Alternative Suspension Center
Why an Alternative Suspension Center?
Staunton City Schools recognizes that, when our youth are not in class, they are not gaining the academic and social skills they need to become successful, happy adults. The Alternative Suspension Center (ASC) is intended to provide access to class work and assessments so that students do not fall behind their classmates while they are suspended from attending class based on a violation of the Code of Conduct.
Opportunity to Restore
Staunton City Schools recognizes that mistakes are an inevitable part of life. What is essential is that we each learn from our mistakes, find alternate responses and repair any harm we may have caused by our actions. Students will be afforded the opportunity to reflect on what occurred, identify whom their actions may have harmed, and develop strategies to “make things right.” Successful participation in a restorative process may result in a reduction of suspension days and days of Poor School Standing. Our ultimate goal is to help students learn to be accountable for their actions and the impact their actions have on others. We also want students to understand that they can move forward from their mistakes.
How the Program Works
- The ASC is located in a classroom cottage behind Dixon Educational Center, 540-332-3934, and will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day with a 25-minute supervised lunch. Breakfast is also available.
- Transportation to and from the ASC is provided by the school system. Students assigned to the ASC ride the Genesis bus. Students may not drive themselves. If a parent/guardian wants to drive their child, drop off time will be 9 a.m. and dismissal at 2 p.m. A tardy arrival and/or leaving early will result in an additional assigned day.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the school system consistent with the manner in which the student participates in the breakfast and lunch programs at their home school.
- Students will either bring their class work with them to the ASC to complete during the day and/or appropriate class work will be sent by teachers to the ASC Coordinator in advance of the students’ arrival. Students will receive assistance with this work if needed, from the ASC Monitor. If a student has an IEP or 504 Plan, access to those services will be provided, consistent with their IEP or 504 Plan.
- If a student does not attend the ASC as assigned or is sent home because of additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct, he/she will be assigned an additional day at ASC. All ASC absences will be coded as “unexcused absences” and will be communicated to the student’s home school, unless a doctor’s note is provided. However, being sick does not “excuse” a day.
- Students are required, unless a restorative conference dictates something different, to serve the number of suspension days assigned by the building administrator.
- Students are expected to participate in all classroom activities.
- All students placed in ASC will receive approximately one hour a day of instruction on topics such as: resolving conflicts, study skills, expressing emotions productively, bullying prevention, and the principles of restorative justice. Successful participation in a restorative process may result in a reduction of days assigned to the ASC and/or a reduction in days of Poor School Standing.
- Students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a restorative justice process in order to address the harm done, to make amends to those that have been impacted by their behavior, and to make a plan to avoid the same behavior in the future.
- There will be no grade penalty assigned for any work completed while serving a suspension.