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Cautionary Notice: AB 97 (Ch. 47, Statutes of 2013) repealed Education Code 42605, which provided temporary flexibility for specified "Tier 3" categorical programs, and instead redirects the funding for those categorical programs into the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) (Education Code 42238.01-42251). The supplemental and concentration grant portions of the LCFF may be used for any schoolwide or districtwide educational purpose in accordance with state regulations to be adopted by January 31, 2014, with a goal of increasing or improving services for English learners, foster youth, and students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Certain requirements related to Tier 3 categorical program(s) in the following policy or regulation are no longer applicable.

The Superintendent or designee may grant a student a leave of absence due to pregnancy, childbirth or abortion for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. At the conclusion of the leave, the student shall be reinstated to the status she held when the leave began. (34 CFR 106.40)

(cf. 5112.3 - Student Leave of Absence)

A pregnant or parenting student also may request exemption from attendance because of a physical or mental condition or because of personal services that must be rendered to a dependent. (Education Code 48410)

(cf. 5112.1 - Exemptions from Attendance)

Cal-SAFE Program

A male or female student shall be eligible to enroll in the district's California School Age Families Education (Cal-SAFE) program if he/she: (Education Code 54747, 56026)

1. Is an expectant parent, custodial parent, or noncustodial parent taking an active role in the care and supervision of the child

2. Has not earned a high school diploma or its equivalent

3. Meets one of the following additional conditions:

a. Is age 18 years of age or younger.

b. Is age 19 and has been continuously enrolled in the program since before his/her 19th birthday. Such a student may be enrolled in the program for one additional semester.

c. The student is below age 22 and has an active individualized education plan.

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

Students shall be enrolled in the program on an open-entry and open-exit basis. (Education Code 54745)

A student shall not be denied initial or continuous enrollment because of having had multiple pregnancies, more than one child, or a change in eligibility status from expectant to parenting. (Education Code 54747)

No fees shall be charged to students or their families for services provided through the district's Cal-SAFE program. (Education Code 54745)

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

The Superintendent or designee shall complete an intake procedure regarding each student upon entry into the program, and periodically thereafter as necessary, to determine appropriate levels and types of services to be provided. (Education Code 54746)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide staff development and conduct community outreach in order to establish a positive learning environment and supportive school policies. (Education Code 54745)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

The Superintendent or designee shall participate in the development of the county service coordination plan for providing educational and related support services to expectant and parenting teens and their children. He/she also shall participate in data collection and evaluation of the program. (Education Code 54744, 54745)

(cf. 5148.1 - Child Care Services for Parenting Students)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)


approved: February 13, 2014 Santa Clara, California