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April 28, 2006

To: The Administrator Addressed

Re: Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP)

A school district or charter school may modify their instructional calendar to provide a flexible year program to meet the educational needs of its students, including providing intensive instructional services. A flexible year program is for students who did not or are likely to not perform successfully on an assessment instrument administered under Section 39.023 or who would not otherwise be promoted to the next grade level.

In order to participate in the OFYP program, a district or charter school must provide at least 180 days of instruction to students who meet the eligibility criteria stated in Texas Education Code (TEC) 29.0621.

Please note that charter schools are required to submit an additional FSP calendar for the non at-risk students and may be required to modify the existing FSP calendar for the at-risk students. Additionally, charter schools will be required to submit an additional set of Six-Week Attendance Reports on the FSP system.

For the 2006-07 school year the deadline for requesting permission to participate in the Optional Flexible Year Program (OFYP) must be made at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the school year. Rules for the OFYP can be found at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/commissioner/adopted/0905/61-1017n-ltradopt.html .

If you have any questions about the program please contact Al Johnson at 512-463-9238 or al.johnson@tea.state.tx.us .

Sincerely,

Lisa Dawn-Fisher
School Finance

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