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Escondido Union ESD |  AR  5148.2  Students

Before/After School Programs   

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Grades K-8

The district's After School Education and Safely (ASES) program or 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) program may serve students in grades K-8. (Education Code 8482.3, 8484.8)

Consistent with state funding priorities, the district shall, to the extent feasible, give priority to establishing ASES programs that serve students in schools with the highest percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

The district's 21st CCLC program shall primarily serve students in Title I schoolwide programs or serve a high percentage of students from low-income families. (Education Code 8484.8; 20 USC 7173)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

Consistent with federal funding priorities, the district shall, to the extent feasible, give priority to establishing 21st CCLC programs in schools that are identified for program improvement under 20 USC 6316 and/or programs that will provide year-round expanded learning opportunities.

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

The district's ASES and 21st CCLC program(s) shall be operated in accordance with the following:

1. Program Elements

a. The program shall include an educational and literacy element in which tutoring or homework assistance is provided in language arts, mathematics, history and social science, computer training, and/or science. (Education Code 8482.3)

(cf. 6142.91 - Reading/Language Arts Instruction)

(cf. 6142.92 - Mathematics Instruction)

(cf. 6142.93 - Science Instruction)

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Makeup Work)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

b. The program shall include an educational enrichment element, which may include, but is not limited to, fine arts, career technical education, recreation, physical fitness, and prevention activities. (Education Code 8482.3)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)

(cf. 6142.6 - Visual and Performing Arts)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

2. Nutrition

a. If snacks are made available in the program, they shall conform to state nutrition standards specified in Education Code 49430-49434 or 42 USC 1766 as applicable. (Education Code 8482.3; 42 USC 1766-1766a; 7 CFR 226.17).

b. The district's before-school program shall offer the same breakfast meal as described in Education Code 49553 for all program participants. (Education Code 8483.1)

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 3554 - Other Food Sales)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

3. Location of Program

a. The program may be offered at one or multiple school sites and/or at an easily available and accessible off-campus facility. (Education Code 8482.3)

b. When there is a significant barrier to student participation in either the before-school or after-school component of a program at the school of attendance, the district may, with the approval of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, provide services at another school site. A significant barrier includes either of the following: (Education Code 8482.8)

(1) Fewer than 20 students participating in the program component

(2) Extreme transportation constraints, including, but not limited to, desegregation busing, busing for magnet or open enrollment schools, or student dependence on public transportation

In such cases, the district shall arrange for safe, supervised transportation between school sites; ensure communication among staff in the regular school program, staff in the before-school or after-school program, and parents/guardians; and ensure alignment of the educational and literacy elements with the regular school program of participating students. (Education Code 8482.8)

(cf. 3540 - Transportation)

4. Staffing

a. All staff members who directly supervise students shall, at a minimum, meet the qualifications for an instructional aide. (Education Code 8483.4; 20 USC 6319)

(cf. 4222 - Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals)

b. All program staff and volunteers shall be subject to the health screening and fingerprint clearance requirements in law and board policy. (Education Code 8483.4)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 4112.4/4212.4/4312.4 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 4112.5/4212.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

c. The student-to-staff ratio shall be no more than 20 to 1. (Education Code 8483.4)

5. Hours of Operation

a. A before-school program shall not operate for less than one and one-half hours per regular school day. (Education Code 8483.1)

b. An after-school program shall begin immediately upon the conclusion of the regular school day and shall operate a minimum of 15 hours per week and at least until 6 p.m. on every regular school day. (Education Code 8483)

6. Admissions

a. Every student attending a school operating a program is eligible to participate in the program, subject to program capacity. (Education Code 8482.6)

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

b. If the number of students wishing to participate in the program exceeds program capacity, students shall be selected for enrollment based on the following guidelines:

(1) Priority for enrollment of middle school students shall be given to students who attend daily (Education Code 8483, 8483.1)

(2) Priority for enrollment may be given to students identified as in need of academic remediation or support in accordance with board policy or administrative regulations

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

(3) Any remaining capacity shall be filled by students selected at random

(4) A waiting list shall be established to accommodate additional students if space becomes available

7. Attendance/Early Release

a. Each student admitted into a district program shall be expected to attend the full number of hours that the program is in operation every day that he/she participates.

b. When necessary, a student's parent/guardian may request, in writing, that the superintendent or designee approve the reasonable late daily arrival of his/her child for the before-school program or the reasonable early daily release of his/her child from the after-school program. The superintendent or designee shall not approve such a request if the student would be attending less than one-half of the daily program hours.

8. Summer/Intersession/Vacation Programs

a. A before-school program operating during summer, intersession, and/or vacation days shall be offered for a minimum of two hours per day. An after-school program offered during summer, intersession, and/or vacation days may be operated for either three hours or six hours per day in accordance with Education Code 8483.76. When both before-school and after-school programs are offered for the same students on such days, they shall be operated for a minimum of four and one-half hours per day. (Education Code 8483, 8483.1, 8483.2, 8483.76)

b. A program offered during summer, intersession, and/or vacation periods may open eligibility to every student attending a school in the district, with priority for enrollment given to students enrolled in the school that received the grant. (Education Code 8483.76)

c. To address the needs of students and school closures, the program may be conducted at an off-site location or an alternate school site. The program shall notify the California Department of Education (CDE) of the change of location and shall include a plan to provide safe transportation pursuant to Education Code 8484.6. (Education Code 8483.76)

d. Any program operating for six hours per day shall provide at least one nutritionally adequate free or reduced-price meal to each eligible student during each program day. (Education Code 8483.76)

e. For any program operating six hours per day, district procedures pertaining to student attendance and early release as specified in item #7 above shall apply. (Education Code 8483.76)

(cf. 6177 - Summer Learning Programs)


The superintendent or designee/providers may establish a registry of volunteer after-school physical recreation instructors and other before- and after-school program volunteers. (Education Code 35021.3)

To be included in the registry, a volunteer shall submit to a criminal background check pursuant to Education Code 45125. He/she also shall complete and submit current contact information card to the district and shall update that information whenever the information changes. (Education Code 35021.3)

The superintendent or designee may use a volunteer registered with the district or may select another person to provide physical recreation to students after school hours or to provide other services. (Education Code 35021.3)


The superintendent or designee shall annually submit to the CDE outcome-based data including, but not limited to: (Education Code 8427, 8482.3, 8484)

1. For participating students, school day attendance on an annual basis and program attendance on a semi-annual basis

2. Evidence of a program quality improvement process that is data driven and based on CDE program quality standards

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)


September 22, 2017 Escondido, California