Code of Conduct
TROY CENTER FOR TRANSITION
CODE OF CONDUCT
Although this is a post secondary program and most students are beyond 18 years of age, we feel that following the newly updated Troy School District Code of Conduct is important to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for our students. We will follow these codes as closely as the law allows with regard to age and the special consideration laws that impact our students.
Our staff feels great importance in holding students accountable for actions that may impede others safety and ability to learn. We will do our best to hold students accountable through daily routines and naturally built in rewards within our weekly schedule. However, more severe violations will be handled by the Troy Center Supervisor and/or discussed with the Director of Special Education. The course of action will be determined in accordance with the code of conduct.
- STUDENT BEHAVIOR & DISCIPLINE
- FRIDAY ACTIVITIES (END OF YEAR TRIP)
- DRESS CODE & GROOMING
- VOCATIONAL TRAINING INTERNSHIPS
- WORK EXPERIENCE PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE
- ILLNESS & ABSENCE
- ELECTRONIC DEVICES - SOCIAL MEDIA
- LEAVING CAMPUS
Understanding the individual needs of our students and their challenges is important. However, it is imperative that the expectation of “in control” behavior is the expectation for the safety of everyone. If a student is out of control and needs intervention it will be handled accordingly and may include one or all of the following; meeting with a Supervisor and/or Social Worker, the completion of a Problem Solving sheet, the inability to earn a privilege (i.e., Friday activity, job-site, community outings, etc… for the week or determined amount of time), mutual agreement that a student needs an emotional break and to go home for the remainder of the day or days, or suspension from school. Staff members may complete a “Pink Sheet”/ Incident Report for concerning behavior-especially at the Moderate and Severe levels and turn in the supervisor for further support. Students are asked to sign the report after they are calm and incident and consequence (natural or determined) have been explained to them.
There may be a need to develop a Behavior Plan or reconvene the IEP to determine how to best support a student with ongoing challenges related to behavior.
Students will have received several lessons during the first week of school reviewing the Code of Conduct and expectations we face as young adults. Your (parent/guardian) support in helping students to be accountable for their actions is extremely important in helping them become as independent and socially accepted as possible for their future.
FRIDAY ACTIVITIES / End of the Year Trip
Students earn community activities through respectful and appropriate behavior, putting forth their best effort, and maintaining a safe environment for the staff and students around them. Staff members may complete a “Pink Sheet”/ Incident Report for concerning behavior and turn in the supervisor for further support. Students are asked to sign the report after incident and consequence has been explained to them. A student may not be allowed to participate in the weekly activity.
Historically, we have taken an overnight end of the year trip. Attendance for this trip is based on a certain level of independence, self-control, trust, and socially appropriate behavior. Our program pays for a portion of this trip making it a privilege, not a right. Students and/or families will be notified if the student is not yet ready for this type of trip. An alternate activity may be offered to students who are not ready for this type of trip.
DRESS CODE / GROOMING
As young adults, our students need to remember they are representing our program and other young adults eager to enter the world of work. We feel that their dress and grooming plays an important role in their success. Therefore, a student may be withheld from an activity or vocational internship if staff members feel that the attire/grooming of a student is not appropriate or acceptable.
- Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times.
- No inappropriate or revealing clothing is permitted. (under clothing must not be seen)
- No halter-tops, bare midriff tops, strapless tops, spaghetti strap tops, or tank tops are permitted. Tops need to have 2 straps that are at least 3 fingers in width.
- No see-through or open mesh clothing is permitted.
- No hats or head coverings may be worn during school hours (unless religiously mandated.)
- No clothing with inappropriate messages: sexual references, profanity, alcohol, or drugs.
- Shorts and skirts must be at least fingertip length.
- Yoga pants and leggings must be worn with long tops that are at least fingertip length
- Clothing must be age appropriate according to staff especially during school day community outings and job sites. Our community sees our students as adults. It is expected that they look like adults. This is an important and at times difficult part of our training at Troy Center.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING INTERNSHIPS
Efforts are made to give students exposure to a number of training experiences. Interviews are conducted by staff members. Assignments are based on many factors and decided by the Supervisor. Student interns are expected to have regular consistent attendance, age appropriate behavior, and demonstrate safety in the community with the given supports of the job coach and employer. If a student is/has demonstrated poor attendance, hygiene/grooming, and/or unsafe, belligerent, violent, sexual, or disruptive behavior on the job site or community, the student may; lose this privilege, need a change of placement or be suspended. We cannot guarantee a vocational placement for a student who has ongoing issues in any of the areas listed above. A Parent/guardian will be notified if a loss or change of placement is necessary.
WORK EXPERIENCE PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE
Students will be provided with a uniform polo-shirt to be worn to job sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will receive a letter explaining job site expectations and the required dress for that site. The student is responsible for wearing the appropriate pants, belt, and shoes as indicated. We will provide shirts. These will be kept and laundered at the center.
ILLNESS & ABSENCE
Students should remain home if they have a fever over 100 degrees, have greenish/yellow mucous during coughing or from their nose, any contagious infection (conjunctivitis of the eye, ring worm, etc…) until effectively treated by a doctor along with any other infections. Students are responsible for calling school using their script if needed to report their absence.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES – SOCIAL MEDIA
Student cellular phone, I-pods, MP-3 players or other similar system use during the school day is prohibited. As a consequence, for illicit use, technology in plain-view or in use without staff permission will be confiscated by staff members and returned at the end of the day. Students will be made aware of limited use times during the day such as during lunch period or at the end of the day if all other tasks have been completed were this technology will be permitted.
Social media exchanges often occur outside of our school day. However, they tend to impact relationships, trust and attitudes during our school day and need to be addressed. Some of these interactions can be illegal in nature. Again, as a part of being a responsible young adult, we feel it is important to address. Disciplinary action may also be taken at school due to the above reasons.
Students are expected to remain on campus for the entire school day including the lunch period unless they have proper authorization from program supervisors. Students are not to leave campus for lunch unless it is their scheduled day to do so with permission.
Students will leave the campus for various pre-arranged activities. They may include but are not limited to the following;
1. Work training program
2. Career Center
3. Community Center(s)
4. Paid employment positions (scheduled and approved by program supervisors)
5. Field Trips
6. Shopping routines
Students must notify job coaches and or appropriate staff if they need to leave assigned area for any reason. Students who disregard this, will be held accountable. This is crucial to their safety and ability to participate in program activities.