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Effective: 7/14/1998
Revision: 12/10/2002
Reviewed: 12/10/2013


  1. Board Directive
    The Board supports work-based learning (WBL) programs for students. The Board recognizes responsibilities associated with placing students in work and community environments outside the school setting. The Board also recognizes that consistent practices throughout the six districts in the Wasatch Front South Consortium (Canyons, Granite, Jordan, Murray, Salt Lake City and Tooele School Districts) will encourage employers to participate in work-based learning experiences. Therefore, the Board supports:

    1. Clear and concise practices across all business, industry and community sites throughout the Wasatch Front;
    2. Uniform safety procedures across all work-based learning experiences;
    3. Consistency in WBL forms and procedures used in implementing work-based learning experiences; and
    4. Compliance with Utah Code §53A-29-102, Public or Private School Internships; R277-915, Work-Based Learning for Interns.

    The Board authorizes the Administration to develop and administer a policy for the work-based learning program in Jordan School District.

  2. Administrative Policy
    Jordan School District adopts the WBL forms and procedures found in the Wasatch Front South Consortium Work-Based Learning Manual, as well as the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. As required by law, procedures shall cover the following areas:
      1. Training for student interns, student intern supervisors, and cooperating employers regarding health hazards and safety procedures in the workplace;
      2. Standards and procedures for approval of off-campus work sites;
      3. Transportation options for students to and from the work sites;
      4. Appropriate supervision by employers at the work site;
      5. Adequate insurance coverage provided either by the student, the program, or the District;
      6. Appropriate supervision and evaluation of students by the District; and
      7. Appropriate involvement and approval by the parents of students in work-based intern programs.
    2. All work-based learning experiences shall be consistent with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Part 520, 29 CFR and Administrative Letter Rulings: Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (pp. 226 and 228, July 1996).

  • Effective: 12/13/1988
  • Revision: 9/22/2015

  1. Board Directive
    The Board of Education allows secondary students to be released from school during the regular school day for the purpose of attending classes in religious instruction.  The Board holds that this policy does not violate the Constitutional requirement for separation of church and state so long as the school system and the particular church providing the religious instruction during the released time remain separate and neither institution invades the domain of the other.  Released time for religious instruction is not to be confined to any one religion.  The Board delegates to the District Administration responsibility for implementing this policy in compliance with Utah law and in accordance with State and District policy.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration directs the Administrators of Schools to work with secondary school principals to implement a program which honors parental requests for student released time for religious instruction during the school day according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Students will be granted released time for religious instruction only upon the written request of their parents or legal guardian.
    2. Released time is limited to one (1) class period per day.
    3. Released time is not to be granted during times when it interferes with completion of the student's regular course of study or with classes required for graduation.
    4. School credit will not be awarded for released time classes.
    5. School personnel shall not monitor attendance, maintain records, or perform any other work related to released time classes.
    6. Records of released time class attendance, released time grades, marks or other released time information are not to be included on the student's school report card or other school records.
    7. Released time class instructors are not members of the school faculty nor are they to be included as faculty members or considered faculty members in any school functions.
    8. Public school teachers, administrators, or other officials may not request released time instructors to exercise functions or assume responsibilities for public school programs which commingle activities of the two institutions.
    9. School publications shall not publish articles, pictures, reports, or records related to released time class functions or activities.

  • Effective: 5/23/1978
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board of Education recognizes the importance of providing instruction to students who are confined to home or hospital.  The Board also recognizes the need to maintain contact between the school and the home during the time when these students are unable to attend school.  The Board, therefore, delegates to the Administration responsibility for developing policy for a Home and Hospital Instruction Program for students who are unable to attend school due to injury, illness or other extenuating circumstances.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration shall establish a program to provide instruction to convalescing students in grades one through twelve to alleviate concern over academic work/credit, to maintain the skills necessary for returning to the classroom, and to assure ongoing home/school contact during the term of the illness, injury, or extenuating circumstances.  The District provides opportunities for short-term services through the student’s boundary school as well as long-term services for those students who may need extended out-of-school services.   The Home and Hospital Program will be administered according to the following administrative policy provisions:

    1. Qualifications for Services
      1. The student lives within the boundaries of Jordan School District and is enrolled in a Jordan District school.
      2. The student is confined at home or in a hospital due to physical or emotional illness, injury, handicap, complications of pregnancy, or extenuating circumstances.
      3. The student has missed or expects to miss ten (10) or more consecutive days of school.
      4. The student's condition will allow 50 percent or less attendance during the school day.
      5. Home and Hospital Instruction is recommended by the student's physician, medical professional, licensed clinical social worker, licensed psychotherapist, or legally directed services, and is requested by the parent(s)/guardian(s).
    2. Providing Services
      1. The parent will need to notify the administrator at the student’s school to inform them of the need for Home and Hospital services.  The school administrator will initiate the required procedures to begin the Home and Hospital services .  All required documentation will be submitted to the District prior to teacher reimbursement.
      2. The student's physician, medical professional, licensed social worker, or licensed psychotherapist shall be asked to estimate the length of time that Home and Hospital Instruction services will be needed.  Minimum duration of services is two weeks and maximum service is nine weeks without additional follow-up with referring medical provider.
      3. Short-term services will be initiated at the school by the building administrator.  The Request for Home and Hospital Instruction form, the Short-term Services Disclosure Statement, and the Professional Statement of Needs form need to be submitted to the District with the time sheet for the first month and the Monthly Teaching Record.
      4. Long-term services require the Home and Hospital Teacher Specialist to meet with the family and complete all required documentation to be submitted to the District Office with the time sheet for the first month and the Monthly Teaching Record.
      5. Home and Hospital Instruction services shall be provided for pregnant girls only when extenuating circumstances make it inadvisable or impossible for the student to participate at their boundary school or in the teenage parent program offered through Valley High School.
      6. Home and Hospital Instruction services may be denied or discontinued if it appears that the services are worsening the student's condition, increasing or prolonging school phobia or anxiety, or otherwise having a harmful impact upon the student.
      7. In most cases, the duration of services shall be determined by the administrator after consultation with the medical professional requesting Home and Hospital services per the medical release form.
      8. If it appears that the program is being abused by the parent or student, the administrator will initiate a formal review with the program consultant for Student Intervention Services or the District Administrator administering the Home and Hospital Program.
      9. Students attending schools that are on a year-round calendar will be provided Home and Hospital services only during the weeks when their assigned track is in session.
      10. Secondary students in grades 9-12 requiring long-term services of Home and Hospital (nine weeks or more) will be transferred to Valley High School.  The Home and Hospital instruction will be provided in the home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) under the direction of the program consultant for Student Intervention Services.
      11. During the last two quarters of the school year, seniors who are on line for graduation and not involved in an extensive makeup program shall receive Home and Hospital services from their local school to enable the student to graduate from that school.
      12. Instruction for students who are expelled/suspended for drug and alcohol violations will be provided by the local school or Valley High School as specified in the District policies AS67— Discipline of Students  and AS90—Drugs and Alcohol.
      13. The District Appeals Committee may rule that some students will receive their education for a designated period of time through the Home and Hospital program as an alternative to their local school.  These services will be provided by either the local school or Valley High as directed by the Appeals Committee.
    3. Assignment of Teachers
      1. Short-term services:   Students shall be taught by teachers whenever possible, from the class and school in which they are enrolled.  When an appropriate teacher is not available, the administrator may arrange for a teacher from another school.
      2. School administrators shall make short-term Home and Hospital teaching assignments on the basis of teacher interest, availability, and curriculum qualifications.
        1. Teachers shall be reimbursed for providing Home and Hospital Instruction at their current hourly base rate.
        2. One half hour of preparation time is allowed for each two hours of actual instruction.
        3. Teachers shall receive a mileage reimbursement at the current district rate.  Mileage is based upon the distance from the school to the student's home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) and to the instructor’s home.  If visiting multiple students on the same trip, mileage shall also be paid for the distance between students’ homes/locations when necessary. Time required for travel is not part of the two-hour instruction time.
        4. Teachers  shall submit the required documentation accessed online, each month prior to being reimbursed for services.
        5. The administrators shall submit time sheets for Home and Hospital Instruction along with the designated copy of the Home and Hospital Teaching Record Form signed by the parent to the Curriculum Office
      3. Long-term teacher assignment will be determined by the District Administrator over Home and Hospital  to meet individual student needs.
    4. Instruction
      1. Home Instruction
        1. Instruction shall be provided at the student's home or other designated public location (e.g., library, police or fire station) after regular school hours for short-term services and during the school day or after regular school hours for long-term services.  Generally, one two-hour instruction session shall be provided per week.  With administrator  approval, two one-hour sessions may be provided if it is deemed in the best interest of the student.  (One-hour sessions are generally only used with elementary-age students.)
        2. A parent or other responsible adult must be present in the home during the instruction session.  If the parent or guardian fails to provide proper chaperonage, the instruction session shall be canceled.
        3. Textbooks shall be furnished by the school where the student is enrolled. When appropriate. additional coursework will be provided through the Curriculum Department..
      2. Hospital Instruction
        1. Jordan District shall provide teachers, textbooks, and instructional materials for students confined to approved non-accredited facilities.
        2. Students enrolled in Jordan District and later assigned to hospitals with accredited educational programs shall be serviced in one of two ways:
          1. Withdrawn from Jordan School District and transferred to the accredited institution which will provide teachers, textbooks and instructional materials.
          2. Assigned to Valley High (Home & Hospital) but serviced at the facility by an accredited institution under a contract with Jordan School District based upon a daily pro-rated amount of the WPU.  Teachers, textbooks, and instructional materials shall be provided by the institution under contract.
    5. Grades and Credit for School Attendance
      1. Students who are receiving Home and Hospital Instruction shall be counted as attending school.
      2. Secondary teachers must prepare assignment sheets for students in their classes who are receiving Home and Hospital Instruction.  Teachers are accountable to provide Utah State Core curriculum educational services. Substitute assignments will be provided if the regular class activities cannot be completed at home.  Upon consultation with the school administration, the teacher can give the student an "incomplete" for the course when it cannot be appropriately taught through Home and Hospital Instruction.  In this case, the District would provide an opportunity for the student to make up the missed credit through an alternative class or program.  Because of limited instructional time, the Home and Hospital Instruction Program is designed to help students maintain credit.
      3. Middle school and high school students who receive Home and Hospital Instruction for five weeks or more during any one quarter shall receive attendance credit and grades for work completed from the Home and Hospital instructors, and the Home and Hospital specialist, in collaboration with the content classroom teacher.  Grades shall be awarded by the Home and Hospital teacher and specialist in collaboration with the classroom content teacher.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that special consideration may need to be given to some students for grade placement.   The Board authorizes the Administration to implement policy regarding student retention and acceleration.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administration recognizes that schools should offer students opportunities for acquiring skills, and for cognitive, academic, social and emotional development.  Ideally, the needs of an individual student can be met by differentiated instruction while he/she remains with his/her own age peer group.  In extreme cases, student retention or acceleration may be considered..Decisions regarding student retention or acceleration should be made only after all the needs and abilities of the student have been assessed, reviewed by a school team and have been determined to meet the Retention or Acceleration Administrative Guidelines criteria as found in the Planning and Student Services Procedures Manual.

    1. The final decision at the school level to accelerate or retain a student is the responsibility of the evaluation team under the direction of a school administrator.
    2. In the event that agreement cannot be reached by the team, parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may request to have a District-level committee, formed by the Office of Compliance and Special Programs, to review the local school decision.
    3. The decision of retention or acceleration may be reviewed by the team at any time during the student’s educational experience.  Only in extreme cases should consideration be given to retaining a student beyond third grade.
    4. The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be notified of the right to appeal the decision of the District-level committee to the Board of Education.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    Every Jordan District student is entitled to be educated in an environment facilitated by qualified teachers, who implement evidence and research-based best practices in order to provide appropriate and productive learning opportunities, promote academic excellence, and encourage the development of college and career ready individuals and contributors to our society.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The accompanying administrative policy provisions shall be followed:

    1. Instructional principles
      1. Every student shall be considered a worthwhile, valuable individual.
      2. Every student shall be considered capable of learning which results in progress toward appropriate educational goals.
      3. Every student shall be treated with respect regardless of intellectual, physical, religious, ethnic, gender or socio/economic status.
      4. Every student shall be expected to perform at a level commen­surate with the student's ability, age, and rate of personal develop­ment.
      5. Every student shall be challenged to strive for the highest level of academic performance possible.
    2. Instructional environment
      1. Instructional programs shall be offered in an atmosphere that is conducive to physical and emotional health and safety.
      2. Instructional programs shall be offered in an environ­ment that promotes appropriate school conduct and encourages a cooperative approach to learning and the active participation of all students.
      3. Instruction shall be implemented to cultivate student interest and stimulate learning.
      4. Instruction shall include multiple strategies to address the needs of all learners and incorporate both large and small group interactions, interventions, and enrichment opportunities.
      5. Instruction shall take into account the mental, physical, emotional, social and cultural aspects of all students.
    3. Instructional content shall:
      1. Comply with state and federal requirements and implementation of Utah State Core Standards.
      2. Include training in basic skills and provide opportunities for students to learn to read, write, speak, calculate, and master other practical skills needed for success in the adult world.
      3. Provide a proper understanding of American history and government, which is essential to good citizenship (Utah Code Title 53A-13-101.4).
      4. Focus upon helping students learn to reason and acquire course-related knowledge, skill, and understanding.
      5. Provide opportunities for students to learn through direct personal experiences as well as through the exper­­iences of others.
      6. Provide opportunities for students to discover the world of nature and learn about and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of cultures and societies.
      7. Encourage lifelong learning by providing opportunities for students to learn how to study as well as provide exercises in critical thinking and problem solving.
      8. Incorporate the ideals of human liberty, equality, justice, and ethical principles.
      9. Promote the values of ethical character, individual responsibility, economic sufficiency, civic usefulness, and personal health and hygiene.
      10. Respond to emerging societal needs for developing productive, healthy, law-abiding citizens.
    4. Instructional responsibility
      1. Foster student progress, involvement, and coverage of appropriate content by providing instruction based upon current research findings in classroom management, instructional delivery, interaction with students, instructional planning, and professional development.
      2. Education is a shared responsibility.  Students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and other staff as necessary shall work cooperatively for the good of each student.
      3. Student growth and achievement shall be consistently monitored and communicated to parents through report cards, at parent/teacher conferences, and other occasions as necessary.
      4. Instructional quality shall be monitored through a variety of performance evaluations.  Curriculum guides and ongoing staff training shall be provided.
      5. Instructional delivery shall provide for the development of the personal, social, academic and vocational potentials of students.
      6. Teachers shall collaborate in Professional Learning Communities, and share resources and ideas as a way of improving instructional processes in order to sustain a focus on results, a focus on collaboration, and a focus on learning.

  • Effective: 8/27/1969
  • Revision: 9/8/2009
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2013

  1. Board Directive
    Recognizing the need for greater articulation between high schools and colleges and the development of special academic classes which will challenge college-bound students, the Board authorizes District participation in Advanced Placement Programs.  Advanced Placement classes shall be programmed in harmony with guidelines established by the Utah State Board of Education and The College Board.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The Administrators of Schools shall work with high school principals in the scheduling of Advanced Placement courses as needed.  The Administrators of Schools shall coordinate Advanced Placement activities with the program of the Utah State Office of Education and The College Board.

    1. Advanced Placement Programs shall be conducted to give students experience in developing research and independent study skills and the potential to earn college credit for work completed in high school.
    2. Requests for participation in College Board Staff Development and other Advanced Placement Programs shall be prepared by the principal and submitted to the Administrators of Schools for approval.  Instructional staff members (consultants and coordinators) shall be consulted as requests are reviewed.
    3. Advanced Placement classes shall be taught by qualified instructors.  Depending upon the specific subject, Advanced Placement classes may have a smaller teacher/pupil ratio than non-Advanced Placement classes.
    4. Adequate and appropriate instructional materials shall be provided by the school where the course is taught.
    5. Annual reports of student enrollments in Advanced Placement classes and student achievements in final examinations shall be prepared by the Administrators of Schools in conjunction with the Utah State Office of Education.
    6. End-of-year final Advanced Placement exams shall be scheduled and administered by The College Board in conjunction with high schools nationwide.  The scheduled test dates cannot be adjusted by local authority.
    7. Test administration fee schedules are set by The College Board and are not subject to local Board of Education fee schedules. Principals, at their discretion, may use Advance Placement funds to assist students in need to offset the costs of Advanced Placement exams.

  • Effective: 8/27/1960
  • Revision: 2/25/2014

  1. Board Directive
    A kindergarten program shall be maintained as a regular part of the elementary instructional program offered to the children living within the Jordan School District boundaries.  In the state of Utah, enrollment in a kindergarten program is not required and is the decision of the student’s parent(s)/guardian.  Compulsory education begins at age six as defined in Utah Code 53A-11-101.5.  The Board authorizes the Administration to develop policy and implement a kindergarten program in the District.
  2.  Administrative Policy
    1.  Kindergarten classes, taught by certified teachers, will be provided in all elementary schools in Jordan School District.
    2. Age Eligibility
      1. Eligible children shall be five (5) years of age before September 2 of any particular school year in accordance with Utah Code 53A-3-402(6) except as provided in Section 53A-1-1001.
      2. A birth certificate issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics shall be required of all children at the time of their entrance into kindergarten.  Exceptions, if any, must be approved by the administrator for the Planning and Student Services Department.
    3. Purposes
      The kindergarten program shall provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment in which each child will participate in:

      1. A school setting that helps clarify and develop relationships with other children and adults.
      2. Activities for learning and practicing essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and study skills to build a quality educational foundation.
      3. Large and small group instruction, learning centers with differentiated learning, and intervention and acceleration when appropriate.
      4. Opportunities to develop feelings of security and self-worth through recognized successes.
      5. Experiences that encourage accountability and increased independence for achieving academically and intellectually.
      6. A curriculum with clear instructional targets, based on Utah State Core Standards, with differentiated instruction rich in literacy, math, technology, art, music, dance/movement, physical education, science, and social studies.
    4. The fulfillment of the above purposes shall be accomplished through a variety of means. Jordan School District shall meet its responsibility in the following ways:
      1. It is preferred that kindergarten teachers employed by Jordan School District shall hold an Early Childhood (K-3) licenses; however, in certain circumstances an individual that holds a Utah Educator License with an Elementary (1-8) License Area of Concentration can earn an Early Childhood (K-3) License as determined by the Utah Office of Education.
      2. The Curriculum and Staff Development Department shall provide principals and teachers with district and school-based professional development to meet educational and instructional needs.
      3. Under the direction of the Administrator of Curriculum and Staff Development, with the assistance of committees, consultants who are experts in early childhood education, and others as needed, District guides shall be developed for implementing the Utah State Core Standards for kindergarten and for continuous improvement.
      4. The District shall provide teachers with materials, textbooks, and online resources as needed.
      5. The number of kindergarten classes provided at each location shall be based on projected enrollment following District FTE guidelines.