Education Programs for Children at Residential Youth Care Centers
(1)Definitions: For the purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:
(a)“Consultation” means scheduled opportunities for the residential youth care center director and the education representative of the district, or its contractor, to share information and concerns about the behavioral characteristics, learning styles, educational needs, and level of educational support for the children residing at the residential youth care center in order to develop, review, and agree upon the education plan;
(b)“District” means the school district in which the residential youth care center is located;
(c)“Least restrictive environment” means serving a child in the educational setting in which the child can reasonably be expected to learn while maintaining integration in the local community;
(d)“Open entry-open exit” means that the education program provides opportunities for students to make progress in obtaining school credits or otherwise meeting their educational goals even though they may enroll or exit at any time during the school year.
(e)“Residential youth care center” means a community program defined in ORS 420.855 (Definitions for ORS 420.855 to 420.885) and operated by a public or private agency. Residential youth care centers where resident children receive educational services funded under ORS 343.961 (Responsibility for costs of education of children in day and residential treatment programs) are not included under the provisions of this rule;
(2)For children placed at a youth care center within a detention facility, as defined in ORS 419A.004 (Definitions), the children shall receive educational services through the Juvenile Detention Education Program as described in ORS 326.695 (Definitions for ORS 326.700 and 326.712).
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(a)The school district in which the residential youth care center is located is responsible for developing a plan which meets the provisions outlined in ORS 336.580 (Education at youth care centers). The district may contract this responsibility to another school district or ESD. The delivery of educational services may be provided by the residential youth care center;
(b)The plan must be developed by the district or its contractor after consultation with the residential youth care center director and shall address behavioral characteristics, learning styles, and educational needs of the children pursuant to OAR 581-022-2270 (Individual Student Assessment, Recordkeeping and Reporting);
(c)The plan for an education program must provide for open entry-open exit and must provide opportunities for students to earn school credits in accordance with OAR 581-022-2505 (Alternative Education Programs), 581-022-2025 (Credit Options), and 581-023-0008 (Accountable Activities for Alternative Education Programs), opportunities for earning a GED when appropriate, or appropriate skill development to ensure educational progress. A continuum of educational services must be available which assure placement of children in the least restrictive environment in which they can reasonably be expected to be successful until they are exempted from compulsory attendance or receive a high school diploma or an equivalent;
(d)The plan must be approved annually by the school district board in which the youth care center is located.
(4)The district must ensure compliance with sections (3) of this rule. If the district does not comply directly or through its contractor, the State Superintendent will find the district deficient and may apply the penalty provided in ORS 327.103 (Standard school presumed).
Rule 581-015-2595 — Education Programs for Children at Residential Youth Care Centers,