DAR File No. 40795

This rule was published in the October 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Education, Administration

Rule R277-715

Out-of-School Time Program Standards

Notice of Proposed Rule

(New Rule)

DAR File No.: 40795
Filed: 09/15/2016 05:27:38 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

Rule R277-715 is established in response to S.B. 125 from the 2016 General Session, which requires the Board to make rules that describe the standards for high quality programs operating outside of the regular school day.

Summary of the rule or change:

This new Rule R277-715 provides terms, standards, procedures, and requirements for high-quality out-of-school time programs offered by a school district, charter school, private provider (including a non-profit provider), or municipality.

Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Art X, Sec 3
  • Section 53A-15-107
  • Section 53A-1-401

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

This new Rule R277-715 provides standards and procedures for high-quality out-of-school time programs, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to the state budget.

local governments:

This new Rule R277-715 provides standards and procedures for high-quality out-of-school time programs, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to local government.

small businesses:

This new Rule R277-715 provides standards and procedures for high-quality out-of-school time programs, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to small businesses.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

This new Rule R277-715 provides standards and procedures for high-quality out-of-school time programs, which likely will not result in a cost or savings to persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

This new Rule R277-715 provides standards and procedures for high-quality out-of-school time programs, which likely will not result in any compliance costs for affected persons.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

To the best of my knowledge, there should be no fiscal impact on businesses as a result of the amendments to this rule.

Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:

Education
Administration
250 E 500 S
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111-3272

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Angela Stallings at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7656, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at angie.stallings@schools.utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

10/31/2016

This rule may become effective on:

11/07/2016

Authorized by:

Angela Stallings, Associate Superintendent, Policy and Communication

RULE TEXT

R277. Education, Administration.

R277-715. Out-of-School Time Program Standards.

R277-715-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;

(b) Section 53A-1-401, which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law; and

(c) Section 53A-15-107, which requires the Board to adopt rules to set standards for high quality out-of-school time programs.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to set standards for high quality out-of-school time programs, and establish the programs required to adopt those standards.

 

R277-715-2. Definitions.

(1) "Assessment tool" means the Utah After-school Program Quality Assessment and Improvement Tool developed by a statewide multi-agency stakeholder group, and administered by the Utah After-school Network.

(2) "Out-of-school time" means time that a student at a participating program is engaged in a learning environment that is not during regular school hours, including before school, after school, and during the summer.

(3) "Participating program" means a program that receives funds from the Board or from the Department of Workforce Services to support the program's out-of-school time programming.

 

R277-715-3. Requirements and Standards for High Quality Out-of-School Time Programs.

(1) A participating program shall:

(a) use the assessment tool to determine the extent to which the program is meeting the standards described in this Section;

(b) ensure that it is working toward achieving the standards described in this Section; and

(c) collect and submit student attendance data to the Superintendent in a format prescribed by the Superintendent.

(2) The Superintendent shall provide for a flag in a student's data file to indicate the student's attendance in a participating program.

(3) The safety standard includes the following components in order to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for all participants, including that:

(a) staff are professionally qualified to work with program participants;

(b) policies and procedures are established and implemented to ensure the health and safety of all program participants;

(c) program participants are carefully supervised to maintain safety;

(d) a transportation policy is established and communicated to staff and families of participants; and

(e) a consistent and responsive behavior management plan is established and implemented.

(4) The relationships standard includes the following components in order to develop and maintain positive relationships among staff, participants, families, schools, and communities, including that:

(a) staff and participants know, respect, and support each other;

(b) the program communicates and collaborates with the school and the community; and

(c) the program fosters family involvement to support program goals.

(5) The skills standard includes the following components in order to encourage participants to learn new skills, including that:

(a) participants are actively engaged in learning activities that promote critical thinking, creative thinking, and that build on the individual's interests and strengths;

(b) the program aligns academic support and interventions to the school-day curricula to address student learning needs; and

(c) the program offers a variety of life skill activities and needs-based support to promote leadership skills, personal growth, and responsible behaviors toward self and others.

(6) The administration standard includes the following components in order to ensure that the program is effectively administered, including that the program:

(a) has established a plan for increasing capacity, ensuring program quality, and promoting sustainability, including sound fiscal management;

(b) establishes and consistently implements clearly-defined policies and procedures;

(c) recruits, hires, and trains diverse and qualified staff members who value and nurture all participants; and

(d) provides professional development and training opportunities to enhance staff job performance.

 

KEY: out-of-school time, programs, standards, students

Date of Enactment of Last Substantive Amendment: 2016

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-401; 53A-15-107


Additional Information

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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Angela Stallings at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7656, by FAX at 801-538-7768, or by Internet E-mail at angie.stallings@schools.utah.gov.  For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.