CODE:IHAQ/JO

Logan City School District Policy and Procedures
WORK-BASED LEARNING

Purpose

  1. To implement Utah State Board of Education rules which direct the Logan City School District Board of Education to implement a policy regarding work-based learning program for secondary school students.
  2. To provide direction and establish criteria for schools as they provide work-based learning programs.

Definitions

  1. Careful supervision: providing training safeguards and workplace supervision
  2. Career Leadership: A structured method of instruction whereby students train with an employer for an occupation relative to their occupational interest, academic preparation, and career goal. An employer site mentor supervises the student intern in workplace activities. Activities may include learning a variety of skills related to different job stations/levels within an occupation, participation in a company special project, or learning advanced skills to a specific single occupation. The training student is referred to as a work-based learning intern.
  3. Job Shadowing: An opportunity for a student to follow an employee at a company for part(s) of one or more days to learn about a particular occupation or job assignment. It is recommended for high school students as part of career exploration activities. It may be implemented in context with a particular course of study. This is an unpaid experience and may generate work-based learning credit.
  4. Service-Based Learning: A method of instruction which combines community service with a structured school-based opportunity emphasizing the connections between service experiences and academic learning. A student participating in a service-based learning program is referred to as a service intern.
  5. Work-Based Learning: Activities that involve actual work experience or connect classroom learning to workplace learning.
  6. School-Based Enterprise: A business set up on a school site and run by supervised students. Students learn to apply “practical” skills in the production of goods and services for sale or use by others.
  7. Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP): A primary strategy for recognizing student accomplishments and strengths and for planning, monitoring, and managing education and career development in grades 7-12. This is achieved through an ongoing partnership involving students, parents, and school counselors.
  8. Worksite/Workplace: The actual location where employment/training occurs for a particular occupation(s), or an environment that simulates all aspects/elements of that employment, for instance school-based enterprises.
  9. Parent(s): The person(s) who has legal guardianship responsibilities for the student.

Guidelines and Procedures

Under the direction of the superintendent, school principals are authorized to administer this policy in their respective schools. This document focuses 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, Serviced-Based Learning, and School-Based Enterprise.

  1. Student Eligibility
    1. For work-based learning activities the Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) is used as a qualifying indicator for students to participate in a work-based learning experience. The SEOP indicates a student’s occupational interest and classroom preparation for a community site training experience in a selected career field. From the SEOP information, students are matched with cooperating employers; who provide at their business sites, career training experiences for the students. Eligible students participate on a “space available” basis.
    2. Prior to or concurrent with work-based learning, students are to receive instruction on pre-selected objectives derived from the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) report and/or from the Utah State Office of Education critical workplace skills curriculum.
  2. Student Records
    1. The following documents must be completed and on file at the school for students participating in work-based learning:
      • SEOP
      • Student Application
      • Training Agreement between student, parent(s), employer, and education institution
      • Student Job Activities Grid and Worksite Assessment/Evaluation
      • Student Work Record
      • Student Evaluation
      • Documentation of SCANS and/or critical workplace skills curricula
  3. Training for Students, Student Supervisors, and Cooperating Employers regarding Health Hazards and Safety Procedures in the workplace.
    1. Students are informed of safety and health hazards in the workplace prior to the student leaving the school.
    2. Students are not to be placed in training sites, except under “careful supervision,” and in accordance with the Federal Child Labor Laws.
    3. Employers assure a safe work environment and discuss all safety issues or concerns with the Work-Based Learning Coordinator during a review of the worksite and prior to the student’s work-based learning experience.
  4. Standards and Procedures for Approval of Off-Campus Worksites
    1. Worksite experiences may be provided through a cooperating employer in the public sector, private sector, through service learning, or school-based enterprises.
    2. Work-based learning may be paid or unpaid. Paid and unpaid experiences will follow guidelines outlined in the document, “Child Labor Requirement in Nonagricultural Occupations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, US Department of Labor, WH-1330, revised August 1990.”
    3. Adhering to the intent of the U.S. Department of Labor document, “Employment Relationship Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, WH Publication 1297, (Reprinted August 1985), an unpaid intern may not:
      1. displace a regular employee;
      2. fill a vacancy that a new hire would normally fill;
      3. be given exclusive duties to the disadvantage of regular employee that would normally be assigned those duties; nor
      4. perform services that clearly bring profit to the business.
    4. Employers will assume responsibility for meaningful training.
  5. Student Transportation
    1. Students participating in school organized career awareness field trips are transported by school district approved carriers.
    2. Students participating in work-based learning programs (except as noted above): the determination of the method of transporting students to and from the work site is the parents’ responsibility.
  6. Appropriate Supervision by Employers at the Worksite
    1. The cooperating employer/supervisor:
      1. provides “careful supervision” at the worksite for student training.
      2. assumes responsibility for meaningful training.
      3. communicates on a regular basis with the Work-Based Learning Coordinator.
      4. consults the Work-Based Learning Coordinator regarding problems related to the work experience: if immediate action is not critical, contacts the Work-Based Learning Coordinator before considering a student’s
        1. suspension from an assigned worksite; or
        2. transfers to another worksite; or
        3. termination.
      5. records attendance and performance of the trainee.
      6. meets with Work-Based Learning Coordinator to provide evaluation of trainees’ work.
      7. conforms to state and Federal Labor Laws.
      8. has workers’ compensation under which a paid trainee is covered.
  7. Insurance Coverage
    1. For paid work employment, work injuries, and occupation disease, insurance benefits are covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation.
    2. For unpaid work experiences, work injuries, and occupation disease, insurance benefits are covered by local educational agency’s workers’ compensation as specified by enacted state legislation.
    3. The determination of additional insurance coverage for the student is the parents’ responsibility.
  8. Appropriate Involvement and Approval by the Student’s Parents (s)in the Work-Based Learning Program.
    1. Parent(s):
      1. partner with the school, counselor, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, and student by participating in the SEOP process.
      2. support the student’s participation in the work-based learning program.
      3. determine the method of transporting students to and from the worksite.
      4. assume responsibility for the student’s released time from school.

Approved: August 12, 2003