountability)

(cf. 6162.5 – Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 – State Academic Achievement Tests)

(cf. 6190 – Evaluation of the Instructional Program)


Legal Reference:


46170  Minimum school day for continuation schools and classes

48400-48454  Compulsory continuation education, especially:

48400  Weekly minimum attendance requirement

48402  Minors not regularly employed

48410-48416  Compulsory continuation education

48430-48438  Continuation classes

48450-48454  Violation

48900  Grounds for suspension and expulsion

48900.5  Student discipline

48903  Limitations on days of suspension

51224-51225.3  Courses of study

60850-60856  High school exit examination


7000-7002  Emancipation of minors law

7050  Purposes for which emancipated minor considered an adult


11000-11010  Continuation education


Nathan G. v. Clovis Unified School District (2014) Cal.App.5th (No. F065485)




Policy Adopted: 3-7-18