Arizona School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Alternative placements

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Arizona School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Alternative placements

Category: Exclusionary Discipline: Suspension, Expulsion, and Alternative Placement
Subcategory: Alternative placements
State: Arizona

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LAWS

15-342. Discretionary powers.

The governing board may:

20. Establish alternative educational programs that are consistent with the laws of this state to educate pupils, including pupils who have been reassigned pursuant to section 15-841, subsection E or F.

15-796. Alternative education programs; contract with public body or private persons; definition.

A. The governing board of a school district may contract with any public body or private person for the purpose of providing alternative education programs or alternative schools.

B. On the approval of the parent or guardian of a student or of a student who is an emancipated person, the superintendent of a school district may recommend to the governing board the placement of the student in an alternative education program or alternative school as provided in this article.

C. An alternative education program or alternative school may deliver the annual required instructional time or instructional hours prescribed in section 15-797, subsection d or any other section to students on any day of the week.

D. An alternative education program or alternative school may enroll and begin to receive funding for a student without a withdrawal form from the student's previous school if the withdrawal has been verified in the student accountability information system and the alternative education program or alternative school retains electronic documentation validating the withdrawal.

E. Notwithstanding any other law, if the previous school of a student who is enrolled in an alternative education program or alternative school incorrectly codes the student as a graduate in the student accountability information system, the alternative education program or alternative school in which the student is currently enrolled may continue to enroll the student. On notification that a student who has been incorrectly coded as a graduate is enrolled in an alternative education program or alternative school, the department of education shall allocate funding for the student beginning on the date of the student's enrollment in the alternative education program or alternative school.

F. For the purposes of this section:

1."Alternative education" means the modification of the school course of study and adoption of teaching methods, materials and techniques, including using any instructional time models pursuant to section 15-901.08, to provide educationally for thoss in grades six through twelve who are unable to profit from the regular school course of study and environment.

2. "Student accountability information system" means the student accountability information system established by section 15-1041.

15-841. Responsibilities of pupils; expulsion; alternative education programs; community service; placement review committee.

E. As an alternative to suspension or expulsion, the school district may reassign any pupil to an alternative education program if the pupil does not meet the requirements for participation in the alternative to suspension program prescribed in subsection I of this section and if good cause exists for expulsion or for a long-term suspension.

F. A school district may reassign a pupil to an alternative education program if the pupil refuses to comply with rules, refuses to pursue the required course of study or refuses to submit to the authority of teachers, administrators or the governing board. [...]

H. A school district or charter school shall expel from school for at least one year a pupil who is determined to have threatened an educational institution as defined in section 13-2911, except that the school district or charter school may modify this expulsion requirement for a pupil on a case-by-case basis if the pupil participates in mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the pupil takes responsibility for the results of the threat. This subsection shall be construed consistently with the requirements of the individuals with disabilities education act (20 United States Code sections 1400 through 1420). A school district may reassign a pupil who is subject to expulsion pursuant to this subsection to an alternative education program pursuant to subsection E of this section if the pupil participates in mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the pupil takes responsibility for the threat. A school district or charter school may require the pupil's parent or guardian to participate in mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the parent or guardian takes responsibility with the pupil for the threat. For the purposes of this subsection, "threatened an educational institution" means to interfere with or disrupt an educational institution as defined in section 13-2911 by doing any of the following:

1. For the purpose of causing, or in reckless disregard of causing, interference with or disruption of an educational institution, threatening to cause physical injury to any employee of an educational institution or any person attending an educational institution.

2. For the purpose of causing, or in reckless disregard of causing, interference with or disruption of an educational institution, threatening to cause damage to any educational institution, the property of any educational institution, the property of any employee of an educational institution or the property of any person attending an educational institution.

3. Going on or remaining on the property of any educational institution for the purpose of interfering with or disrupting the lawful use of the property or in any manner as to deny or interfere with the lawful use of the property by others.

4. Refusing to obey a lawful order to leave the property of an educational institution.

15-843. Pupil disciplinary proceedings; definition.

P. School districts may refer a pupil who has been subject to discipline, suspension or expulsion pursuant to this section to a career and college readiness program for at-risk students established pursuant to section 15-707 
 

REGULATIONS

No relevant regulations found.

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