Regional Safe School
The Regional Safe School Program of Lake County serves disruptive students in grades 6 – 12 who have received multiple suspensions, are eligible for expulsion, or have been expelled from school in Lake County, Illinois. The students we serve often face long-term issues such as domestic violence, poverty, and drug and alcohol abuse, which influence their behavior in the classroom.
Our goal is to provide students with techniques to improve their decision-making skills that affect their:
· school, home, and community life
· school attendance and academic performance
· ability to transition successfully to a traditional school, work, or other positive environments
Students Served: Disruptive students who have received multiple suspensions, are eligible for expulsion, or have been expelled from school.
Grade Level: Sixth (6th) through twelfth (12th).
Program Goals: Provide students techniques to improve decision making skills related to school, home, and community; to improve student compliance with school/district discipline codes; to improve/maintain school attendance; to improve/maintain academic performance; to transfer successfully to home school/work/other alternative.
Alternative Education Plan (AEP): Developed by the district, the student, the parent, and the ROE Alternative Program staff prior to the student’s enrollment in the program. The AEP outlines the student’s requirements for successful completion of and exit from the program.
District Liaison: Districts will identify a district administrator to facilitate the referral, authorize credit/course of study plans and student transportation, assist in developing the AEP at enrollment and transfer to home school, and confirm all school records are updated and maintained by the district.
Curriculum: Learning activities will follow the student’s course of study as determined at the AEP conference. The student will be presented with a combination of traditional teacher-directed classes,
individualized instruction, and independent study through the use of technology delivered learning.
The technology learning program will be utilized only with our high school students to meet their
academic needs to recover academic credit. The high school student may receive instruction in
both required and elective classes/courses.
Support Services: Includes social skills instruction (i.e., conflict resolution, decision-making skills, problem-solving skills), baseline and random drug screens, goal development and implementation, and academic study skills and strategies. Students and parents are assisted with referrals to Lake County community service agencies as needed to assist with drug education/treatment programs, Gang Outreach Program of Lake County, and individual and/or family counseling.
Course Credit: Grades and credits from the Regional Safe School Program will be accepted towards promotion/graduation by the student’s home school district.
Class Size: Approximately ten (10) to fifteen (15) students per academic team.
Instruction Time: Attendance is Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Staff Time: Availability is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Transportation: Transportation arrangements will be made by the student’s home school district. The student will not be allowed to drive his/her own vehicle to school.
Program Review: 30-day reviews will be maintained and available for the purpose of confirming appropriateness of the AEP and program placement. This will take place at 30-day intervals to monitor student progress. The Regional Safe School Program staff will maintain regular contact with the parents/guardians and district liaison to assure the student’s optimal success.
Transition Plan: Identification of the student’s goals, activities, and time lines for a smooth transition to his/her home school, to work, or to another alternative. A conference will be scheduled with the parent(s)/guardian(s), home school district liaison, other support service representatives, and the
Regional Safe School Program staff to finalize the plan.