4121 - Work-Based Learning

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY                        
A. Authority:
Utah Code 53-A-29-102, Public or Private School Internships; 
R277-915, Work-­Based Learning for interns.
B. Purpose:
The Board supports work-based learning programs for all 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 within the district will encourage employers to participate in work-based learning experiences. Therefore the Board supports:
a. clear and consistent practices across all business, industry, and community sites throughout Piute County;
b. uniform safety procedures across all work- based learning experiences; c. consistency in forms and procedures used- in implementing work-based learning experiences.    
C. References:
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.
D. Procedures:
The Board adopts the forms and procedures found in the Piute District Policy Manual as required by law, procedures cover the following areas:
a.training for student interns, student intern supervisors, and cooperating employers regard health hazard and safety procedures in the workplace; 
b.standard and procedures for approval of off-campus work sites;
c.transportation options for students to and from the work site;
d.appropriate supervision and evaluation of students by the local education agency;
e.adequate insurance coverage provided either by the student, the program or the district;
f.appropriate involvement and approval by the student's parents in the work-based intern program.

Statement of Policy

A.    Board Philosophy
The Board supports work-based learning 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 district will encourage employers to participate in work-based learning experiences. Therefore, the Board supports:
a.clear and concise practices across all business, industry and community sites throughout Piute County;
b.uniform safety procedures across all work-based learning experiences;
c.consistency in forms and procedures used in implementing work-based learning experiences;
d.compliance with Utah Code 53-A-29-102, Public or Private School Internships; R277-915, Work-Based Learning for Interns
B.    Administration Policy
Piute School District has adopted the forms and procedures found in the District Manual, as well as the following guidelines:
Guidelines:
As required by law, procedures shall cover the following areas:
a.training of student interns, student intern supervisors, and cooperating employers regarding health hazard and safety procedure in the workplace; 
b.standards and procedures for approval of off- campus work sites;
c.transportation on options for students to and from the work site;
d.appropriate supervision by employers at the work site;
e.adequate insurance coverage provided either by the student, the program, or the district;    
f.appropriate supervision and evaluation of students by the district; 
g.appropriate involvement and approval by the parents of students in work-based intern programs.
C.    All work-based learning experiences shall be consistent with the provisions of the Fair Labor Stand Act, Part 520, 29 CFR and Administrative Letter Rulings: Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (pp.226 and 228, Ju1y1996)

Statement of Procedures
Work-based learning is an effort to make lifelong career development more meaningful and natural by linking the school site and the work site. In cooperation with students, parents, business, industry, and community, these experiences support: 1) real-world connections to academic and applied courses taught in the school setting, 2) preparation for the world of work, and 3) development of life skills needed for success at work, home, and community.

1. Work-Based Learning Guidelines

1.1     Work-based experiences may be provided through a cooperating employer in the public sector, private sector, through service learning or school-based enterprises.
1.2     Work-based learning may be paid or unpaid.  Unpaid experiences will follow guidelines outlines in the document, "Child Labor Requirements in Non-agricultural Occupations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, US Department of Labor, WH-1330, revised August 1990". According to the guidelines, an unpaid experience may not: 
1)displace a regular employee;
2)fill a vacancy that would normally be filled by a new hire;
3)be given exclusive duties that would normally be assigned to a regular            employee;
4)perform services that clearly bring profit to the business.
1.3    Adequate Insurance Coverage
(1)For paid work employment, accidents are covered by the employer's workman's compensation.
(2)For unpaid work experiences, injuries at the work site are covered by the local educational agency's workman's compensation as specified in Utah code 53A-29-101.
(3)Health insurance is the responsibility of the student/student's guardian.
1.4    Transportation Options
1)The student's parent or guardian has sole responsibility for approving student transportation to and from work-based learning experiences when district transportation is not provided.
2)School Bus Use:    It is the philosophy of Piute School District that school buses or commercial transportation should be used for activities involving student travel. Local school district buses are the preferred choice for student transportation.
3)Public transportation may be used for approved travel at the student's expense.
4)Use of private vehicles to transport students for special purposes and activities is permitted, but subject to the following limitations.
a.The activity to which the students are being transported must be approved by the principal and sponsored by the school or the district.
b.The driver must have a valid a driver's license and, inasmuch as the owner of the automobile is required by state law to provide liability insurance on the automobile, such coverage must be in force.
c.Parents of students being transported must have prior knowledge of and give consent to the mode of transportation. The Work-Based Learning Release Form must be completed prior to any activity in which a private car is used.
d.Every student being transported must have and must use a seat belt.
e.School/district personnel and volunteers should avoid transporting a student alone in a vehicle.
1.5     District Training Responsibility:    Each local district is responsible for ensuring training is provided to school supervisors, administrator, counselors, applied technology coordinators/teachers, employers and other individuals whose positions relate to work­-based learning experiences. Training must include:
(1)    Information regarding health hazards and safety procedures in the workplace;
(2)    Policy and procedures concerning work-based learning.
1.6    Credit:  Students participating in work-based learning experiences will be awarded credit based on the following:
(1)The student may earn.25 credit per term(.5credit per semester) for each period of school-based learning (classroom instruction) successfully completed.
(2)The student may earn .25 credit per term (.5 credit per semester) for each period of work-based learning (job shadowing, internship, 4121 cooperative work experience, or apprenticeship) successfully completed.
(3)In order to receive credit for either classroom or work-site assignments, the student must successfully complete all requirements for both school-based and work-based components. Specifically, if the student does not complete all related classroom work at a passing grade and all employer requirements (e.g., attendance, tasks, etc.), the students will be denied credit for both school-based and work-based components.
(4)Cooperative work experience credit is on a pass/fail basis. Work-based learning experiences (e.g., internships, clinical, apprenticeships) may be given letter grade credit. A joint grade must be determined by the employer and school-site supervisor.

2.1    Career Awareness

Career Awareness activities help students develop a general awareness of themselves, the world of work and its-connection to education. These activities can take place beginning in kindergarten and continue throughout the student's entire public school education.
Activities may include:
1)self-awareness activities
2)field trips
3)informational interviews with professionals
4)classroom speakers
5)(5)beginning job shadowing ("take your child to work" day) 
6)(6)community service
7)school-based enterprises

2.2    Career Exploration

Career Exploration activities help students research and learn about what people do for a living. These activities usually begin in the middle/junior high school years.
writing projects 
1)research projects
2)special projects 
3)job shadowing 
4)informational interviews 
5)ability, aptitude and interest assessment 
6)community service/volunteer work
7)pain and non-paid general work experience 
8)exploration of career cluster areas of emphasis 
9)school-based enterprises

2.3    Career Preparation

Career preparation activities integrate academic and technical skills learned in the classroom with work-based skills learned on the job. Emphasis is on building skills, understanding the concept of transferable skills, learning to work as a team member, establishing relationships, ethics and honesty and relating personal interests and abilities to real work career opportunities. These activities usually begin in late junior high or high school years. Activities may include:
1)paid and no-paid work experiences 
2)project-based/problem-based learning 
3)school-based enterprises
4)magnet sit school-based learning 
5)career seminars
6)job shadowing
7)cooperative work experiences 
8)internships (paid or unpaid) 
9)clinicals
10)mentoring and advising from adults in the workplace
11)selection by interested student of a career cluster
12)concurrent enrollment


APPROVAL OF COOPERATING EMPLOYERS AND OFF CAMPUS WORKSITE


2.4 Application

Application is the last stage in public education of the student's transition from school to work. During this stage, the student will prepare for the next step in his/her career development. School facilities, services and resources will support this transition whether it be continuing education, training, apprenticeship, or career. These activities usually occur in the 11 th and 12th grade. Activities may include:
1)cooperative work experience 
2)clinicals
3)internships (paid or unpaid) 
4)apprenticeships 
5)concurrent enrollment 
6)magnet site school-based learning
7)selection by interested students of an area of emphasis within a career cluster
8)school-based enterprises 
9)entrepreneur ship


3. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Piute School District is committed to a program that will actively engage parents and families in a partnership which supports the academic work and life-skill development of children at home and shared educational decision making at school. Piute School District will utilize the Student Educational Occupation Plan (SEOP) for students identified as disabled.


3.1    The SEOP and/or IEP (for students with disabilities) shall be used as an indicator of both student interest in, and eligibility for participation in work-based or service-based learning experiences. The SEOP/IEP will facilitate liking of student interests to meaningful work-based opportunities.


3.2    The parent/guardian will be an active part of the student's participation in work-­based learning experience by:

1)approving and supporting the student's participation in work-based learning experience; 
2)providing, arranging and/or approving transportation;
3)accepting responsibility and liability for the student as outlined in the work-site agreement: and
4)verifying student insurance coverage.


Employers, whether public or private, desiring to participate in the work-based learning programs must satisfy the following requirements and agree to abide by such requirements in writing before students can be assigned to an employers off-campus work site.

4.1 Accessibility:

The off-campus work site must be in compliance with relevant provisions in applicable state and federal laws.

4.2 Safety:

The off-campus work site must be in compliance with applicable safety codes, particularly those outlined in the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and the Utah Occupational Safety and Health Act (UOSHA). 

4.3 Hazardous Occupations:    

Employers may not allow minors to perform work that has been determined to be hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. The Secretary's Hazardous Occupation Orders (HOS) are published in 29 CFR 570. These HOS prohibit persons under the age of 18 from engaging in the 17 occupations and activities listed below that have been identified as hazardous unless the employer meets certain guidelines for an exemption. Exemptions are allowed in the occupations identified with an asterisk (*)below.
(1)    manufacturing and storing explosives;
(2)    motor-vehicle driving and outside helper; 
(3)    coal mining'
(4)    logging or saw milling;
(5)    using power-driven woodworking machines including saws;
(6)    exposure to radioactive substances;
(7)    operation of power-driven hoisting devices, including forklifts, cranes, and non-automatic elevators;
(8)    use of power-driven metal-forming, punching, and shearing machines;
(9)    mining, other than coal mining;
(10)    slaughtering, or meat-packing, processing, or rendering including the use of power-driven meat-slicers;
(11)    operation of power-driven bakery machines;
(12)    use of power-driven paper products machines including paper balers;
(13)    manufacturing of brick, tile, and kindred products;
(14)    use of power-driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears; 
(15)    wrecking, demolition, and ship-breaking operations; 
(16)    roofing operations;
(17)    excavation operations.


4.4    Requirements/Exemptions for Working in Hazardous Occupations:

Students 16 or 17, in vocational education programs, may be designated as a student learner or apprentice. Apprentices must be registered with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training or with a state apprenticeship council. Student-learners or apprentices may be employed in the seven hazardous occupations listed above with an asterisk(*) if a written agreement exists that meets the conditions listed in 29 CFR 570.50 (c). Under this regulation the agreement must provide. any work in a Hazardous occupation is incidental to training;
(1)work in the hazardous activity is intermittent and for short periods only and is under the direct supervision of a qualified person; 
(2)safety instruction; and
(3)a schedule of progressive work processes.


4.5    Supervision: The employer must provide appropriate supervision for all students
    on site at all times. 

4.6    Child Labor Laws: The employer must adhere to all applicable state and federal child labor laws.

4.7    Wage Laws: The employer must adhere to all applicable state and federal wage laws.

4.8    Discrimination: The employer must comply with all state and federal anti­discrimination laws prohibiting discrimination against students and other employees on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. Assignment of students to jobs, hours of employment, levels of responsibility and pay must abide by these laws.

4.9    Workers' Compensation: The employer must have worker's compensation insurance coverage as required by Utah State Law.

4.10    Criminal Background Checks: All officers and employees of a cooperating employer who have significant, unsupervised access to a student must undergo a criminal background check prior to working with the student. Background checks must be paid for by the district.

STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND INVVOLVEMENT IN WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS

5.1    Students must meet the following requirements for participation in a work-based learning off-campus program at a secondary level unless otherwise noted.

(1)maintain a high level of attendance and performance at both the school and work site;
(2)maintain a passing grade in the class(es) required for the work based experience;
attend meeting related to the work-based experience;
(3)complete required assignments and furnish necessary information, reports, and time sheets.
(4)consult the program coordinator, supervising teacher, and/or employer concerning problems at the work site.
(5)be at the work site according to the work-based learning experience agreement.
(6)show honesty, punctuality, a cooperative attitude, proper grooming and dress, and a willingness to learn;
(7)conform to the rules, regulations and safety standards of the training site;
(8)follow workplace policies and procedures regarding confidentiality;
(9)be properly insured;
DI.    inform parent(s) or guardian(s) of any changes in the work-based learning agreement.
SUPERVISION, TRAINING, AND EVALUATION BY EMPLOYERS

6.1    Supervision: All cooperating employers shall provide appropriate supervision for students working at an off-campus work site as part of their work-based learning experience. In the case of hazardous occupations, the employer or
organization shall provide "careful supervision," defined as "training safeguards and supervision reasonably necessary in light of an apprentice's current level of preparation and experience relative to a given task considered hazardous."

6.2    Training: The cooperating employer shall provide training, including safety, with varied experiences which will contribute to the education of the student.

6.3    Evaluation: The cooperating employer shall complete an evaluation, provided by coordinating school personnel, of the student on a regular basis. Evaluation must include:

1)sharing the evaluation with the student;
2)communicating with the work-based supervisor on an ongoing basis regarding student progress and/or problems
3)verifying attendance and performance of the student; and
4)working with school personnel in development of a training plan that supports ongoing student growth.

7.1    Supervision: The school-site supervisor will:

1)approve the cooperating employer and work site including verification of adherence to state and federal safety laws;
2)visit and assist the employer in establishing an appropriate training program;
3)serve as coordinator to all parties involved in the work based learning agreement;
4)ensure grades and credits are issued;
5)monitor completion of written work and forms;
6)conduct training-site visits and/or work-site contact.

7.2    Training: The school-site supervisor will:

1)coordinate related training;
2)verify that the student has received appropriate safety training. 

7.3    Evaluation: The school-site supervisor will:

1)coordinate with the employer on the evaluation of the student;
2)coordinate with the student to complete a self evaluation.

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