Alternative Education


    Department Overview:

    The Alternative Education Department oversees three Alternative Education Programs currently offered by the Fontana Unified School District, Independent Study, Home Hospital/Instruction, and the Alternative Learning Center.

    The Alternative Education Coordinator is also the 504 Administrative Designee for the Fontana Unified School District.  

    Short-term Independent Study Program:

    Independent Study is a program that allows each student in our district (according to FUSD Board Policy) one, 3 to 14-day situation of Independent Study per school year.  Each student/family may request a one-time situation that would allow a student to be away from school for a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 14 days for any reason.  The requirements for this program include acceptable attendance, grades, behavior and approval from the school administrator. 

    Home Hospital/Instruction Program:

    Home Hospital/Instruction is a program that is offered to a student who has a medical reason and an approved doctor’s note/reason for not being able to attend school.  A student on an IEP is eligible for Home Instruction if the IEP Team decides it is a proper placement according to the Offer of a Free and Appropriate Education. 

    Once a student is approved for Home Hospital, services will be provided for 1 hour per day.  Each student will be able to meet with a teacher at his/her home for support during the Home Hospital/Instruction duration.

    Home Hospital/Instruction services will continue as-long-as the doctor’s note prescribes or the IEP Team determines.

    Downloadable Online Home Hospital Application


    Home Hospital Application and Medical Document Upload Center

    Please follow the link below to submit your students Home Hospital Application and any supporting Medical Documentation. Just follow the steps listed on the form to upload required information.  


    504 Plans and Coordination:

    Each individual school site is the direct contact for any 504 concerns.  Initial Meetings and Annual Meetings are conducted at the school site to determine eligibility, review progress, hear parent/site concerns, and update/remove accommodations.

    Any concerns, complaints or requests for additional support, beyond the school site; are to be directed to the Coordinator of Alternative Education for support, discussion and review.

    504 Procedural Safeguards


    Long Term Online Instruction Options

    Fontana Unified is excited to now offer 2 online instruction options for students choosing to receive their educational instruction online rather than in-person for the 2021-2022 school year.  For information about this programs please Click the links below:

    Learn More about Virtual Learning Program (VLP)

    Learn More about ACCESS Program (Actively Creating Connections Ensuring Student Success)

    Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students

    The Governing Board recognizes that early marriage, pregnancy, or parenting and related responsibilities may impact a student’s education and increase the change of a student dropping out of school. The Board therefore desires to support married, pregnant, and parenting student to continue their education, attain strong academic and parenting skills, and promote the healthy development of their children.

    The district shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of the student’s actual or potential marital status, family status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or related recovery. (Education Code 230; 34 CFR 106.40)

    For school-related purposes, a student under the age of 18 years who enters into a valid marriage shall have all the rights and privileges of students who are 18 years old, even if the marriage has been dissolved. (Family Code 7002)

    Department Contacts:

    Alternative Education  (909) 357-5000, ext. 29577

    Lauri E. Martin, Director, ext. 29577

    Vacant, Coordinator, ext. 29086
    (909) 357-5000, ext. 29077
    Veronica Gonzalez, Intermediate Secretary
    (909) 357-5000, ext. 29077