After School Learning and Safe Neighborhoods Partnerships Program
(a) (1) Every after school component of a program established pursuant to this article shall commence immediately upon the conclusion of the regular schoolday, and operate a minimum of 15 hours per week, and at least until 6 p.m. on every regular schoolday. Every after school component of the program shall establish a policy regarding reasonable early daily release of pupils from the program. For those programs or schoolsites operating in a community where the early release policy does not meet the unique needs of that community or school, or both, documented evidence may be submitted to the department for an exception and a request for approval of an alternative plan.
(2) It is the intent of the Legislature that elementary school pupils participate in the full day of the program every day during which the pupils participate and that pupils in middle school or junior high school attend a minimum of nine hours a week and three days a week to accomplish program goals.
(3) In order to develop an age-appropriate after 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 program established pursuant to this article have the option of operating during any combination of summer, intersession, or vacation periods for a minimum of three hours per day for the regular school year pursuant to Section 8483.7.
(c) (1) Priority for enrollment of pupils in an after 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 an after school program, that a pupil applying for or participating in the program is a homeless youth or a 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.
(d) 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.
(e) For purposes of identifying a pupil who is eligible for priority enrollment pursuant to subdivision (c), 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.
(f) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2017.
(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 399, Sec. 5.)