After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program
(a) (1) Every before school program component established pursuant to this article shall in no instance operate for less than one and one-half hours per regular schoolday. Every program shall establish a policy regarding reasonable late daily arrival of pupils to the program.
(2) (A) It is the intent of the Legislature that elementary school pupils participate in the full day of the program every day during which pupils participate and that pupils in middle school or junior high school attend a minimum of six hours a week or three days a week to accomplish program goals, except when arriving late in accordance with the late arrival policy described in paragraph (1) or as reasonably necessary.
(B) A pupil who attends less than one-half of the daily program hours shall not be counted for the purposes of attendance.
(3) In order to develop an age-appropriate before school program for pupils in middle school or junior high school, programs established pursuant to this article may implement a flexible attendance schedule for those pupils.
(b) The administrators of a before school program established pursuant to this article shall have the option of operating during any combination of summer, intersession, or vacation periods for a minimum of two hours per day for the regular school year pursuant to Section 8483.75.
(c) Every before school program component established pursuant to this article shall offer a breakfast meal as described by Section 49553 for all program participants.
(d) (1) Priority for enrollment of pupils in a before school program shall be as follows:
(A) First priority shall go to pupils who are identified by the program as homeless youth, as defined by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC Sec. 11434a), at the time that they apply for enrollment or at any time during the school year, and to pupils who are identified by the program as being in foster care.
(B) For programs serving middle and junior high school pupils, second priority shall go to pupils who attend daily.
(2) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to require a program to verify, or a school district to disclose to a before school program, that a pupil applying for or participating in the program is a homeless youth or foster youth.
(3) Nothing in this subdivision shall be construed to require or authorize the disenrollment of a current participant in order to secure the enrollment of a pupil who has priority for enrollment.
(e) A program shall inform the parent or caregiver of a pupil of the right of homeless children and foster children to receive priority enrollment and how to request priority enrollment.
(f) For purposes of identifying a pupil who is eligible for priority enrollment pursuant to subdivision (d), the administrators of a program shall allow self-certification of the pupil as a homeless youth or a foster youth. Administrators of a program may also obtain this information through the school district liaison designated for homeless children if the school district has a waiver on file allowing for the release of this information.
(g) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2017.
(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 399, Sec. 7)