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Ross Valley SD |  BP  6142.4  Instruction

Service Learning/Community Service Classes   

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The Board of Trustees recognize that student involvement in community service enhances academic outcomes, helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed and responsible citizens, and aids in individual career development. The district shall offer separate community service classes and/or service learning opportunities that are integrated into other courses. Such classes and activities shall be designed to link academic content, practical skills, and meaningful service contributions to the community.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 6000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.3 - Civic Education)

(cf. 6142.94 - History-Social Science Instruction)

(cf. 6178.1 - Work-Based Learning)

Service Learning

The Superintendent or designee may integrate service learning opportunities into one or more courses at appropriate grade levels.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Superintendent or designee shall involve administrators, students, teachers, parents/guardians, and community members in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the district's service learning program. He/she shall also collaborate with local public agencies and nonprofit organizations to identify and develop service learning opportunities that meet educational and civic learning objectives, align with state and local academic standards, and address the needs of the community.

(cf. 1600 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

When service learning activities occur off campus, the Superintendent or designee shall arrange for transportation when necessary and shall ensure that students receive appropriate guidance and supervision.

(cf. 3540 - Transportation)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide the Board with regular reports on the district's progress in meeting its goals for service learning.

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

Community Service Classes

The district may offer community service classes in grades 7 and 8. Such classes shall be designed to:

1. Acquaint students with the historical basis for volunteer service, its importance and relevance, and its connection to a wide range of identified school and community needs

2. Include volunteer opportunities that support and strengthen students' understanding of the academic instruction and how it relates to their community

3. Contribute to the physical, mental, moral, economic, and/or civic development of students

4. Provide students with an awareness of potential careers

If off-campus activities are included, the Superintendent or designee shall determine how students will be transported to the off-campus location and shall ensure adequate supervision of students during the activity.


Parents/guardians shall receive information about service learning and any community service opportunities offered by the district and the benefits of such activities to the community and the student. The district shall ask parents/guardians to acknowledge this information and provide consent before their child participates in any off-campus service activities.

(cf. 3530 - Risk Management/Insurance)

(cf. 5143 - Insurance)

Legal Reference:


233.5 Teaching of principles

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

37220.6 Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning

51210 Areas of study, grades 1-6

51220 Areas of study, grades 7-12

51745 Independent study

51810-51815 Community service classes


12501-12682 National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993


Steirer et al v. Bethlehem School District, (1993) 987 F.2d 989

Management Resources:



California Department of Education, Service Learning:

Corporation for National and Community Service:

National Service Learning Clearinghouse:

RVSD Board Policy History

Original Adoption: 8/28/12

Revised/Updated: 5/2/17


adopted: May 2, 2017 San Anselmo, California