To support individual learning styles through a variety of experiences building on strengths and using differentiated activities to enrich student learning.
TEACHING LEARNING CREATING, PLUS
What students show know:
The TLC+ points system is designed to assist in the process of building external accountability as the student progressively develops internal systems to regulate emotions and make appropriate decisions. The goal is that the student will slowly achieve internalization of the socially appropriate standards, which will assist the student in adapting to the demands of his or her various environments. It is to serve as a facet of the decision making process when considering least restrictive program plans for students. The purpose is to introduce and utilize objective data in an often subjective decision making process. The system was also developed to provide consistency among staff and students. It does not take the place of relationally based interventions.
The point sheet consists of each student’s I.E.P. behavior goals in addition to school wide expectations. Each period the student either met the goal or did not meet the goal. The total points that may be earned in one day is 100. Students with a weekly average of 80 or higher will be eligible for the field trips. The amount of TLC+ dollars a student receives for the student store is also based on his or her points, and returning point sheets with parent and/or guardian signature.
The system is designed so that the gradual fading of its use is a result not of the individual staff preference, but of consistently demonstrated adaptive behavior on the part of the student. All prompts should be designed to emphasize the positive desired behavior goal rather than extinguishing a negative behavior. It is not a system built to punish students for their maladaptive behaviors. The end goal is that the student be able to participate in the social environments of the classroom to his or her maximum potential.
Each student will meet with classroom staff at the end of each period to discuss the points the student has earned and to fill out the point sheet for that period. The student’s input is a crucial part of the discussion of points. This is a great time to discuss what the student did very well and where the student can improve.
Point sheets will be sent home daily for parents to review their child’s day. Point sheets need to be signed and returned the following day. You may also request point sheets be emailed. Staff holds weekly meetings to discuss each student and to determine any additional interventions that would be helpful.
If a point sheet is not returned, signed by the parent/guardian, the student’s point sheet will be reflected for the transition period. If the student does not return the point sheet two days in a row, the parent will be called and/or e-mailed. If the student continues to neglect bringing the point sheet, a meeting may be called, and the student may receive a behavior contract.
TLC+ Student Store
Based on each student’s behavior and participation (reflected on student point sheets), he or she earns TLC+ Bucks throughout the week. This TLC+ Bucks are used to purchase items at the student store. The elementary students use play money that they earn and spend. The middle and high school students use checkbooks. Their TLC+ Bucks are deposited into their check register. “TLC Bucks” can only be calculated if point sheets are returned with a signature from home.
Van rides are an area of lesser structure than school. Therefore, it is important that the school and home pay close attention to the van points, and to intervene appropriately. Positive van behavior is praised and negative behaviors have immediate consequences. In addition to points, the van driver may give Bus Conduct Reports to students for grossly negative or dangerous behavior.
General Van Rules
1. Students shall maintain proper behavior at all times. There shall be no talking above normal voice, profanity, throwing of objects, or horseplay.
2. Students must never approach a vehicle until it has come to a complete stop.
3. A student shall not be allowed to depart the vehicle other than at his or her regular van stop unless permission is first obtained from the Director. Such permission should be requested in writing by the student’s parent, guardian, or custodian.
4. Heavy, sharp, bulky, and/or other articles that may be hazardous in the event of an accident or an emergency stop shall not be transported in the passenger area of any school vehicle.
5. No animals are permitted in school vehicles without permission from the Director.
6. Students are required to remain correctly seated while the van is in motion.
7. Windows may be opened only with permission of the van driver. No student shall extend any part of his or her body, or other objects, beyond the window ledge on windows that are opened.
8. The van driver may assign seats at his or her discretion.
9. Riders are to assist in keeping the van free from litter. To help keep the vans clean, eating is not allowed in the vans.
10. Students shall never sit in the van driver’s seat, and students shall not tamper with any emergency doors, windows, or equipment unless emergency conditions exist.
(Positive van behavior will lead to increased privileges.)
The following are considered health and safety hazards that may lead to suspension or expulsion from TLC+ transportation.
11. Throwing dangerous objects:
a. First offense – Confiscation of object. Report to the Director and call to parent/guardian.
b. Second offense – Confiscation of object. Parent and student conference with the Director.
12. Fighting – aggressive behavior that involves two or more participants:
a. First offense – Report to the Director and parents will be contacted.
b. Second offense – Parent and student conference with the Director.
13. Vandalism – The intentional destruction or defacement of property:
a. First offense – The Director and parent/guardian notified and restitution
b. Second offense – Restitution and parent and student conference with the Director.
To address the immediate safety concern, the driver will stop the vehicle in a safe place and request assistance and special transport from another staff member. The driver and students will remain with the vehicle until assistance arrives to transport the student that is misbehaving in a separate car. Parent will be notified immediately.
School Van Emergency Procedures
The Director or designee shall establish procedures for van safety and emergency exit drills. One emergency evacuation drill shall be held within the first quarter of school. The first exit drill will be followed by at least one verbal review of the emergency exit drill prior to the second exit drill.
In the event of an emergency all students must adhere to these guidelines:
Remain seated until directed to act by the driver.
If the driver is unconscious, use the driver’s cell phone to call 911.
Once you have contact with 911, follow the directives of the officer on the line.
Upon evacuation of the vehicle, stay clear of traffic and stay together as a group.
If the vehicle is on fire, get at least 100 feet away from the vehicle while staying clear of oncoming traffic.
P.E. – Physical Education
P.E. is an important part of student’s education; TLC+ has a unique physical education program that focuses on the individual’s educational goals, following state guidelines.
* A –Ribbed Tees permitted for male students during P.E. time only.
Student Dress Code
TLC+ staff feels it is important for students to take pride in their appearance. It is, therefore, necessary that students come to TLC+ dressed and groomed appropriately for a school setting. Our goal is to have students dress as would be acceptable in a regular elementary, junior, or senior high school.
Valuable items should not be brought to or worn at school. Neither TLC+ nor its staff will be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items brought to school.
Hats of any kind, bandanas, or any other type of headwear are at discretion of staff
Shoes must be worn at all times; Shoes appropriate for P.E. should be worn
Clothing MUST conceal undergarments and body parts at all times
The following items are NOT appropriate dress for school:
Students not in compliance with the dress code will not earn privileges. Students with inappropriate clothing will not be allowed to remain in the classroom. As an alternative to being sent home, parents may be asked to bring appropriate clothing to school for the student to change. Clothing may also be loaned to the student by TLC+. Loaned clothing must be returned.
Students with inappropriate jewelry or headgear will be requested to turn such items over to program staff. These items may be picked up from the Director by a parent or guardian. Parents may be asked to assist staff in the removal of items from the student. If a student earns an at-home suspension due to dress code problems, a re-entry meeting is required.
Good personal hygiene is an expectation at school. TLC+ realizes there are many factors that play a role in the desire or ability of a student to maintain appropriate hygiene. It is the goal of the school in such cases to assist the student in achieving good personal hygiene through increasing self-esteem, self-worth, and education. Staff may be active with students and parents/guardians in achieving this goal.