Before a student from a group home (or a similar facility) is enrolled in South Sanpete School District, an Intake Meeting shall be held to determine the best educational placement for the student. If possible, the following people should attend the Intake Meeting: the principal or designee of the school and/or a District representative, director or representative from the previous school or program, the student’s tracker, the student’s DCFS (Division of Child and Family Services) or JJS (Juvenile Justice System) representative, out-of-home caregivers, and others as deemed as appropriate.
At this Intake Meeting, the following criteria will be discussed and reviewed in determining whether or not to admit the student to a school in the District:
- Review and discuss the student’s placement file, past placements, evaluations, records, etc.
- Have there been any Safe and Drug Free Violations and/or other criminal violations? If so, what are they?
- Is the student “on schedule” to graduate?
- Has this student been receiving Special Education services? If so, what is his/her classification, when was the last IEP, and is there a copy of it?
- What progress has the student made educationally, behaviorally, and personally in regards to resolving his/her problems?
- What is the desire and intentions of the student?
- What are the concerns or opinion from the Director of the Group Home, YIC Program, or similar facility?
- What are the concerns or opinion from the Case Worker and/or Tracker?
- What are the concerns of the principal or staff of the District’s school?
Determination and Placement:
Once the Intake Meeting has taken place, the District/school administration shall determine whether or not to admit the student. In making this decision, the administration shall consider the following: the information presented, discussed, and reviewed at the Intake Meeting; the safety and welfare of the existing students within the school; the student’s educational, social, emotional and psychological needs and the school’s ability to meet them; the student’s historical information (where, what, when, how, who); and other pertinent and relevant items.
Once all of these factors have been thoroughly explored and evaluated by the administration, they may or may not admit the student as outlined below:
1. Decline Admission
Based upon the student’s information presented, discussed and evaluated at the Intake Meeting and other concerns, the administration may choose to not admit the student.
2. Approve Admission
If the student is granted admission, he may be placed into one of the following programs:
A. GED Prep Program
If the student is not on line to graduate, the student shall be admitted to the District’s GED Prep Program to make up credit deficiencies and/or work towards passing the GED. When a student is in this program, he/she will also be included and expected to comply with the requirements of the Regular School Program.
B. Regular School Program
If the student is placed in the Regular School Program on campus, he/she must be “on schedule” to graduate with his/her class. The student shall also be governed under the following requirements:
(1) The student will be enrolled as a probationary student. As a probationary student, the student will be issued a contract that outlines the expectations and guidelines that the student must meet in order to remain at the school. The student must perform well academically, behaviorally, socially, be “on schedule” to graduate, and comply with all school rules and policies. If the student fails to meet the expectations of the contract, he/she will be dropped from the regular school program or possibly considered for another educational placement;
(2) While at the school, the student shall be assigned an adult mentor to support the student during this transitional process. This mentor will serve as the student’s advocate, counselor, in-school support, academic advisor, etc., and will also meet with the student regularly; and
(3) The student’s tracker shall also visit the school regularly to monitor and assess the student’s academic standing, social progress, and behavior.
C. Off-Campus Program
On a temporary basis, the District may elect to provide an Off-Campus Program at the out-of-the-home caregiver’s residence. This may be an on-line program that would be set up and monitored by the school, or it may be a type of a homebound program available through the school. The continued placement and use of such a program would be contingent upon the progress of the student and the District’s ability to provide a meaningful educational experience.