Policy 5101 - Alternative Education Program
5101.1.1 Alternative education programs in Harrison County are a
temporary authorized departure from the regular school program. They are designed
to provide educational and social development for students whose
behavior places them at risk of not succeeding in the traditional school
environment and in adult life without positive interventions.
5101.2.1 Students in alternative education programs will be
provided educational opportunities in accordance with
West Virginia codes §18-2-6, §18A-5-1a, §18-5-19, and §18-5A-2,
as well as West Virginia Board of Education
Policy 2418. These temporary placement services include, but are not
limited to: Harrison County Transitional Middle School, Harrison County
Transitional High School and Alternative High School.
5101.2.2 Students will be placed in Harrison County Transitional Middle School
and Harrison County Transitional High School for:
522.214.171.124 violations of the Productive and Safe Schools Act (W.Va Code
§18A-5-la) in accordance with the provisions of the Act; OR
5126.96.36.199 repeated violations of the county’s discipline policy following
documented multiple behavioral interventions by the Student Assistance Team
at the referring school; OR 5188.8.131.52 continuation of educational services
during periods of suspension or expulsion.
5101.3 Placement of Students in Alternative Education Programs
5101.3.1 Placement of students in alternative education programs,
excluding short term in-school suspensions, shall be made by an Alternative Education
Placement Team, which may be the Student Assistance Team. Harrison
County Schools shall provide for the opportunity for parents to participate in
the placement team meeting.
5101.4.1 Harrison County Schools shall have an
identified written curriculum for alternative education programs based upon
State Board of Education approved content standards and objectives. The curriculum
also includes a component for teaching and learning responsible behavior. In addition,
Harrison County shall provide for the participation of staff certified in the
core subject areas in the development of the academic curriculum and the
assessment measures to determine mastery of content standards and objectives.
5101.5.1 Instructional activities shall be consistent with the written
curriculum and appropriate for the students’ developmental levels;
5101.5.2 Instructional materials shall be age appropriate, functionally appropriate
and of high interest level for students;
5101.5.3 The program shall provide for individualized instruction and
accommodate the entry and exit of students;
5101.5.4 Curricular and instructional practices shall reflect high expectations for
students; 5101.5.5 The instructional program shall be delivered in a climate
conducive to learning; 5101.5.6 Sufficient instructional materials, supplies and
equipment shall be available to deliver the instructional program.
5101.6 Statewide Assessment Program
5101.6.1 Students enrolled in alternative
education programs shall participate in the Statewide Assessment Program.
The test scores for these students shall be counted in the results of the referring school.
5101.7 Support Services
5101.7.1 Students in alternative education programs
shall receive school counseling services and/or other support services, such as
school social work or psychological services, as indicated in the student’s written plan.
5101.8 Special Education
5101.8.1 Harrison County Schools shall comply with
applicable state, local and federal laws and regulations in the education of
exceptional students placed in alternative education programs.
5101.9.1 Classroom teachers shall be selected on the
basis of the teachers’demonstration of competence in meeting the following standards:
5184.108.40.206. possess a West Virginia professional teaching certificate.
5220.127.116.11 ability to effect positive behavior in disruptive students.
518.104.22.168 effective leadership and/or mentoring skills in working with youth.
522.214.171.124 successful experience in providing education to troubled or
5126.96.36.199 specialized training or experience in non-traditional programs.
5188.8.131.52 specialized training in behavior management skills.
5101.10 Home-Based Programs for Disruptive Students
5101.10.1 The Harrison County Board of Education may provide
home-based programs solely for students expelled under the Productive and
Safe Schools Act (W.Va. Code §18A-5-1a) or for disruptive students who
meet the eligibility criteria for Home/Hospital Instruction under State
Board of Education Policy 2510 – Assuring the Quality of Education:
Regulations for Education Programs.
5101.11 Program Completion
5101.11.1 Students may complete an
alternative education program in one of the following manners:
(a) fulfillment of criteria for re-entry into the regular
school program; (b) completion of regular high school graduation
requirements and awarding of a regular high school diploma from the
referring school; (c) completion of identified performance
criteria leading to a high school diploma; or (d) completion of a GED in
accordance with State Board of Education Policy 2444.4: Issuance of High
School Equivalent Diplomas, State of West Virginia.
5101.12 Program Evaluation
5101.12.1 Considerations for Program
Evaluation and Accreditation Reviews shall focus upon the impact of the
program on student performance and results using indicators such as:
academic gains, reduction in dropout rates, reduction in incidences
requiring disciplinary action, improvement in attendance rates,
rates of successful program completion and return to the regular
school program, rates of successful completion of vocational
training programs, rates of successful completion of high school
graduation or attainment of a GED, and rates of successful job placement
and job retention.
Approved by Harrison County Board of Education
Effective Date: June 25, 2002