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Title 28

EDUCATION

Part LXXIX. Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic)―Louisiana Handbook for
Nonpublic School Administrators 1

Chapter 1. Operation and Administration 1

§101. General Authority 1

§103. School Administration 1

§105. Philosophy and Purposes of School 1

§107. School Approval 1

§115. Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten 2

§117. Instructional Time 2

§119. Written Policies 3

§121. Emergency Planning and Procedures 3

§123. Personnel 3

Chapter 3. Certification of Personnel 4

§301. Principal 4

§303. Instructional Staff 4

Chapter 5. Records and Reports 6

§501. General 6

§503. School Records 6

§505. Student Records 6

§507. Use of School Records 6

§509. Transfer of Student Records from Approved Schools 6

§511. Transfer of Student Records from Schools that are not State Approved 6

§513. Students Transferring from Home Study 7

§515. Students Transferring from Foreign Schools 7

§517. Textbook Records 7

§519. Health Records 7

§525. General 7

§527. Annual School Report 7

§529. Annual Financial and Statistical Report 7

§531. Reports of High School Credits 7

§533. Reporting Student Progress to Parents 7

§535. Other Reports 8

Chapter 7. Scheduling 8

§701. General 8

§707. Class Size and Ratio 8

Chapter 9. Student Services 8

§901. Attendance 8

§903. Entrance Requirements 9

§905. Age Requirements 9

Chapter 11. Health 9

§1101. Immunization 9

§1103. Diabetes Management and Treatment 9

Chapter 13. Preventive Programs 10

§1301. Substance Abuse 10

§1303. Abuse 10

§1305. Weapons 10

§1307. Search and Seizure 10

Chapter 15. Building Operation and Maintenance 10

§1501. Building and Maintenance 10

Chapter 17. Instructional Support 11

§1701. School Libraries/Media Centers 11

§1703. Elementary Libraries/Media Centers 11

Chapter 19. Support Services 11

§1901. Transportation 11

§1903. School Food Service 11

Chapter 21. Curriculum and Instruction 11

Subchapter A. General 11

§2101. Curriculum 11

§2102. Carnegie Credit and Credit Flexibility 11

Subchapter B. Elementary Program of Studies 12

§2103. Minimum Time Requirements 12

Subchapter C. Secondary Schools 12

§2107. Unit of Credit 12

§2108. Adding Electives to the Program of StudiesMiddle and Secondary 12

§2109. High School Graduation Requirements 12

§2111. State Diploma 16

§2115. Special Requirements 17

§2120. Credit Recovery 17

§2121. Advanced Placement Program 17

§2123. Service Credit 17

§2127. Approval of Career and Technical Education Experimental Programs 18

§2131. High School Credit for College Credit Courses (Applies to Student Attending College Part-Time) 18

§2135. Early College Admissions Policy (Applies Only to High School Students Attending College Full-Time) 18

Chapter 23. High School Program of Studies 19

§2301. General 19

§2303. General and Academic Course Offerings 19

§2305. Art 19

§2307. Computer Education 19

§2309. Dance 19

§2311. Driver Education 19

§2313. English 20

§2315. English as a Second Language (ESL) 20

§2317. Foreign Languages 20

§2319. Health and Physical Education 20

§2321. Journalism 21

§2323. Mathematics 21

§2324. Media Arts 21

§2325. Music 21

§2327. Reserve Officer Training 22

§2329. Science 22

§2331. Social Studies 22

§2333. Speech 22

§2335. Course Credit for Religious Studies 23

§2337. Theatre Arts 23

§2339. Course Credit for Private Piano and Studio Strings Lessons 23

Chapter 25. Career/Technical Education Course Offerings 23

§2501. Agricultural Education 23

§2503. Business Education 23

§2505. General Career and Technical Education 24

§2507. Health Science 24

§2508. Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Education 25

§2509. Family and Consumer Sciences Education 25

§2511. Technology Education 25

§2513. Marketing Education 25

§2515. Trade and Industrial Education 26

§2517. Credit for Career and Technical Education Courses 26

§2519. Secondary Students Attending a Private Cosmetology School 26

§2521. High School Credit for College Courses in Career/Technical Education (Applies to Students Attending College Part-Time) 27

§2523. Distance Learning 27

Chapter 27. Summer Schools 28

Subchapter A. Elementary Summer Schools 28

§2701. General 28

Subchapter B. Secondary Summer Schools 29

§2717. General 29

§2735. Instruction by Private Teachers 29

Chapter 29. Standards for Approval of Alternative Schools/Programs 29

§2901. Philosophy and Need for Alternative Schools/Programs 29

§2903. Approval of Alternative Schools/Programs 29

Chapter 30. Health and Safety Rules and Regulations for Approved


Non-Public School Three-Year-Old Programs 29

§3001. General Requirements 29

§3003. Policies and Procedures Related to Children 30

§3005. Children’s Records 30

§3007. Required Staff 30

§3009. Personnel Records 31

§3011. Required Staff Development and Training 31

§3013. Required Child/Staff Ratios 31

§3015. Food Service and Nutrition 31

§3017. Health Service to the Child 32

Chapter 33. Glossary 32

§3301. Abbreviations/Acronyms 32

§3303. Definitions 32


Title 28

EDUCATION

Part LXXIX. Bulletin 741 (Nonpublic)―Louisiana Handbook for
Nonpublic School Administrators


Chapter 1. Operation and Administration

§101. General Authority

A. The nonpublic school board or governing body shall pass a resolution establishing the nonpublic school and setting forth its goals and objectives.

B. Nonpublic schools are designed to meet the needs of a specific group of students. Each nonpublic school will evaluate itself on the basis of its stated goals and objectives.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6 (A)(10), (11), (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, R.S. 17:411.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2342 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3072 (December 2005).

§103. School Administration

A. The educational program shall be designed to implement the stated goals and objectives and shall be directly related to the unique educational requirements of its student body.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6 (A)(10), (11), (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, R.S. 17:411.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2342 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3073 (December 2005).

§105. Philosophy and Purposes of School

A. Each nonpublic school shall develop and maintain a written statement of its philosophy and/or mission statement and the major purposes to be served by its program. The statement shall reflect the individual character of the school and the characteristics and needs of the students it serves.

B. The statement of philosophy and/or mission statement shall be reviewed annually and shall be revised as necessary.

C. Written evidence that these requirements are being met shall be on file.

D. Copies of the philosophy and/or mission statement shall be furnished to all staff members and made available to interested persons on request.

E. Each school shall maintain on file the following:

1. written statement of philosophy and/or mission statement;

2. goals and objectives for the current year; and

3. plan for implementation of these goals and objectives.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6(A)(10), (11), and (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, and R.S. 44:411

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2342 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3073 (December 2005), LR 39:1438 (June 2013).

§107. School Approval

A. In order to benefit from state and federal funds, each approved school shall meet and maintain the following standards:

1. the school must have a state approval classification;

2. the school must be in compliance with Brumfield vs. Dodd; and

3. the school must be a nonprofit institutional day or residential school that provides elementary education, secondary education, or both.

B. This requirement applies to schools submitting an initial application for school approval and schools which are currently approved.

C. Each state-approved nonpublic school receiving state and/or federal funds shall permit all colleges, universities and branches of the military to have equal access to the schools for the purpose of recruitment.

D. When applying to the state Department of Education (LDE) for a classification category, all nonpublic schools seeking state approval shall include all grades/programs taught at the school.

E. Classification Categories. Schools shall be classified according to the following categories:

1. approved (A)―school meets all standards specified in standards for approval of nonpublic schools. There shall be two types of approved schools:

a. accredited approved schoolschool is:

i. currently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); or

ii. currently accredited by a member the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); and

iii. the school meets all other criteria established by this bulletin for Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approval;

iv. the LDE may also accept accreditation from other school accreditation agencies, but may require the submission of additional information from the school so as to ensure consistent quality;

b. non-accredited approved school—school is not currently accredited by SACS or a member of NAIS, but has met all criteria established by this bulletin for approval;

c. Louisiana Montessori accredited approved school—school meets the Louisiana Montessori Association’s accreditation requirements and all other approval criteria established by this bulletin for Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approval;

d. Louisiana Montessori provisionally accredited approved school—school is working toward meeting the Louisiana Montessori Association’s accreditation requirements and has met all other approval criteria established by this bulletin for Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) approval;

2. registered―school is not accredited by SACS or NAIS and has not met the criteria established by the department for approval, or does not wish to seek state approval.

F. Accredited schools shall be approved by BESE for the duration of such accreditation, up to five years. BESE approval shall be reviewed in the school year following the renewal of such accreditation. Each accredited, approved school shall annually demonstrate to the LDE that the school meets the health, safety, and welfare requirements as established in this bulletin. Additionally, each accredited, approved high school shall annually demonstrate to the LDE that it is providing an appropriate four year course of study.

G. The LDE shall conduct an annual review of non-accredited schools seeking approval, and shall recommend to BESE whether such approval should be granted. Any such LDE review may include site visits, and shall include a review of the following:

1. academic quality, including:

a. the school’s purpose and direction;

b. the school’s leadership;

c. the school’s instructional practices;

d. the school’s curriculum; and

2. student health, safety, and welfare, pursuant to the guidelines established in this bulletin.

H. The LDE shall submit to BESE a yearly report recommending the classification status of the nonpublic schools in accordance with the nonpublic school standards.

I. After the annual school reports are submitted by the state Department of Education (LDE) to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) for approval, all nonpublic schools seeking to change their classification category must submit their request to the BESE. BESE may, upon the recommendation of the department that standards have been met for the desired approval status, change the classification of a nonpublic school.

J. BESE may revoke any nonpublic school’s approval at any time if it determines that the health, safety, or welfare of students has been jeopardized.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6 (A)(10), (11), and (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, and R.S. 44:411.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2342 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3073 (December 2005), LR 36:2847 (December 2010), LR 37:2145 (July 2011), LR 39:306 (February 2013), LR 39:1438 (June 2013), LR 39:3070 (November 2013).

§115. Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten

A. The nonpublic school shall have the option of establishing a pre-kindergarten and/or kindergarten program on a half-day or full-day schedule.

B. The pre-kindergarten program shall be listed on the annual school report when operated as a developmental program within the total school program or when operated as a separate program.

C. The term pre-kindergarten includes developmental programs for children ages three through four, the minimum age being three by September 30 of the school year in which the student enters pre-kindergarten.

D. Pre-kindergarten programs may be operated as part of an approved elementary school program in conjunction with other grades or may be operated solely as an approved pre-kindergarten program. These approved programs are considered to be elementary schools.

E. Non-public schools are not required to offer pre-kindergarten programs nor are children required to attend these programs.

F. Any other program which operates in a school as a childcare program shall follow the day care standards as prescribed by the appropriate state agency and is not to be listed on the annual school report.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6(A)(10), (11), and (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, and R.S. 44:411.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2343 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3073 (December 2005), LR 36:2848 (December 2010), LR 38:1405 (June 2012), LR 39:1439 (June 2013).

§117. Instructional Time

A. Each school shall adopt a calendar that includes at least 175 days consisting of 330 minutes of instructional time. However, each nonpublic school may modify the total number of instructional minutes per day and instructional days per year, provided that 57,750 minutes of instructional time per year are met.

1. Instructional time shall include the scheduled time within the regular school day devoted to teaching courses outlined in the program of studies. Instructional time does not include such things as recess, lunch, change of class time, and parent-teacher conferences.

2. Each school may include in its calendar a provision for dismissal of senior students prior to the end of the school year. This provision is not to exceed 10 days of instructional time.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6(A)(10), (11), (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, R.S. 17:411.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2343 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3074 (December 2005), LR 39:1439 (June 2013).

§119. Written Policies

A. Each nonpublic school or system shall have written policies and/or regulations governing the general operation of the school.

B. Each nonpublic school or system shall have written policies and/or regulations to address harassment, bullying, and cyberbulling.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6(A)(10), (11), and (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, and R.S. 44:411.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2343 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3074 (December 2005), LR 38:1008 (April 2012), LR 39:1439 (June 2013).

§121. Emergency Planning and Procedures

A. Each school system and/or independent school shall have written plans and procedures that address the immediate response to emergency situations that may develop in the school.

1. Such plans and procedures shall, at a minimum:

a. address management and response in the event of a shooting or other violent incident on a school campus, school bus, or school-related activity; and

b. provide for a safe, secure, and orderly school that is conducive to learning for every student, teacher, and school employee.

2. All school employees shall receive training pertaining to the plan and procedures.

3. The plan and procedures shall be reviewed at least once annually.

4. Within the first 30 days of the school year, each school shall conduct a safety drill to rehearse the plan.

5. The plan shall be jointly developed with local law enforcement and emergency personnel.

6. The local law enforcement office and the fire chief whose office is in closest geographic proximity to the school shall have a copy of the plan.

B. To the extent that sufficient funds are available, each nonpublic school shall provide information regarding their facilities to their local parish office of emergency preparedness, which shall be uploaded to the virtual Louisiana system for inclusion in the system by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

1. The information shall include the following critical information:

a. building floor plans;

b. evacuation plans and other fire protection information relative to each building; and

c. any known hazards associated with the building.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6(A)(10), (11), (15), R.S. 17:7(6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, R.S. 17:411, R.S. 17:416.16, and R.S. 29:726.3.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2343 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3074 (December 2005), LR 40:766 (April 2014).

§123. Personnel

A. Each school shall request in writing that the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information (bureau) supply information to ascertain whether an applicant for employment or an employee, including any person employed as provided in Subsection C of this Section has been arrested for or convicted of, or pled nolo contendere to, any criminal offense.

1. The request must be on a form prepared by the bureau and signed by a responsible officer or official of the school making the request.

2. The request must include a statement signed by the person about whom the request is made which gives the person’s permission for such information to be released.

3. The request must include the person's fingerprints in a form acceptable to the bureau.

a. A person whose fingerprints have been submitted his or her fingerprints to the bureau may be temporarily hired pending the report from the bureau as to any convictions of, or pleas of nolo contendere to, by the person to a crime listed in R.S. 15: 1587.1(C), except 14:74.

B. No person who has been convicted of or has pled nolo contendere to a crime listed in R.S. 15:587.1(C) shall be hired by any elementary or secondary school as a teacher, substitute teacher, bus driver, substitute bus driver, janitor, or as a temporary, part-time, or permanent school employee of any kind unless approved in writing by a district judge of the parish and the parish district attorney or if employed on an emergency basis, unless approved in writing by either the superintendent of the school system or school leader.

1. This statement of approval shall be kept on file at all times by the school and shall be produced upon request to any law enforcement officer.

2. Not later than thirty days after its being placed on file by the school, the school principal shall submit a copy of the statement of approval to the state superintendent of education.

C. For purposes of this Section, any person employed to provide cafeteria, transportation, or janitorial or maintenance services by any person or entity that contracts with a school to provide such services shall be considered to be hired by a school system.

1. This Section shall not apply to any school which contracts with an entity providing any of these services to a school or school system when such school or school system determines that the employees of such contractor will have limited contact with students.

a. In determining whether such a contractor's employee will have limited contact with students, the nonpublic school or nonpublic school system shall consider the totality of the circumstances, including factors such as:

i. the length of time the contractor's employee will be on the school grounds;

ii. whether students will be in proximity with the site where the contractor's employee will be working; and

iii. whether the contractor's employee will be working by himself or with others.

b. If a school or school system has made this determination, it shall take appropriate steps to protect the safety of any students that may come in contact with such a contractor's employee.

D. A school shall dismiss any teacher or any other school employee if such teacher or other school employee is convicted of, or pled nolo contendere to, any crime listed in R.S. 15:L587.1(C), except R.S. 14:74.

1. Any school dismissing an employee pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection shall notify the state superintendent of education of the employee's dismissal not later than thirty days after such dismissal.

E. A school may reemploy a teacher or other school employee who has been convicted of, or pled nolo contendere to, a crime listed in R.S. 15: 587.1(C), except R.S. 14:74, only upon written approval of the district judge of the parish and the district attorney or upon written documentation from the court in which the conviction occurred stating that the conviction has been reversed, set aside, or vacated.

1. Any such statement of approval of the judge and the district attorney and any such written documentation from the court shall be kept on file at all times by the school and shall be produced upon request to any law enforcement officer.

2. Not later than 30 days after its being placed on file by the school, the school principal shall submit a copy of any such statement of approval or written documentation from the court to the state superintendent of education.

F. A teacher or any other school employee upon his final conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any criminal offense, excluding traffic offenses, shall report the fact of his conviction or plea to his employer within forty-eight hours of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere.

1. Any person who fails to report a conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of any criminal offense listed in the provisions of R.S. 15:587.1(C)(1) shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than six months, with or without hard labor, or both.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 17:6(A)(10), (11), and (15), R.S. 17:7 (6), R.S. 17:10, R.S. 17:15, R.S. 17:22(6), R.S. 17:391.1-391.10, R.S. 17:411, and R.S. 17:587.1.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 29:2344 (November 2003), amended LR 31:3074 (December 2005), LR 39:1439 (June 2013).

Chapter 3. Certification of Personnel

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