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(a) Throughout the school designation process, the department, district, or school shall communicate with the parents of each child attending the school that has received a designation under 4 AAC 06.835.
(b) The department, district, or school shall ensure that, regardless of the method or media used, it provides the information required by this section to parents
(1) in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request; and
(2) to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
(c) The department, district, or school shall provide information to parents through
(1) regular mail, electronic mail, or another direct means; however, if the department does not have access to individual student addresses, the department may provide information to the district or school for distribution to parents; and
(2) indirect means of dissemination, including the Internet, publications, broadcasting, and notices from public agencies serving students and their families.
(d) Communications must respect the privacy of students and their families.
(e) If a district designates a school as Level 2 or higher under 4 AAC 06.835, the district shall promptly notify the parents of each student enrolled in the school of the designation. The notice must include
(1) an explanation of what the designation means, and how the school compares in terms of academic achievement to other elementary and secondary schools served by the district and the state;
(2) the reasons for the designation;
(3) an explanation of how parents can become involved in addressing the academic issues that led to the designation;
(4) an explanation of the parents' option to transfer the student to another public school, including the provision of transportation to the new school and information on the academic performance of each school to which the student may transfer; in the notice, the district may also include other information on each school to which the student may transfer, including
(A) a description of any special academic programs or facilities;
(B) the availability of before-school and after-school programs;
(C) the professional qualifications of teachers in core academic subjects; and
(D) a description of parental involvement opportunities.
(f) If a school is required to offer supplemental educational services under 4 AAC 06.840, a notice under (e) of this section also must explain how parents can obtain supplemental educational services for the student, including
(1) the identity of approved providers of those services available within the district, including providers of technology-based or distance-learning supplemental educational services, and providers that make services reasonably available in neighboring districts; and
(2) a brief description of the services, qualifications, and demonstrated effectiveness of the providers.
(g) A district shall publish and disseminate to the parents of each student enrolled in the school, and to the public, information regarding any action taken by a school and the district to address the problems that led to designation of the school under 4 AAC 06.835, including
(1) an explanation of what the school is doing to address the problem of low achievement;
(2) an explanation of what the district or department is doing to help the school address the problem of low achievement; and
History: Eff. 11/23/2003, Register 168
Authority: AS 14.03.123
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