4 AAC 06.055. Immunizations required

(a) Before entry in a state public school district or nonpublic school offering pre-elementary education through the 12th grade, or any combination of these grades, a child shall be immunized against

(1) diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rubella, except rubella is not required in children 12 years of age or older; and

(2) beginning July 1, 2009, varicella.

(b) This section does not apply if the child

(1) has a valid immunization certificate consisting of

(A) a statement by a physician listing the date that each required immunization was given; or

(B) a copy of a clinic or health center record listing the date that each required immunization was given;

(2) has a statement signed by a doctor of medicine (M.D.), doctor of osteopathy (D.O.), physician assistant, or advanced nurse practitioner licensed to practice in this state, stating that immunizations would, in that individual's professional opinion, be injurious to the health of the child or members of the child's family or household; or

(3) has an affidavit signed by his parent or guardian affirming that immunization conflicts with the tenets and practices of the church or religious denomination of which the applicant is a member.

(c) A student registering in a school in a community where regular medical services are not available on at least a weekly basis and who does not have the required immunizations, may be provisionally admitted to a pre-elementary, elementary, or secondary program for a reasonable period of time for the prevailing circumstances but not exceeding 90 days after enrollment. No children will be provisionally admitted except in exceptional circumstances. Where exceptions are granted, they shall be reported to and discussed with the epidemiology section of the division of public health, Department of Health and Social Services, who will then be responsible for determining that the required immunizations are completed during the provisional period.

(d) If a parent or guardian is unable to pay the cost of immunization, or immunization is not available in the district or community, immunization shall be provided by state or federal public health services.

(e) Immunizations shall be recorded on each pupil's permanent health record form.

(f) School districts shall initiate action to exclude from school any child to whom this section applies but who has not been immunized as required by this section.

(g) A homeless child or youth, within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. 11434a(2) (McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistance Act), revised as of January 8, 2002 and adopted by reference, who does not have a record of the required immunizations, may be provisionally enrolled in a public school program for a period of time not exceeding 30 days if a parent or legal guardian has signed a witnessed statement that the child has received the required immunizations and the child's immunization records are not immediately available. A district shall report each provisional enrollment under this subsection to the epidemiology section of the division of public health, Department of Health and Social Services. The division of public health, with the assistance of the district's homeless liaison, will be responsible for locating the required immunization records. If the immunization records are not located during the provisional period, or the records indicate that the child has not received the required immunizations, the child must be immunized as described in (a) and (b) of this section to continue being enrolled in the public school program. The division of public health, with the assistance of the district's homeless liaison, will be responsible for ensuring that the child receives the required immunizations.

History: Eff. 1/13/73, Register 44; am 8/28/77, Register 63; am 12/30/2000, Register 156; am 3/22/2008, Register 185

Authority: AS 14.07.020

AS 14.30.125

4 AAC 06.060. Suspension or denial of admission

(a) In a public school, the superintendent or principal may suspend a pupil under the provisions of AS 14.30.045 , and the pupil may be reinstated by the superintendent or principal or by the school board. A child who is diagnosed as having acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) does not have a condition which "will cause the attendance of the child to be inimical of the welfare of other pupils," within the meaning of AS 14.30.045 (4), unless the child has uncoverable oozing lesions or other symptoms, or displays behavior, such as biting, which in the opinion of a team made up of the child's physician, public health personnel, the child's parent or guardian, and school personnel associated with the child's educational placement, substantially increases the risk of transmission of HIV to other pupils.

(b) Expulsion or denial of admission of a pupil shall be only upon the action of the governing school board in a district school.

(c) A pupil suspended or expelled under this section may appeal to the district board.

History: In effect before 7/28/59; am 9/24/65, Register 20; am 9/6/66, Register 24; am 1/9/68, Register 26; am 5/10/78, Register 66; am 12/13/87, Register 104; am 3/30/95, Register 133

Authority: AS 14.07.060

AS 14.30.045

4 AAC 06.065. Challenging courses

(a) A district shall provide students in grades nine through 12 with the opportunity to challenge courses offered in mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, and world languages by demonstrating mastery of the course material. A district shall provide this opportunity at least twice annually. A district shall develop standards regarding the degree of mastery necessary to successfully challenge a course. The method of assessment used by a district must include a written assessment. A district shall develop a written policy regarding the grading or evaluation of successfully challenged courses. A district may charge a fee to cover the costs of development and administration of the assessment.

(b) Students who successfully challenge a course by demonstrating mastery receive full credit for the course.

History: Eff.12/26/2014, Register 212; am 9/18/2016, Register 219

Authority: AS 14.03.073

AS 14.07.020

AS 14.07.060

4 AAC 06.070. Elementary course of study


History: In effect before 7/28/59; am 5/30/71, Register 38; repealed 5/4/2000, Register 154

4 AAC 06.075. High school graduation requirements

(a) Each chief school administrator shall develop and submit to the district board for approval a plan consisting of district high school graduation requirements. The plan must require that, before graduation, a student must have earned at least 21 units of credit.

(b) Specific subject area units-of-credit requirements must be set out in each district plan and must require that, before graduation, a student must have completed at least the following:

(1) language arts - four units of credit;

(2) social studies - three units of credit;

(3) mathematics - two units of credit for students graduating from high school on or before June 30 2017, and three units of credit for students graduating from high school on or after July 1, 2017;

(4) science - two units of credit; and

(5) health/physical education - one unit of credit.

(c) Transfer students who have earned 13 units of credit while in attendance outside the district may, at the discretion of the district, be excused from the district subject area units-of-credit requirements.

(d) Beginning January 1, 2009, the three units of credit in social studies required under (b)(2) of this section must include one-half unit of credit in Alaska history or demonstration that the student meets the Alaska history performance standards. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to a student who

(1) transfers into an Alaska public school after the student's second year of high school; or

(2) has already successfully completed a high school state history course from another state.

(e) In this section, "unit of credit" means the credit that a student is awarded for achieving a passing grade in a course of study by meeting the content standards for a course of study as prescribed by a local school board.

History: Eff. 3/1/78, Register 65; am 6/16/84, Register 90; am 3/24/85, Register 93; am 2/11/89, Register 109; am 4/4/96, Register 138; am 8/21/2005, Register 175; am 10/16/2012, Register 204; am 3/6/2015, Register 213

Authority: AS 14.07.020

AS 14.07.060

4 AAC 06.076. Determination of school age