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Burbank USD |  BP  6142.4  Instruction

Service Learning/Community Service Classes   

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The Board of Education recognizes 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 shall 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)

Students shall be encouraged to seek volunteer opportunities which support and strengthen their academic achievement and help them recognize the relevance of what they are learning in school. Insofar as possible, such opportunities shall also be designed to help students develop cross-cultural relationships within the community.

Service learning experience shall be required for high school graduation.

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The Superintendent or designee may limit the number of units of service which may be applied towards high school graduation.

The Superintendent or designee shall determine the number of hours of service to be performed on the student's own time, outside school hours.

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)


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:


adopted: November 16, 2017 Burbank, California