PROVISION FOR ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION
The Richfield Board of Education believes in the inclusion of all students, to the maximum extent possible, in the mainstream of school and classroom life and experience. The Board recognizes, however, that there may be parents, guardians or adult students who believe that some alternative organizational arrangement for instruction and/or alternative instructional media/materials may be required to serve the best interests of their children or themselves.
A parent/guardian or adult student, 18 years of age, can make reasonable arrangements with school personnel for alternative instruction.
Alternative instruction may be provided by the parent, guardian, or adult student if the alternative instruction, if any, offered by the school board does not meet the concerns of the parent, guardian, or adult student. The school board is not required to pay for the costs of alternative instruction provided by a parent, guardian, or adult student. School personnel may not impose an academic or other penalty upon a student merely for arranging alternative instruction. School personnel may evaluate and assess the quality of the student's work. (Minnesota Statute §120B.20.)
Adopted by the Board of Education: June 6, 1994
Amended by the Board of Education: March 17, 1997, December 17, 2001
Reaffirmed by the Board of Education: August 12, 2013
Legal References: Required by Minnesota Statute §120B.20
Cross References: Related district policies
611.1 Administrative Guidelines
PROVISION FOR ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION
Typically, there will be one of two reasons for requesting alternative materials or instructional arrangements. The first is based in knowledge of available research and successful instructional practice indicating that some children may learn more effectively within an alternative structure. The other is related to religious belief and the cultural and lifestyle practices derived therefrom.
When considering requests for alternative instructional arrangements, the following will be used as a guide.
1. Persons making the request for an alternative organizational arrangement for instruction have the obligation of providing evidence that such an arrangement is a viable educational alternative to that provided by the Board.
2. If the alternative arrangement involves the creation of a class, a class will only be created if there is evidence of sufficient prospective enrollment to make it fiscally viable.
3. There must be sufficient and appropriate facilities in the district to accommodate the new arrangement.
4. The course content for the alternative instructional program must be congruent with state law and district policies.
5. The alternative program must not result in additional costs to the district for staffing or instructional materials and supplies.
6. The requested alternative to traditional instructional arrangements will be open to all students on a first-come first-served basis.
7. Persons who wish to enroll their children in the alternative instructional arrangement will be responsible for transporting the students to and from school unless such transportation can be accommodated on regularly established routes.
8. The program offered within the alternative arrangement may only exclude course material and teaching methodology which is clearly in conflict with the religious beliefs and cultural practices of the parents and students involved.
9. The Board will not approve arrangements which establish de facto segregation along racial, religious, ethnic or gender lines nor which would constitute an accommodation of religion in violation of the Constitution.
10. No religious and/or cultural practices may be taught except as permitted by law and district policy.
11. Persons requesting alternative arrangements will be responsible for obtaining any required permissions/exemptions from state rules or regulations.
12. The school board is not required to pay for the costs of alternative instruction provided by a parent, guardian or adult student (Minnesota Statute §120b.20).
Dated: March 17, 1997
Reviewed: August 12, 2013
Revised: December 17, 2001