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1.0              PURPOSE

1.1              To implement State Board of Education rules which direct the Board of Education to implement a policy regarding work-based learning programs for interns.  The rule is authorized by Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board.

1.2              To provide direction to schools as they provide work-based learning programs and to establish criteria.


2.0              DEFINITION OF TERMS

2.1              “Careful Supervision” is defined as providing training safeguard and supervision.

2.2              “Cooperative education” means a structured method of instruction whereby students coordinate their high school studies with a job in a field related to their academic or occupational objective.  This is a paid experience.

2.3              “Internship” means situations where students work for an employer for a specified period of time to learn about a particular industry or occupation.  Workplace activities may include special projects, a sample of tasks from different jobs, or tasks from a single occupation.  Internships may or may not include financial compensation.

2.4              “Job shadowing” means an opportunity for a student to follow an employee at a firm for part(s) of one or more days to learn about a particular occupation or industry.  It is recommended for late middle and junior high students as part of career exploration activities.  It may be implemented in context with a particular course of study.  Normally, this is an unpaid experience.

2.5              “School-based enterprise” means businesses set up and run by supervised students learning to apply “practical” skills in the production of goods or services for sale or use by others.

2.6              “Service-based learning” means a method of instruction which combines community service with a structured school-based opportunity emphasizing the connections between service experiences and academic learning.

2.7              “Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP)” means a primary strategy for recognizing student accomplishments and strengths and for planning, monitoring, and managing educational and career development in grades 7-12.  This is achieved through an on-going partnership involving students, parents, school counselors, and other school personnel.

2.8              “Worksite” or “Workplace” means the actual location where employment occurs for particular occupation(s), or an environment that simulates all aspects/elements of that employment, for instance school-based enterprises.

2.9              “Work-based learning” means activities that involve actual work experience or connect classroom learning to work.


3.0              POLICY

Under the direction of the Superintendent, school principals are authorized to administer this policy in their respective schools.  This document will focus on the work-based learning component of School-to-Careers to further define and outline approved procedures.  Work-based learning opportunities include, but may not be limited to:  Job Shadowing, Internship, Cooperative Education, Service-based Learning, and School-based Enterprise.

3.1              Student Eligibility

3.1.1        A Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) and Student application will be used as a qualifying indicator for students to participate in a work-based learning experience.  The SEOP will indicate student interest in a specific field of study which will be matched with cooperating employers to provide worksite experience for students.

3.1.2        The following documents must be completed and on file at the school:


Student Application

Training Agreement between student, parent, employer and education agency

Work Site Assessment/Evaluation

Student Work Record

Student Evaluation

3.2              Training for students, student supervisors, and cooperating employers regarding health hazards and safety procedures in the workplace.

3.2.1        Students will be informed of safety and health hazards in the workplace prior to the student leaving the school.  Students will not be placed in training sites, except under “careful supervision”.

3.2.2        Employers will assure a safe work environment and will discuss all safety issues or concerns with the education supervisor during a review of the worksite prior to the student work-based learning experience.

3.3              Standards and procedures for approval of off-campus work sites.

3.3.1        Worksite experiences may be provided through a cooperating employer in the public sector, private sector, through service learning or school-based enterprises.

3.3.2        Work-based learning may be paid or unpaid.  Unpaid experience will follow guidelines outline document, “Child Labor Requirements in Nonagricultural Occupations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, US Department of Labor, WH-1330, revised August 1990.”

3.3.3        Employers will assume responsibility for meaningful training.

3.4              Transportation

3.4.1        The determination of the method of transporting students to and from the worksite is the parent’s responsibility.

3.5              Supervision by employers at the worksite.  The Cooperating Employer/Supervisor will:

3.5.1        Provide “careful supervision” at the worksite for student training.

3.5.2        Assume responsibility for meaningful training.

3.5.3        Communicate on a regular basis with the education supervisor.

3.5.4        Consult the program coordinator/teacher regarding problems related to the work experience, and contact promptly before considering suspension, transfer, or termination.

3.5.5        Record attendance and performance of the student trainer.

3.5.6        Meet with school personnel to provide evaluation of trainee’s work.

3.5.7        Conform to State and Federal labor Laws.

3.5.8        Have Worker’s Compensation under which trainee is covered (if paid experience).

3.6              Insurance Coverage

3.6.1        For paid work employment, health and accident coverage is covered by the employer’s worker’s compensation.

3.6.2        For unpaid work experience, health and accident coverage is covered by the local educational agencies’ worker’s compensation as specified in SB28.

3.7              Appropriate supervision and evaluation of the student by the local education agency.  The education supervisor will:

3.7.1        Approve the cooperating employer worksite and training.

3.7.2        Inform the students of safety and health hazards in the workplace prior to the student leaving the school.

3.7.3        Assure “careful supervision” of the student at the training site.

3.7.4        Coordinate with the employer on student training and evaluation.

3.8              Appropriate involvement and approval by the student’s parents in the work-based learning program.  The parent/guardian will:

3.8.1        Partner with the school, school counselor, school personnel, student by participating in the SEOP process.

3.8.2        Support the student’s participation in the work-based learning program.

3.8.3        Determine the method of transporting student to and from the worksite.