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Newport-Mesa USD |  BP  5147  Students

Dropout Prevention   

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The Governing Board recognizes that regular school attendance is critical to student learning and achievement. The Board desires to provide a learning environment that engages students, helps them become self-motivated, encourages regular attendance, and enables them to meet district standards and to graduate.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

The Superintendent or designee, in collaboration with community agencies and organizations as appropriate, shall develop districtwide and schoolwide strategies that support regular school attendance for all students. Dropout prevention strategies shall include efforts to provide a safe and positive learning environment that engages and motivates students, encourages students' connectedness to the schools, offers meaningful educational opportunities, and promotes student health and well-being.

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

(cf. 6173.2 - Education of Children of Military Families)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies to provide targeted support to individual students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Students may be identified based on indicators such as chronic absenteeism, truancy, or tardiness; below-grade-level academic achievement as evidenced by student assessment results and/or teacher evaluations; and personal, social, health, or economic circumstances that may affect student performance and behavior in school.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

(cf. 6162.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)

Strategies to support students at risk of dropping out of school may include, but are not limited to:

1. Meetings and/or home visits with the student and parent/guardian to identify and address barriers to the student's success and inform them of the state's compulsory education law

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

2. Individualized instruction that responds to the needs and unique learning styles of students

3. Supplemental instruction during or outside the school day that is designed to help students overcome academic deficiencies

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6177 - Summer Learning Programs)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

4. Enrollment in alternative or specialized educational programs

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

(cf. 6172 - Gifted and Talented Student Program)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

(cf. 6178.2 - Regional Occupational Center/Program)

(cf. 6181 - Alternative Schools/Programs of Choice)

(cf. 6183 - Home and Hospital Instruction)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)

5. Assistance locating employment or work-based learning opportunities which link classroom learning with real-world experiences

(cf. 5113.2 - Work Permits)

(cf. 6178.1 - Work-Based Learning)

6. Academic guidance and personal counseling services

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

7. Referral to a student success team, school attendance review board, or other team that addresses persistent attendance problems

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Success Teams)

8. Referral to school and/or community support services, such as a student assistance program, health services, social services, a substance abuse program, and other resources

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

9. Continued monitoring of student attendance

10. Employment of qualified outreach consultants to perform duties related to dropout identification, prevention, intervention, and recovery as assigned

The strategies may be incorporated into the district's local control and accountability plan and linked to district goals for student engagement, school climate, and student achievement.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive School Safety Plan)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that employees are trained to support at-risk students and are prepared to implement intervention strategies or to make appropriate referrals to support services.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of governing board

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

48200 Compulsory education

48260-48273 Truancy

48400-48403 Compulsory continuation education

48430-48438 Continuation education

48660-48667 Community day schools

51260-51269 Gang and substance abuse prevention curriculum

51745-51749.3 Independent study

52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan

52300-52334 Regional Occupational Centers

52890 Qualifications and duties of outreach consultants

54690-54697 Partnership academies

60900-60901 California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System

64000-64001 Single plan for student achievement


18986.40-18986.46 Interagency children's services programs


6301-6322 Title I programs

Management Resources:


California High School Graduation and Dropout Rates, Fact Sheet, May 2013



California Department of Education:

California Dropout Research Project:

California Student Assistance Program Resource Center:

National Dropout Prevention Center:

U.S. Department of Education:

California Dropout Prevention Network:


adopted: January 12, 2016 Costa Mesa, California