In accordance with Education Code 310, Parental Exceptions, parents wishing to file a waiver requesting primary language instruction for their child must “be provided a full description of the educational materials to be used in the differential program choices and all the educational opportunities available to the child. Under such parental waiver conditions, children may be transferred to classes where they are taught English and other subjects through bilingual education techniques or other generally recognized educational methodologies permitted by law. Individual schools in which 20 students or more of a given grade level receive a waiver shall be required to offer such a class; otherwise, they must allow the students to transfer to a public school in which such a class is offered.”
Proposed Alternative Programs
Plan A – Board of Education approval would be required to institute plan A.
Should 20 parents at a particular grade level per site request primary language instruction, the program option would include:
- assignment of the 20 pupils to a BCLAD certified teacher supported by a paraprofessional
- provision of the primary language version of the district-adopted texts used in core curriculum instruction
- provision of the district-adopted English language development materials used for daily ELD instruction
- provision of supplemental resources as appropriate (computer software, realia, other materials)
- one period of English language development provided by a CLAD, CTEL or BCLAD certified teacher
- four periods of core curriculum provided by a BCLAD certified teacher supported by a bilingual paraprofessional in a self-contained setting or departmentalized setting (to be determined by the number of BCLAD teachers available at the site)
- provision of primary language versions of district-adopted texts, or primary texts which align to state and district standards
- provisions of supplemental resources as appropriate (computer software, realia, other materials)
Should the students’ primary language needs not be met by district certificated staff, students will be afforded the opportunity to avail themselves of an inter-district permit allowing them to transfer to a neighboring school district where primary language instruction is provided.