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AAA Level System

Newberry Alternative School (NAS) Level System is a school wide intervention system designed to assist and prepare students to return to their home school. In order to be recommended for return to their home school the student must attend NAS for the amount of time stipulated in their contract and must have accomplished the following:

Attendance - Shall be in accordance with Newberry district policy and the Newberry Alternative School AAA Policy. No unexcused absences for the week.

Attitude - Must meet requirements of their contract, no major discipline infractions and they must be on Level 3 of their contract. 

Academic Achievement - Students must satisfactorily complete the academic criteria for all assigned classes. Students must show an increase in academic skills in each class assigned while at NAS.

Criteria and Privileges for Level System:

Level 1: Students entering NAS will begin on level 1. They will stay on level 1 for the first three weeks at NAS. Students will progress to level 2 when they achieve at least 60 points. There are no privileges on level 1. 

Level 2: Students completing their initial three weeks at Level 1 and maintaining more than 60 points will move to level 2.  Level 2 students will be allowed level 2 privileges. Students on level 2 who drop below 60 points will be returned to level 1 for two weeks or until their points return to the specified rating of 60 or above. Students will remain at this level for three weeks. Level 2 students will progress to level 3 when they achieve at least 90 or more points based on the AAA system.

Level 3: Students who obtain at least 90 points will move to level 3. Level 3 students will be allowed to participate in the "open lunch" program, which allows them to be seated at the VIP tables. Students will remain at this level for at least three weeks, plus duration of contract, before transitioning back to their home school.

Students on level 3 who drop below 90 points will be returned to level 2 for two weeks or until their points reach the specified rating of 90 points or above.

Transition Meeting: Students who progress through each level and reach 90 points or more will qualify to schedule a transition meeting with their home school if contract says so. The members of the transition team will include a representative from the student's home school, a parent or guardian and a representative from NAS. Level 3 Students will be allowed all the privileges addressed above. Parents will be notified of their child's progress.

Semester 2

When Semester 2 starts all students will start over on Level 1 with 30 points no matter what level they were on or how many points they had previously.

The following are modifications to the level system:

Adjustment 1 . Parents will be notified when a student has been on Level 1 for 6 consecutive weeks and is not satisfactorily performing to the terms of his/her contract. At this point the student is in jeopardy of being recommended for alternative placement or expulsion if improvement is not made.

Adjustment 2. Parents will be notified when the student remains on Level 2 for 5 consecutive weeks and is not satisfactorily performing to the terms of his/her contract. Parent conferences will be scheduled at NAS to discuss the student's progress. The parent will be advised that continued lack of effort and progress will result in the student being recommended for alternative interventions.

Adjustment 3. Parents will be notified when the student fails to progress to Level 3 after 11 weeks, or returns to Level 1 for 2 weeks, the student will be recommended to the administration for violation of his/her terms of contract. Alternative interventions and or expulsion may be recommended.

Special Provision (Director): Removal from a level due to discipline referrals can be done at the Director's discretion. A modified discipline plan that addresses the removal of a student from a specified level will be created. This discipline plan will address alternative interventions to expulsion.

Criteria for Daily Point System:

The AAA System will be used as a weekly incentive and for the accumulation of points. The week begins on Fridays and ends on the following Thursdays.

Teachers will in-put their AAA information by 3:00 p.m. Thursdays. Teachers will rate the students based on the AAA scale.

AAA Weekly Points Grid

Up to 10 points per week can be earned or lost, (3 to 4 points per AAA area).  30 points are awarded for the signing of acknowledgement of the receipt of the NAS Handbook and consent to the responsibilities as outlined.

Student

Attendance

Attitude

Achievement

Total

Student A

3

3

4

10

Student B

3

-3

4

7

Student C

3

-3

-4

0 (-4)

 

 

 

 

 

The points for the week will be calculated to assist in the student's level determination.

Weekly Point totals

  Attendance 3 Points: No absences for the week. The secretary will keep an accurate record of absences.

Attitude 3 Points:

Good behavior, cooperates with teacher and other students in class, and conducts self in a manner as to not disrupt the teaching and learning environment.  No out of class referrals.

Achievement 4 Points:

NAS students must be continually making adequate progress in all classes to earn points for achievement. Students who are not engaged, do not turn in assignments, or complete homework, will be in jeopardy of not earning points per teacher.

STUDENT LOSS    OF POINTS

 

Fighting - loses all points

Leaving school grounds

            1st offense - loses 10 points

            2nd offense - loses all points

Cutting Class

            1st offense - loses 5 points

            2nd offense - loses 10 points

Damage to school property - loses 20 points

Missing teacher lunch detention - loses 5 points

Physically or verbally harassing students

            1st offense - loses 10 points

            2nd offense - loses all points

Sexual harassment/sexual offenses - loses all points

Theft - loses all points

Profanity directed at students

            1st offense - loses 5 points

            2nd or more offense - loses 5 points

Profanity directed at staff members

            1st offense - loses 20 points and returns to level 1

            2nd offense - loses all points

Forgery of an excuse or pass

            1st offense - loses of 5 points

            2nd offense - loses of 10 points

Student use of electronic devices, such as, but not limited to, Cell phones, iPods, radios, Gameboys, TV's, and laser pointers in school during school hours.

            1st offense - loses 5 points - keep device for parent pick up

            2nd offense - loses 10 points - keep device until end of the year

            3rd offense - loses 25 points - keep device until end of the year

Possession of any type of weapon - loses all points

Possession of any type of ammunition

            1st offense - loses 20 points

            2nd offense - loses all points

Use of any type of weapon - loses all points

Tobacco use - the use of and/or possession of tobacco products and smoking materials, including vapor, e-cigarettes, or lighters will be subject to discipline as specified below.  All district facilities are tobacco free at all times (this includes athletic and school sponsored events).

First Offense: One-day suspension. Principal or his/her designee will notify parents of rule infraction after first offense and advice parents of consequences of this policy.  Loses 10 points

Second Offense: Two day suspension - loses 20 points

Third Offense:   Five day suspension - loses all points

Fourth Offense:   Ten day suspension - loses all points

Fifth Offense:   Expulsion

Possession or use of any type of illegal, unauthorized, or counterfeit drugs - loses all points and stay at NAS for the year

Distribution of a controlled substance - loses all points

Possession or use of any type of fireworks - loses all points

Violation of district/school computer policy and guideline

            1st offense - loses 10 points

            2nd offense - loses 20 points

            3rd offense - loses 30 points

Violation of dress code

            1st offense - warning

            2nd offense - loss of points

            3rd offense - 1 day suspension

            4th or more offense - 2 or more day's suspension

Abuse of Emergency 911 Number - loses all points

Blatant disrespect or refusal to obey a teacher

            1st offense - loses 5 points

            2nd offense - loses 10 points

Behavior that contributes to or causes a school disruption - loses 20 points

Cheating

            1st offense - loses 5 points

            2nd offense - loses 10 points

            3rd offense - loses 20 points

            4th offense - loses all points

Being in an unauthorized area

            1st offense - loses 5 points

            2nd offense - loses 10 points

Disrupting Class

            1st offense - loses 5 points

            2nd offense - loses 10 points

Parent Conference:

From time to time, parents or legal guardians of students at the NAS will be asked to attend a conference with the staff at the school regarding student progress. The staff will attempt to accommodate the parent in regards to setting the time for a meeting.

School Calls to Parents:

The staff attempts to stay in close contact with the parents of our students and wants the student to know that they are working with the family to speed his/her return to their home school.  Parents are encouraged to help staff members with any information or suggestions that will benefit the child.