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Virginia Administrative Code
6/24/2024

Chapter 330. Rules Governing Alternative Education

8VAC20-330-10. Definition.

Defined in the broadest sense, alternative education involves learning experiences that offer educational choices which meet the needs of students with varying interests and abilities. Alternative education offers choices in terms of time, location, staffing, and programs.

Alternative education programs must be designed to help students acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and attitudes reflected in the goals of education for Virginia's public schools. Alternative education programs already exist in many schools in the state. Among them are programs for the handicapped, for gifted and talented students, and for students enrolled in vocational education classes; however, alternative education, in the broadest sense, is not limited to these programs.

The courses offered shall be approved by the local school board in accordance with regulations of the Board of Education.

If regular high school credit is awarded to students in the alternative programs, regulations of the Board of Education shall be applicable.

Instructional personnel used in alternative programs shall be certified if any portion of their salaries is derived from public funds.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0032 §I, eff. September 1, 1980.

8VAC20-330-20. Students.

Students shall satisfy age and residence eligibility requirements in accordance with § 22.1-3 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0032 §II, eff. September 1, 1980.

8VAC20-330-30. Funding.

The full-time equivalent per pupil cost of the alternative program shall equal or exceed the amount required by the Appropriations Act for students counted in average daily membership.

The local school division shall maintain pupil accounting records for students in alternative programs who are counted in average daily membership.

Public funds spent for alternative education programs operated in cooperation with other governmental agencies shall be approved by the local school board.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-17 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR270-01-0032 §III, eff. September 1, 1980.

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