Alternative Education Program
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
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
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.
The Regional Alternative School Program is for students in grades 6 - 12. Students can earn credit towards graduation in accordance with state regulations.
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
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.
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:
an incident report to the parent and FAX a copy to the students’ home
school and division contact person, director of the program, and
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.
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.
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.
truant officer will contact the parents/guardians, as it is their
responsibility to ensure that his/her child reports to school nightly.
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;
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.
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:
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.
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.
BOYS AND GIRLS No sweatshirts or T-shirts/No headbands or caps/hat
No coats will be worn in class
No bookbags or backpacks allowed
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
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