Belmont County Juvenile Court Alternative School-Learning Center

Alternative School and the Belmont County Learning Center

C-CAP Alternative School

This program is designed to further augment the schools' Assertive Discipline Plan. It is designed to replace out-of-school suspensions.

Goals

The Alternative School will keep the students from being at home during their suspension.

The Atlernative School will help support the school districts in combating non-compliance schools.

To help these students obtain a better understanding of their school problems.

To give an alternative to the traditional school setting.

School Guidelines:

1. Students suspended from school will be required to attend the C-CAP Alternative School for the period of their suspension.
2. If a Student is suspended three (3) times, the school will file an Unruly charge on the student and he/she will come before the judge.
3. The students home school will send their assignments which they will complete with the assistance of the Alternative School teacher. The teacher will send the completed homework back to the school and the student will receive a passing grade for his/her assignments.
4. Crossroads Counseling Service comes to the school once a week for a lectureon drugs and alcohol and will do assessments and referral for more individual counseling if necessary.
5. Community Mental Health Services come once every two (2) weeks and does evaluations on the students. They will make referalls also.
6. Students take part in a physical activity daily.

Belmont County Learning Center

Children who are not attending school regularly or who drop out can pose significant problems for educators, police officers, juvenile court judges, probation officers, and the public. These are also the individuals who are most likely to bring weapons to school. They are not in school and not in the labor force, they are at high risk of engaging in delinquent acts. Among the factors that contribute to youth ending up outside the mainstream include:

  • lack of motivation
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of personal and educational goals
  • teacher neglect and lack of respect for students
  • pressures related to family
  • difficulty coping with teen pregnancy, marriage or parenthood
  • lack of family support
  • involvement in the juvenile justice system
  • alcohol and other drug abuse
  • depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • insufficient collaboration

The Belmont County Learning Center was established to recognize and deal with these situations. One classroom concentrates on discipline, while another classroom focuses on dropout prevention, GED preparation, and completion of Virtual Learning requirements. These programs are funded through H.B. 282, The Alternative Education Grant and public school contributions.


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