Eligibility Criteria – What Qualifies a Student?

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Students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 during the current school year, and meeting one or more of the following criteria may be eligible for services through the Safe Schools Program:


  • suspended at least twice for “gross misconduct”.
  • arrested by the police or remanded to juvenile or criminal courts for acts related to school activities.
  • eligible for disciplinary reassignment pursuant to violation of school district “zero tolerance” policies.
  • involved in “gross misconduct” that can be demonstrated as serious, repetitive, and/or cumulative.
  • youth returning from juvenile corrections facilities.
  • have pending expulsion hearings.

“Gross misconduct” is defined as:

  • use of or possession of weapons or guns.
  • sale and/or possession of illegal substances.
  • chronic fighting, assault or physical violence.
  • arson.
  • theft or destruction of property of the school, staff, or other students.
  • sexual harassment, harassment and/or hazing.
  • gang-related activity.
  • insubordination posing imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff.
  • repeated and willful behavior of:
  • flagrant or persistent disrespect, verbal assault and/or verbal threats, and/or deliberate attempts to intimidate faculty, staff, sponsors, or students.
  • flagrant or persistent disregard for the rules and regulations of the home school.

Transition to a Safe Schools Program

A student who is determined eligible for placement in the Safe Schools Program according to the provisions of The School Code may be administratively transferred to the Safe Schools Program. As quickly as possible following the transfer, Rise Staff will meet to develop an alternative education plan (IOEP) for the student. The student’s parents or guardians shall be invited to the meeting, and the student will also be invited to attend.