Who may initiate exiting or withdrawing from the high ability program?
- The student, parent, or high ability teacher may initiate the procedure.
Steps for Exiting:
- Phone calls, parent-teacher conferences, and written communications regarding concerns should be used first to resolve any issues on the parent, student, or teacher's part.
- If after the above means of communication have been tried with no satisfactory result being accomplished, then a formal conference should be called. The high ability teacher, parent, student (if believed advisable by the teacher and/or parent), and building principal should attend this conference. If desired, the school's counselor or home-school advisor may be invited to attend the conference. At this conference, all issues should be examined and resolution sought.
- Interventions will be discussed and determined during the conference. The recommended intervention timeline is 1 grading period. The interventions will include:
- a targeted focus and instructional strategy(ies) for support
- established times to review data during the grading period
- Once the established timeline for interventions has concluded, the aforementioned group will reconvene to review the data and student progress. If, at this time, a decision is made to exit or withdraw the student from the program, the initiating party (parent or teacher) should complete the Exit Request form. The form should then be sent to Stephen Gardner, the district's high ability program coordinator.
- The district high ability coordinator will consult with those in attendance at the conference and has the option of convening another conference with the above participants. The district coordinator will then approve the withdrawal or recommend other options be explored.
- If either party (parents/student OR teacher) disagrees with the district coordinator's decision, the party may appeal the decision in writing to the assistant superintendents.