FILE:  JBCBC

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS

 

 

The Plaquemines Parish School Board welcomes the participation in international student exchange programs.  Prior to approval of an exchange program by the School Board, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall review the program's qualifications to assure compliance with all state, federal, and School Board requirements.  Participation in any foreign exchange program shall be subject to the following:

 

AGENCY REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. Foreign exchange agencies must be registered with the Superintendent or his/her designee, must be listed by the Council for Standards on International Education Travel, and must be approved by the U.S. Department of State to qualify for J-1 visas.

  2. The contract used by the sponsoring agency between sponsor and student must be on file and approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

  3. The sponsoring agency must have a local representative who resides within 50 miles of Plaquemines Parish, and who is available to meet with school personnel, the student, and the host family.

 

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

 

  1. The exchange student must reside with a legal resident of Plaquemines Parish.

  2. The student must possess a J-1 visa.

  3. As of September 1 of the program year, the student must meet junior or senior placement status.

  4. The student must not have received a high school diploma or its equivalent from his/her home school.

  5. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above for the previous two (2) years of study.

  6. The student must exhibit sufficient knowledge of the English language to produce effective oral and written communication, to use instructional materials and textbooks printed in English, and to function in the regular education program without special services such as Special Education or English as a Second Language.  A letter of recommendation from an English/language teacher endorsing the student's proficiency in English must be included in the application materials.

  7. An official transcript from the student's home school must be sent to and received by the assigned Plaquemines Parish high school by August 1 of the student's attendance year in order to determine placement.

 

 

  1. By August 1 of the attending year, the student shall present the following documents to the attending school with a request to attend school in Plaquemines Parish:

 

 

SUSPENSION, REVOCATION, OR DISMISSAL

 

Exchange organizations, host families, and/or exchange students found in non-compliance with policies of the Plaquemines Parish School Board are subject to having their relationship with the district terminated.  Exchange students are subject to the same discipline policies to which regular students must adhere.

 

New policy:  June 6, 2016

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยง17:81

Standards for International Educational Travel Programs, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

Board minutes, 6-6-16

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board