River Forest /Lake Station Alternative Program
Classroom and Program Guidelines
Although we have gone over many of the guidelines for this program with most of you at the intake, there are some rules and changes that we would like to reinforce again.
1. Attendance Policy:
As a student of the River Forest/Lake Station Second Opportunity Alternative Program, you are allowed 7 unexcused absences. This attendance policy follows what is stated in the River Forest High School student handbook, and due to the location of this program, alternative students must adhere to it. As a word to the wise, attendance is vital for success in the alternative program, and is something that greatly impacts the amount of work that is completed on a daily basis. The alternative program runs on a 3 hour schedule, so any day missed can contribute to the lack of progress. Consequences will be issued upon the 8th unexcused absence, and if a student reaches that point, be placed on a 3 strike contract. Students have 2 days to produce an excuse to the classroom teacher that will excuse a day of missed school. Excused absences are the following:
ü Doctor’s appointment accompanied by a note
ü College visit
ü Court appearance
ü Funeral of an immediate family member
ü Any other school approved activity
O Once placed on a contract for violating the River Forest/Lake Station Second Opportunity Alternative Program’s attendance policy, the following consequence will occur:
ü 9th unexcused absence- 1 day of in-school suspension
ü 10th unexcused absence- 1 day of out of school suspension
ü 11th unexcused absence- expulsion process begins
a. Absolutely no cell phones in class.
b. If you get caught using or checking a cell phone, the following consequences will be applied:
i. 1st offense- phone taken, referral written, you can pick up your phone after your session
ii. 2nd offense- phone taken, referral written, 1 day ISS, parent picks up phone.
iii. 3rd offense- phone taken, referral written, 1 day OSS, parent picks up phone.
iv. 4th offense- phone taken, referral written, more than 1 day OSS, parent picks up phone.
3. Testing policy:
a. All tests can only be taken two times, including practice tests.
4. No food or drinks at any time near the computers!!!!
5. No nonsense means no swearing or disrespect to staff, peers, or yourself.
a. Bathroom breaks are before school, break time, or after school only.