Project Return is a short-term, school-based program that is offered as an alternative to out-of-school suspension, or as an alternate educational setting. Students who are facing expulsion and are suspended for three to ten school days for serious or dangerous behaviors, or who possess weapons, drugs or exhibit dangerous behaviors may be enrolled for up to 45 school days.
When considering placement in Project Return, the administrator should contact their appropriate district representative. The member district, with the support of Project Return staff, determine the number of days the student will spend in Project Return depending on the seriousness of their offense.
When a student enters Project Return, a tentative home school re-entry plan is established with the student, parents, home school contact, community providers and a Project Return social worker. The plan includes what is needed for the student to successfully return to their home district and the return date. There is a maximum of 45 school-day stay in Project Return. This plan may be revised as needed during the course of the student's stay. Completion of Project Return is individualized and is characterized by a variety of factors such as program attendance, participation in program and/or completion of assigned activities, attainment of goals, demonstration and application of restorative measures.
Why Project Return
Project Return meets individual student's needs through a variety of program options, including:
Maintaining progress in the general curriculum
Taking responsibility for behavior
Learning new behaviors that may reduce future suspensions
Participating in community outreach
Providing chemical dependency screening
Utilizing community support services
Recommending restorative measures and mediation for involved parties
Creating a personal portfolio that demonstrates self-awareness and reflections about their behaviors