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2240b AdmGuide_Alternative Learning Activities for Opt Out Students

Situations may arise in which the parent has requested that their child not participate in a particular instructional
activity. Board of Education policy authorizes that such requests are to be honored if the reason relates to a
conflict between the subject matter and religious or philosophical beliefs held by the parents. Requests may not be
honored, however, if the reason relates not to subject matter but to pedagogy or other concerns. In such cases,
the parent should be referred to the Director of Student Learning.
When a student is to be excused from an activity, the teacher should:
    A. Prepare an alternative activity in the general subject area which the student can work at on his/her own to
        reinforce and/or extend acquired learning of content and/or skill or develop new knowledge or skill;
    B. Arrange for a work location for the student that is properly supervised and provides access to help, if and
        when needed;
    C. Try to ensure that there are no repercussions for the student either academically or socially as a result of not
        participating in the regularly-scheduled activity;
    D. Keep a record of the alternative activity for communication with the parents, if such information is requested.


Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009

Sharon Weinstock,
Jul 28, 2011, 1:16 PM