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Open Doors Youth Reengagement
A dropout reengagement system that provides education and services to older youth, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21.
Open Doors reengages disconnected youth through programs that:
- Encourage community partnerships
- Create multiple pathways for students to realize success
- Provide an on-ramp to post-secondary achievement through a performance based, individualized support model.
RCW 28A.175.100 directs OSPI to adopt rules to implement the provisions of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1418 (2010). OSPI has consulted with community colleges (SBCTC), dropout reengagement programs, school districts, ESD’s, and the Workforce Board, as well as, approved providers of online learning when making these rules. These rules are listed in Chapter 392-700 WAC.
The decisions to develop an Open Doors  youth reengagement program should be based on data informed processes that identify the youth who have disengaged, and explore common barriers and support needs for these students. Programs should be developed using the principles of best practice to target these barriers, and provide supports and alternative pathways to success. Partnerships with districts, colleges, and agencies should be formed where the activities of the partners mutually reinforce these established goals.
Check out the dates for upcoming workshops/presentations under the tab below
WALA is hosting its 43rd annual spring conference at Skamania Lodge March 1-3 and, for the first time, they are adding pre-conference sessions! Participants have the option of choosing one of three different pre-conference sessions at no additional charge. Pre-conference sessions include:
Social-Emotional Learning with Ron Hertel. Participants choosing this session should also plan to attend the follow-up session during the regular conference. Check the conference agenda for the date and time of the follow-up session.
Project-Based Learning with Educurious. Participants choosing this session will receive a free project-based learning module.
Youth Mental Health First Aid with ESD 112. Participants who fully complete this session in addition to a follow-up session during the regular conference agenda will receive certification and resource book. Please note you must complete both the pre-conference and the additional session in the regular conference agenda to receive the certification. Check the conference agenda for the date and time of the follow-up session.
These pre-conference sessions are a wonderful opportunity to expand your learning and professional development. We strongly encourage attending one of these sessions, as there is no additional cost above and beyond the regular conference registration fee.
If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please sign-up as soon as possible by contacting: Brad Sprague email@example.com, WALA Executive Director.
She is here to help guide your documentation requirements and best practices for your reengagement program. Contact her about:
- Documentation Compliance
- Agency Program Pre-Audits
- Guided Self-Studies
- Comprehensive Program Reviews
ALE and Reengagement Compliance Manager
Western Regional Reengagement Plus! Convening
For more information click on the "Workshops | Presentations" tab above.
School Code Type R:
For districts who do not currently have a school code assigned for Open Doors programming.
Program Qualification Codes:
Districts may add Open Doors pathways and partnerships. Each of these will need prior approval and the pathway will be issued a unique qualification code. Program approval documents must be submitted to Laurie Shannon, Laurie.Shannon@k12.wa.us
What is due
Program qualification code will be effective:
Program Approval Documents to OSPI
January 1 following approval
Program Approval Documents to OSPI
April 1 following approval
Program Approval Documents to OSPI
September 1 following approval
Step 1: The lead partner in a partnership or consortium, or the district or college that is directly operating the program submits the required program approval documentation shown below.
Step 2: OSPI may request revisions to the approval documentation to align with the intent of WAC 392-700
Step 3: OSPI sends notice to the district, college, or lead agency that the program is approved.
Step 4: The lead partner requests and receives a School Code for the program from Customer Support by the deadline above.
Step 5: The program may begin reporting enrollment following the date provided at approval.
Model agreements were developed by OSPI for use by districts and reengagement partners. One of these agreements and other support documents must be submitted to OSPI for review and approval before the district or college will be able to operate or contract for a reengagement program under WAC 392-700. Programs can contain multiple models or partnerships and may require multiple agreements to accommodate this.
Documentation required for program approval:
- The Letter of Intent is an agreement between the district
or direct funded college with OSPI that states that the district or college
agrees to the WAC requirements.
- The Scope of Work (Program or Interlocal) states that the
program partners and lead agency agree to the WAC.
- The Program Flow Chart describes actions including referral
process, assessment for placement, and student pathways or options.
- The Program Narrative describes the program/pathways
identified in the Program Flow Chart, the curriculums offered (e.g. vocational,
contracted services such as online curriculum providers, etc.) as well as case
- The Program Calendar identifies the number of program hours
available from September 1 through August 31.
- Contracted Service Agreements are required for some
instances where program components related to the WAC are being contracted by
another agency or provider that may not qualify into a partnership agreement.
Open Doors reengagement pathways are offered in the following school districts:
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Mary M Knight
Nine Mile Falls
Workshops | Presentations
2017 Alternative Accountability Policy Forum
November 15-17, 2017
For more information
+ August 27, 2015 Enrollment Reporting Training
Intended for new programs beginning in the 2015-16 school year and as a refresher for existing programs, this training will provide guidance on reporting monthly student enrollment based on WAC 392-700.
If you are interested in content from prior Open Doors Convenings from 2013, 2014, or 2015 please contact Laurie Shannon or Bonnie Zimmerman.
Enrollment | Data Collection
Reengagement / Open Doors (PPT)
Using best practices to move from Compliance to Excellence
IMPORTANT DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENT CHANGE:
Districts are required to report on the student outcomes achieved during each enrollment segment. For example, if a student is enrolled in Program A in September and Program B in March, outcome data is required for each period of time.
A suggested best practice is to run enrollment verification reports quarterly, share with programs and do secondary validation of the enrollment records.
Please refer to WAC 392-700 (Updated Aug. 16 2015) for specific rules regarding operation of an Open Doors Youth Reengagement program.
The Youth Reengagement application for Annual Reporting is now open for data entry in EDS. To obtain access to the application, please contact your
District Data Security Manager and request the "Youth Reengagement Basic User Role".
Enrollment Reporting Instructions: