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Dropout Prevention

Programs and services that provide student support, train staff, and improve school climate to prevent students from dropping out of school and to recover those who have left and help them complete their education.

Behavioral Intervention Strategies and Supports
We can keep students in school and hold them accountable. Research on student engagement, academic success, dropout and graduation rates has shown the need to replace punitive discipline practices.

Child Welfare and Attendance
A specialized student support service that combines counseling and legal remedies to resolve complicated or persistent student attendance or behavior problems.

Community Day Schools
Serve high-risk youths, including those referred by expulsion, probation, or a School Attendance Review Board (SARB); provide challenging academic curriculum; and develop pro-social skills and resiliency.

Continuation Education
Serves students sixteen years of age and older who have not graduated from high school, are at risk of not graduating, and are not exempt from compulsory school attendance.

County Community Schools
Serves students who are referred by a parent or a SARB, paroled, on probation, expelled, homeless, or not attending school.

Countywide Plans for Expelled Students
County superintendents, and superintendents of the districts within the county, develop countywide plans for providing educational services to all expelled pupils.

Diploma Plus High Schools
Serves students fifteen years of age and older who have not reached their potential in a traditional secondary school setting and are at risk of not graduating from high school.

Home & Hospital Instruction
School districts provide home and hospital instruction to maintain instructional continuity during a student's temporary disability.

Independent Study
A voluntary alternative instructional strategy for providing regular education; available from kindergarten through adult education.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports
A framework that aligns Response to Instruction and Intervention with the California State standards and the systems necessary to ensure academic, behavior, and social success.

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Works to improve opportunities for all young people to fully develop the academic, social, work, and healthy life skills needed to graduate from high school and lead productive lives.

Reporting Requirements for Severance of Attendance
Information on California Education Code Section 48203, which requires the superintendent of a school district or the principal of a private school to report the severance of attendance of children with exceptional needs or handicapped children.

School Attendance Review Boards
Information about SARBs that are composed of school and community members who meet regularly to diagnose and resolve persistent student attendance or behavior problems.

Questions:   Educational Options Office | 916-323-2183
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 19, 2019