DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Office of the Secretary

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(b) (14 Del.C. §122(b))

14 DE Admin. Code 609

PROPOSED

Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(D)

609 District and School Based Intervention Services

A. Type of Regulatory Action Required

Amendment to Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation

The Secretary of Education intends to amend14 DE Admin. Code 609 District and School Based Intervention Services with only format changes and references to the revised Children with Disabilities regulations. This regulation is part of the five-year review cycle. The Department recognizes the on-going work of the House Resolution 22 Task Force that is reviewing laws and regulations related to school discipline. The Department intends to make revisions to this regulation based on the outcomes of this task force.

Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before December 2, 2009 to Susan Haberstroh, Education Associate, Regulation Review, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.

C. Impact Criteria

1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The regulation addresses services for students whose behavior disrupts the classroom setting and creates distractions that impede the learning process which has an impact on student achievement.

2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation addresses services for disruptive behavior not equity issues.

3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ health and safety are adequately protected? The regulation addresses disruptive student behavior which could be a safety issue.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students’ legal rights are respected? The amended regulation addresses services for disruptive behavior not student’s legal rights.

5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation will preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level.

6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation will not place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.

7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated will remain in the same entity.

8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The regulation will be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.

9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is no less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.

10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There is no additional cost to the State and to the local school board of compliance with the regulation.

609 District and School Based Intervention Services

1.0 Provision of Services

Each school district shall provide services for students whose behavior disrupts the classroom setting and creates distractions that impede the learning process, but who are not eligible for placement in an alternative program pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 611. School districts may offer such services based on the identified needs of the district and its individual schools, subject to the requirements of this regulation.

2.0 Application for Funding

2.1 Any school district requesting an incentive or supplemental grant to provide intervention services shall apply for such funds using the LEA Consolidated Application process provided by the Department of Education.

2.12 Any incentive or supplemental grant approved as part of the LEA Consolidated Application process shall be in the amount appropriated for that purpose by law.

3.0 Student Population to be Served

Services funded under this regulation may be provided to any student in grades K to 12, subject to the terms of the district’s approved LEA Consolidated Application. Notwithstanding any of the provisions to the contrary, students with disabilities shall be served pursuant to the provisions in 14 DE Admin. Code 925.

4.0 School Based Intervention Programs

4.1 If a district, through its LEA Consolidated Application, provides a School Based Intervention Program as part of the services provided to disruptive students, such Program shall meet the following requirements:

4.12 A School Based Intervention Program shall include both short term and long term intervention strategies. Such strategies may include character education, short or long term counseling to improve behavior which impacts educational performance, and methods to identify the need to refer students for additional services either within the district or to other agencies. The Program shall also include support services to provide a smooth transition for students who are returning to their regular school from a Consortium Discipline Alternative Program or from a Department of Services to Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) setting.

4.23 The decision to place a student in the School Based Intervention Program shall be made by the student’s Intervention Team. The Intervention Team shall include the building principal or assistant principal, school nurse, counselor, social worker (if the student receives social work services), and a teacher familiar with the student. Other individuals, including parents, guardians or Relative Caregivers, may be invited as appropriate.

4.34 When placing a student with disabilities in a School Based Intervention Program, the Intervention Team and a student’s IEP team may be the same as long as the membership of the Intervention Team also meets the requirements of 14 DE Admin. Code 925 922 to 929.

5.0 Evaluation of Services

Any local school district receiving a grant pursuant to this regulation shall submit an annual evaluation report on the effectiveness of its District and School Based Intervention Services. Such report shall be submitted as part of the LEA Consolidated Application process and shall conform to content and format standards.

8 DE Reg. 1008 (1/1/05)

13 DE Reg. 570 (11/01/09) (Prop.)