The Advance R-IV School District shall attempt to provide continuous progress in education to fit the needs of individuals of the community.  In meeting these needs, the district may provide programs beyond those offered during the regular school day.  The district will pursue all available state or federal aid for its extended instructional programs.


Adult Education


The Board may provide school facilities for the purpose of maintaining and expanding programs and services for persons interested in adult education.  Such programs shall be commensurate with the needs of the community.  The Board may provide administrative, ancillary and other supportive services needed to enhance the quality of the adult education program; however, the program shall be provided only out of revenue derived by the school district from sources other than state appropriations.


Early Childhood


The critical importance of the early years in determining the educational development of children is recognized by the Board.  Insofar as resources permit, programs designed to help meet the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of preschool age children are encouraged.


The district will provide services to students with disabilities beginning at age three (3) in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and as required by other applicable law.


Extended School Year


Extended school year (ESY) services may be necessary to provide a child with a disability a free appropriate public education pursuant to the law of special educational services.  A student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will determine whether ESY services are necessary and the length, nature and type of services to be provided.


Extended-Day Child Care


The district may establish before- and after-school child care programs for students between the ages of five (5) and 14 and for the children of students.  The district may establish such a program directly or with any not-for-profit corporation.


Reading Improvement Instruction (Grades K-3)


The district may provide a program of reading improvement instruction for students in kindergarten through third grade who do not meet the district's objectives for reading.  Students receiving such instruction can be counted toward additional average daily attendance for extra hours of instruction falling outside the traditional school day.


Reading Improvement Instruction (Grades 3-6)


The district will design and implement a reading improvement plan with at least 30 hours of additional reading instruction or practice outside the regular school day for students in grades four (4)  through six (6)  who do not meet minimum standards on the district’s reading assessment, as required by law.  The district will also design and implement reading improvement plans for students determined prior to the beginning of any school year to have a cognitive ability insufficient to meet minimum reading standards for students in grades three (3) through six (6), as required by law.


Remediation as a Condition of Promotion


The district requires remediation as a condition of promotion to the next grade level for any student identified by the district as failing to master skills and competencies established for that particular grade level.  The superintendent or designee shall determine which skills and competencies must be mastered, how they are to be assessed and what remediation is appropriate.  The district may operate remediation programs outside the regular school day, including summer school.  Such remediation shall recognize that different students learn differently and shall employ methods designed to help those students achieve at high levels.  The district will pursue all available state or federal aid for such programs.


Summer School


The district shall establish a summer school program for reading instruction with a minimum of 40 hours of reading instruction and practice for all students with a reading improvement plan.  The district may offer a pre-kindergarten summer school to students who will reach the age of five (5) before August 1 of the school year beginning in that calendar year.  Summer school may also be utilized for remediation as a condition of promotion.


Supplementary Educational Services


The district may be required to arrange for provision of free supplementary educational services to low-income students who attend a school that has been identified for school improvement as required by law.  The district will notify parents of children eligible to receive these services and provide these parents with a list of state-approved service providers in the area, a description of the services available and, if requested, assist the parents in selecting a provider.


The district, in consultation with the parents and the provider, will develop a plan for improving the student’s achievement for every child receiving services.  The plan will articulate how progress reports will be shared with the parents and the school.  This plan will be consistent with the IEP of any student receiving special services under IDEA.


Violence Prevention


The district may provide a violence prevention instructional program.  The program shall instruct students of the negative consequences of membership in or association with criminal street gangs or street gang activity, encourage nonviolent conflict resolution of problems facing youth, present alternative constructive activities for the students and encourage community participation in program instruction.  The program shall be administered as appropriate for different grade levels and shall not be offered for academic credit.  The district will contact the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for guidance in establishing a violence prevention instructional program and will apply for any available state or federal aid.


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Note:   The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.


Adopted:          November 14, 2002




Legal Refs:       §§ 160.053, .500, 161.650, 167.290 - .310, .645, 171.091, 178.280, .290,

                                     .693, .695, RSMo.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 - 1487

34 C.F.R. Part 300

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, P.L. 107-110


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