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DASS Participation Instructions

Instructions to participate in the Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) program for alternative schools of choice and charter schools that serve high-risk students.

The California DASS participation form is used by alternative schools of choice and charter schools that serve high-risk students. The DASS criteria requires a school to have an unduplicated count of at least 70 percent of the school's total enrollment composed of the following high-risk student groups: expelled; suspended, wards of the court; pregnant and/or parenting; recovered dropouts; habitually truant or habitually insubordinate and disorderly; retained more than once in kindergarten through grade eight; credit deficient; gap in enrollment; high level of transiency; Foster Youth; or Homeless Youth.

Important Note: Please do not apply to DASS if your school is currently on the active list. To check if your school is currently on the DASS list, please visit Active DASS Schools.

Completing and Submitting the DASS Participation Form (Part 1)

The DASS Participation Form (Part 1) is an online survey. The 2018 submission window for Part 1 has ended.

Submitting Supporting Documents (Part 2)

The 2018 submission window for Part 2 has ended.

The DASS coordinator is responsible for uploading the following:

  1. Obtain signatures of the school principal, county or district superintendent or charter school administrator, and local board president on the DASS Eligibility Certification Form, which is located in your assigned Box.com folder.

  2. Submit a copy of the board agenda and minutes that indicates the approval of the DASS eligibility certification. The local district governing board or the charter school board must certify that the school's enrollment meets the DASS criteria as an agendized board item.

Terms of Dashboard Alternative School Status Participation

All DASS participants must maintain documentation of the 70 percent of students reflected on their DASS Participation Form. The CDE will conduct annual reviews and the failure to provide such documentation may result in termination of the school's DASS.

All schools voluntarily participating in the DASS program will be required to re-certify their high-risk student enrollments every three years (i.e., if a school is approved in 2017–18 to participate in DASS for the 2018 Dashboard, this school must reapply in the 2020–21 to continue their participation in DASS for the 2021 Dashboard). If a school fails to re-certify its high-risk student enrollment or the school’s enrollment of high-risk students fall below 70 percent, the school will be removed from DASS.

Questions: DASS Team | dass@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Monday, October 1, 2018
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