Alternate Learning Plan


From the Rhode Island Department of Education:

What is meant by an alternative-learning plan?

Alternative-learning plans are student specific programs developed by the student, the student’s parent or guardian, the school principal and the school counselor in the student’s resident school.  The plan should be designed to provide an alternative, age appropriate, rigorous and relevant educational program that provides continued work toward earning a high school diploma or its equivalent.

What are the steps in the process of getting an alternative-learning plan?

    1)  If it is determined, that despite appropriate supports and school-based interventions, a student is at high risk of dropping out of school, a student, the student’s parent or guardian or the principal in the school can initiate a conversation regarding the development of an alternative-learning plan. 

    1)  The student, parent or guardian, and school officials together must develop the plan.

    1)  The plan must include the description of the program in which the student will participate, the attendance requirements of the program, and the expected outcome of the program as described in the plan.

    1)  The parent or student must provide evidence, such as a signed document from the program provider, that the student is accepted into and has a place in the alternative program.

    1)  The student, parent or guardian and school officials must review and sign the plan.

    1)  The plan is then reviewed by the superintendent and, if approved, signed by the superintendent and a copy provided to the student and his or her parent/guardian.

    1)  The student is required to participate in the plan as described or be considered truant.

     The parent or guardian retains the right of an appeal regarding an unfavorable decision of the superintendent.