Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education recognizes the need to provide alternative means by which students achieve the goals of the County.

The Superintendent shall prepare a plan for the alternative delivery of educational programs (hereinafter "educational options" for use in meeting special needs. Such options may include: extended student learning, summer school, community education, home/hospital instruction, alternative settings for disruptive students, and West Virginia Virtual School options, as follows.



Extended Student Learning



Extended student learning may include, but is not limited to: extended day or year; mini-courses; summer school or an alternative calendar that allows for year-round schooling; and experiential learning that may take place outside of the regular school calendar.



Extended student learning opportunities may be provided by the school system, community agencies, institutions of higher education, (IHE's), businesses or other entities under agreements authorized by the county board or West Virginia Board of Education. These agreements may include payment specifications for those parties using the facilities.



Students may elect to participate in extended learning opportunities and may receive elective credit when approved by the county board or WVBE.



Summer School Ė All summer school programs shall be submitted to the WVDE for approval, Schools may award credits earned from approved summer schools provided the instructional program is equivalent to that required in the regular school term.



Home/Hospital Services



Students who, due to injury or illness as certified in writing by a licensed physician who specializes in the health conditions that may temporarily to home or hospital, for a period that has lasted or will last more than three (3) consecutive weeks will receive home/hospital instruction.



The written statement from a licensed physician must include:



the specific reasons and the period of time the student must remain at home or in the hospital; and



the criteria or conditions under which the student will return to school, and the expected data of such return.



A written statement by a licensed physician who specializes in the health conditions must be resubmitted at least every three (3) months if a student's temporary home/hospital instruction is prolonged.



The Board may require that the parent and/or guardian obtain an opinion from a second licensed physician who specializes in the health conditions at the expense of the Board.



Since home/hospital services are temporary in nature, the home/hospital teachers are responsible for facilitating instruction only for approved content standards and objectives for core courses (i.e., English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). The home/hospital services are guided by the student's classroom teacher(s), consequently, the home/hospital teacher must be in regular contact with the classroom teacher(s) to:



secure and understand units/lessons, instructional plans and instructional, resources (including approved online and virtual options), and



establish procedures for the collection and return of student work to the classroom teacher(s) for feedback and assessment.



The weekly instruction schedule is based upon the studentís ability to attend/participate as specified by the physician requesting home/hospital instruction.



Home/Hospital services must be designed to provide the student adequate opportunity to continue learning toward mastery of grade level content standards and objectives while they are temporarily confined to home or a hospital. These services may not replace full time instruction on an ongoing basis. The expectation is that students will return to the regular classroom. The schedule for home/hospital services must include adequate instructional time and be provided at a location determined by the Board (not necessarily the student's home) when a responsible adult in addition to the teacher is present.



Home/Hospital instruction provided for an exceptional student who is unable to attend school temporarily because of an injury, illness, or health condition requires a change in the studentís placement to Out-of-School Environment (OSE) as defined by West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2419. The change of placement to Out-of-School Environment must be addressed by the studentís IEP team and implemented in accordance with the requirements of West Virginia State Board Education policy 2419.



Home and/or hospital services may also be provided temporarily at the direction of the County Superintendent for students who have not met the immunization requirements of W. Va. Code 16-3-4.



Alternative Settings for Disruptive Students


Student whose disruptive behavior places them at risk of not succeeding in the traditional school structure may be eligible for placement in an alternative education program as authorized by West Virginia State Board of Education policy 4373, Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools.



West Virginia Virtual School Options


With the appropriate approval, the West Virginia Virtual School may provide additional course options to be taken through distance learning that will support the alternative delivery settings described above.



West Virginia Option Pathway


The Option Pathway is a blend of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway and the High School Equivalency Assessment. This pathway provides an opportunity for the high school students behind their ninth grade cohorts a second opportunity to graduate on time rather than dropping out of school.

All alternative delivery of programs for K-Adult must meet the standards and safeguards set forth in WVBE and local policies related to curriculum, instruction, and student support services.

Letters of agreement and/or contracts shall be used with external agencies, businesses, and individuals to clarify responsibilities in areas such as student supervision, public access to school facilities, finance and program accountability.

Prior approval of the educational option application (Form 2370 F1) by the Superintendent shall be required before a student participates in one of the available educational options. Prior permission of a parent or guardian shall also be required before a student under age eighteen (18) participates in one of the available educational options.

Participation in an educational option shall be in accordance with an instructional plan that will be developed based on the individual studentís needs. The instructional plan will include:



instructional goals and objectives that align with Countyís curriculum requirements;



a description of the criteria and method for assessing student performance;



an outline of specific instructional activities, materials and learning environments.

Participation is subject to the oversight of a credentialed teacher who will review the instructional plan, provide or supervise instruction, and evaluate student performance.

Student performance shall be evaluated as either pass or fail relative to the instructional objectives set forth in the instructional plan; letter grades shall not be awarded.

Credit shall be granted to the student upon successful completion of the program. The credit shall be placed on the student transcript.

Credits earned from educational options may be counted toward graduation requirements in accordance with applicable State law and administrative code.

The Superintendent shall develop the administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy.

West Virginia State Board of Education policy 2510

Revised 12/9/14

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