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Newport-Mesa USD |  AR  5148.2  Students

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After School Education and Safety (ASES) and 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Programs

The district's ASES program may serve students in grades K-9. (Education Code 8482.3)

Consistent with state funding priorities, the district shall, to the extent feasible, give priority to establishing ASES programs that serve students in schools in which at least 50 percent of elementary students and 50 percent of middle or junior high school students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch program.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

The district's 21st CCLC program may serve students in grades 1-8. The program shall primarily serve students in Title I schoolwide programs, with priority given to schools that are identified for program improvement under 20 USC 6316. (20 USC 7173; Education Code 8484.8)

(cf. 0520.2 - Title I Program Improvement Schools)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

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)

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

2. Nutrition

If snacks are made available in the program, they shall conform to state nutrition standards specified in Education Code 49430-49436. (Education Code 8482.3)

(cf. 3554 - Other Food Sales)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

3. Location of Program

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)

a. Fewer than 20 students participating in the program component

b. 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)

(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. 4112.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

(cf. 4212.5 - 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

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)

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. However, 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.

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)

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 or junior high school students shall be given to students who attend daily. (Education Code 8483, 8483.1)

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


approved: September 8, 2009 Costa Mesa, California