13-27-3 Child excused if provided alternative instruction--Application--Investigation--Revocation-...
Child excused if provided alternative instruction--Application--Investigation--Revocation--Restrictions--Testing.
A child shall be excused from school attendance, pursuant to
§ 13-27-2, because the child is otherwise provided with alternative instruction for an equivalent
period of time, as in the public schools, in the basic skills of language arts and mathematics. The
parent or guardian of the child shall identify in the application the place where the child will be
instructed and any individual who will instruct the child. The individual is not required to be
certified. The secretary of the Department of Education may investigate and determine whether the
instruction is being provided. Failure to provide instruction is grounds for the school board, upon
thirty days' notice, to revoke the excuse from school attendance. The secretary of the Department of
Education may inspect the records of an alternative education program with fourteen days' written
notice if the secretary has probable cause to believe the program is not in compliance with this
section. The records to be inspected are limited to attendance and evidence showing academic
No individual may instruct more than twenty-two children. All instructions shall be given so as
to lead to a mastery of the English language. Children receiving alternative instruction who are in
grades four, eight, and eleven shall take a nationally standardized achievement test of the basic skills.
The test may be the test provided by the state and used in the public school district where the child
is instructed or another nationally standardized achievement test chosen by and provided at the
expense of the child's parent, guardian, or school giving alternative instruction. The test may be
monitored by the local school district where the child is instructed.
Source: SDC 1939, § 15.3202 (2): SL 1955, ch 41, ch 15, § 2; SL 1971, ch 116, § 2; SL 1975, ch
128, § 170; SL 1977, ch 130; SL 1981, ch 141, § 2; SL 1983, ch 131, § 2; SL 1992, ch 128, § 1; SL
1993, ch 136; SL 1996, ch 115; SL 2003, ch 91, § 2; SL 2003, ch 272 (Ex. Ord. 03-1), § 63; SL
2016, ch 89, § 1.