The Regional Safe Schools Program, or Safe School, is an alternative program that provides services to 5th - 12th grade students from public schools in St. Clair County. The Safe School operates under the guidelines of the Illinois State Board of Education as well as state and federal laws. At the high school level, the program serves only expulsion-eligible students. Students in the 5th - 8th grades may be considered for placement at the Safe School for a variety of reasons, including suspension/eligibility for suspension or expulsion.
The Safe School incorporates some practices not found in traditional public school settings. Other practices of the Safe School are similar to those found in public schools. The Safe School provides a traditional public school curriculum as well as a behavior management curriculum. The statewide program began serving Illinois students in 1997 and is based upon PA 89-383, which provided for a system of alternative education programs for disruptive students.
Every student is considered on a case-by-case basis. Students with a 504 Plan or IEP are considered, but please be aware that we have no special education services available. The special education student must able to work within our curriculum.
Students can only be referred by the home school. In late April or early May, schools should begin making decisions as to which students they are considering referring to the Safe School. When those decisions are made, we ask that referral forms be returned in early June. Decisions are made on prospective students in late July or early August. Referrals are accepted throughout the school year. Space is limited. For a referral form, click the following link: SAFE SCHOOL REFERRAL FORM
Using AutoSkills, a computer-based program used in our math and reading classes, students are pre-tested to determine skills in which they may be deficient. Students are then post-tested to measure improvement in each subject area. AutoSkills has shown to be an effective way to significantly improve reading and math skill levels.
Every effort is made to individualize the student's schedule to meet his/her needs and the requirements of the home school district. If at all possible, students are placed in the same courses determined by the home school. If a student enters during the semester, all attempts are made to continue his/her current course curriculum.
LENGTH OF ENROLLMENT
Enrollment at the Safe School is considered by semester. Students are normally placed at the Safe School for one semester. However, enrollments of two to three semesters will be considered if circumstances warrant.