The following terms are used throughout Public law 452 and have the following meanings.
- Academic programming waiver. "Academic programming waiver" means an agreement signed by the receiving and sending schools accepting the academic programming, credits and documentation of achievement of the standards completed by a student at the receiving school or educational program.
- Department of Education diploma. "Department of Education Diploma" means a standards-based diploma that meets state requirements as outlined in this chapter and chapter 222 for a student unable to obtain a local school diploma due to education disruption.
- Interim placement. "Interim placement" means a temporary assignment for a student who experiences education disruption to a program or school approved by the department.
- Learning results. "Learning results" means the system of learning results established pursuant to section 6209.
- Receiving school. "Receiving school" means the school or educational program that a student who experienced education disruption presently attends following an interim placement.
- School work recognition plan. "School work recognition plan" means a written plan initiated upon the interim placement of a student who experiences education disruption that outlines how the student will accomplish and demonstrate work for completion or credit to meet that student's goals for demonstrated achievement of learning results as an elementary or secondary student and any other diploma requirements applicable to secondary school students. The school work recognition plan for high school juniors and seniors 16 to 20 years of age must include a determination as to how and when the decision will be made as to whether the student has met the requirements for a local high school diploma or be recommended for a statewide review team meeting to discuss the Department of Education diploma. For those students who have not met local requirements, information must be provided to the student and to the parent or guardian of the student regarding the process to access the Department of Education diploma.
- Sending school. "Sending school" means the school in which a student who experienced education disruption was enrolled at the time of the disruption.
- Statewide review team. "Statewide review team" means a team designated by the commissioner to address any disputes by means of a review of the compiled evidence including transitional academic reports, school work recognition plans, academic programming waivers, credits, transfers, transcripts or acceptance of student work demonstrating achievement of learning results and any other diploma requirements applicable to secondary school students. The statewide review team shall use the evidence to make recommendations to the commissioner regarding the award of a Department of Education diploma to the student and to provide the sending school with a copy of the recommendations.
- Students who experience education disruption. "Students who experience education disruption" means elementary school and secondary school students who experience an interruption in their current educational program for 10 or more consecutive school days by being placed in a program or school approved by the department, which may be as a result of a situation such as homelessness, unplanned psychiatric hospitalization, unplanned hospitalization for a medical emergency, foster care placement, youth development center placement or some other out-of-district placement that is not otherwise authorized by either an individualized education plan or other education plan.
"Students who experience education disruption" does not include students who are out of school for 10 or more consecutive school days as a result of planned absences for a reason such as a family event or medical absences for planned hospitalization or recovery or pursuant to a superintendent's agreement developed in accordance with section 5205, subsection 2.