Alternative Education Program

Alternative Education Program

West Point Public Schools is a participant in The Regional Alternative School Program (RASP) which is established to provide an alternative learning environment for middle and high school students who have been suspended or who are having difficulty within the traditional academic environment. The mission of the program is to provide a suitable environment for the students to improve academically and to modify their behavior so that (whenever possible), they may return to a regular school. The goal of the program is to assist students to develop the academic and behavior management skills necessary to complete high school and to become gainfully employed and achieve their goals.
          The Regional Alternative School Program is established with the belief that all students can learn and conduct themselves appropriately in an educational environment. In addition, it is believed that student, parental, and community involvement is critical to the success of the program. Their input and feedback will be solicited at every opportunity.
          The RASP will devote its energies to helping students develop their communication, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. The program will create opportunities for students to experience success, practice appropriate behavior, assume personal responsibility for their actions, and take an active role in their education and social skill development.

HOURS OF OPERATION

          The Regional Alternative School Program will conduct classes from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on the campus of King William High School, Monday through Thursday evenings. Classes will not be conducted on observed school holidays. Classes end on the Thursday closest to the last regularly scheduled day of classes for the academic school year.

ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION

          The Regional Alternative School Program is for students in grades 6 - 12.  Students can earn credit towards graduation in accordance with state regulations.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

          Students will be graded each nine weeks in each subject area. Students will also be assessed each nine weeks in the area of attitude and behavior. Some assessment will be driven by their progress in meeting their individualized learning and behavior objectives contained in their Individualized Alternative Education Plan. Students and parents will have input into the development of the plan. Progress reports will be issued every three weeks.

STUDENT RETURN TO HOME SCHOOL

Students may return to their home school following a determination they that have fulfilled the terms of attending the Regional Alternative School Program. The site supervisor will notify the school division designee that the student will be returning.

VISITATION POLICY

          Students will not be allowed to receive visitors or bring visitors to school or on school grounds.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

          The program will follow the disciplinary procedures and policies as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct as promulgated by the King William and Gloucester County Boards of Education and any specific rules and regulations as specified by RASP.
If a student experiences discipline problems, the site will:
1.     Complete an incident report to the parent and FAX a copy to the students’ home school and division contact person, director of the program, and
2.     Conduct a conference with the student and parent in person as no student may be suspended or dismissed from the program without a parent/student/site supervisor conference. Also, the director of the program must be notified about the incident prior to the parent conference. The director may attend this conference, if necessary.
Continued discipline problems will be grounds for a recommendation for dismissal. If a dismissal is recommended, then the division designee must act upon that recommendation within ten (10) days of receipt of the recommendation from the site administrator and a hearing must be conducted with the parent and student.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURES

          Absenteeism may be the reason for failure to obtain academic credit if there is interference with the program’s ability to meet the educational and behavioral modification needs of the student. Compulsory school attendance laws will be rigorously enforced.
          According to Section 22.1-258 of the Code of Virginia, whenever any pupil fails to report to school on a regularly scheduled school day and no notification regarding the student’s absence has been received by school personnel, a reasonable effort to notify the parent or guardian by telephone shall be made by school personnel and a log will be kept of call attempts. To assist school personnel in implementing this policy, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Regional Alternative School if their child is going to be absent from school. In addition, the Regional Alternative School Program has implemented the following procedures:
1.     An attendance sheet will be sent to the participating schools nightly by fax or as agreed by each school division.
2.     Copies will be sent to designated personnel, Director of Student Services, or attendance secretary of each school, if requested.
3.     When a student continues to show “poor attendance” after his/her official enrollment, the participating schools will be notified.
4.     The designee of each school will notify the truant officer after efforts have been made in following the attendance policy.
5.     The truant officer will contact the parents/guardians, as it is their responsibility to ensure that his/her child reports to school nightly.
6.     The truant officer will judge the validity of the absence and report to designee and the Administrator of the Regional Alternative School Program the result of the visit.
7.     Further guidelines will be determined after an interview with the truant officer.

STUDENTS AND PARENTS AGREEMENT TO COMPLY WITH PROGRAM RULES AND REGULATIONS

         
Students and parents/guardians will be required by RASP to sign a contract stating that:
1.     they understand and support the expected academic performance of students while enrolled;
2.     they understand and support the expected behavior of students while enrolled;
they understand and support all rules and regulations and will abide by the strict dress code required;
3.     they understand and support the concept that students must attend school each day and follow the Attendance Policy and that they (parent/guardian) will be responsible for ensuring that the student is transported to and from the alternative school site unless the sending school division provides transportation.

DRESS CODE

Listed below are special requirements for proper clothing to be worn appropriately while a student is on school property. If an article is not described below, it is not acceptable as school attire at the Middle Peninsula Regional Alternative School Program:

BOYS

Shirts                   White dress shirt with a collar, buttons, from collar to bottom of shirt, long or short sleeves.
Pants                    Navy or black dress slacks (no denim or jeans).
                             Belt and pants must be worn at appropriate waistline.
Ties                      Regular or clip-on
Sweaters              Solid color cardigan (button-down front) or pullover, to be worn over appropriate shirt and tie.
Shoes                   Appropriate

GIRLS

Blouses                White short or long sleeve button-up blouse (cannot be sleeveless), must have a neck collar, no see-through material or blouses above the navel. Blouses must be buttoned appropriately.
Dress or Skirt       Knee length, navy or black (no denim or jeans), no slit above the knee
Slacks                   Navy or black dress slacks (no denim or jeans), must be worn at appropriate waistline
Sweaters              Solid color cardigan (button-down front) or pullover, to be worn over appropriate dress or blouse.
Shoes                   Appropriate
BOYS AND GIRLS          No sweatshirts or T-shirts/No headbands or caps/hat
                                      No shorts
                                      No coats will be worn in class
                                      No bookbags or backpacks allowed
                                      No boots
*A warning will be issued to the student for a dress code violation. Upon a second violation, a required parent/student/administrator conference must be held to discuss the violations and set future expectations and consequences.

TRANSPORTATION

          Parents are responsible for transportation of their children to this program unless and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for special education specifies otherwise.
For more information, contact Mrs. Rosalin Ball, Director of Special Education and Student Services, at 804-843-4368 ext. 204