|(a) In accordance with the Texas Education Code, §28.025(b-9),
each school district or open-enrollment charter school may allow a
student to satisfy the fine arts credit required for graduation on
the foundation high school program by participating in a community-based
fine arts program not provided by the district or charter school in
which the student is enrolled.
(b) In accordance with local district policy, credit
may be earned through participation in the community-based fine arts
program only if the program meets each of the following requirements.
(1) The school district or charter school must apply
to the commissioner of education for approval of the community-based
fine arts program.
(2) The school district's board of trustees or charter
school's governing body must certify that the program provides instruction
in the essential knowledge and skills for fine arts as defined by
Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to High School).
(3) The school district or charter school must document
student completion of the approved activity.
(4) The program must be organized and monitored by
appropriately trained instructors.
(5) The fine arts program may be provided on or off
a school campus and outside the regular school day.
(6) Students may not be dismissed from any part of
the regular school day to participate in the community-based fine
(c) The school district or charter school shall require
that instructors of the community-based fine arts program provide
the school entity, at its request, the information necessary to obtain
the criminal history record information required for school personnel
in accordance with Chapter 153, Subchapter DD, of this title (relating
to Criminal History Record Information Review), if the community-based
program is offered on campus.