Students requesting a partial schedule outside of school for credit-bearing academic study or for specialized training, medical accommodations, or mitigating circumstances need to complete the “Student Release from School Request” form with the student’s counselor and principal. The reduced schedule and enrollment percentage shall be reflected in Skyward. The form and a reduction chart can be found on the Student Services website, or under “Resources” in this manual.
A student may be released for one period each day (no form required) without reduced funding to the school, if the release is accounted for in the IEP/SEP/SEOP. For example, a student who is released to take seminary is in public school 7 of the 8 periods each day, IS counted in attendance for funding purposes as a full day. Seminary release time is included in the SEOP at registration. Additional guidelines are:
- During release time from school, students are not allowed on campus for any reason without prior administrative approval.
- Parent(s)/guardian(s) assume full responsibility for the student’s transportation and safety as they leave or return from their release time.
- The school is not responsible for any financial compensation for instruction or services provided to the student during release time; the student is required to pay full fees, if applicable.
- If the release time is for non-academic reasons, parent(s)/guardian(s) must agree to provide instruction in the curriculum and content areas that are missed when the student is released from school.
- Parent(s)/guardian(s) and student assume all responsibility for the student’s progress for completing courses taken at locations other than the regular school, particularly if the courses taken are for academic credit. The student and the parent(s)/guardian(s) are also responsible for reporting earned grades and credits to the school by submitting official school documents for recording on transcripts and tracking for graduation requirements.
- In order for credit to be granted, the release time schools must be accredited from AdvanceEd (advanc-ed.org) or another nationally accredited body recognized by the Utah State Office of Education. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible to ensure this occurs.
- Coordination and communication is expected between the home and school to ensure quality instruction when a student is on a release time program.
- Schools and parent(s)/guardian(s) need to determine if any IEP, SEP, or PCCR revisions need to be made to assure the student’s educational needs are met. The school is allowed to conduct evaluations or testing to monitor the progress of the student as they remain in the release time program.
- If a secondary student wishes to discontinue release time and return to a full day of school, they may do so only at the beginning of the next quarter.
- If concerns or problems become apparent regarding the progress and adjustment of the student in the program, it may be necessary to further evaluate, modify, or terminate the student’s release time program.