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Information For Parents of Day Students

LaSalle School’s Day Services Program serves students in grades 6-12 who are experiencing significant difficulties in their current educational program which put academic success at risk. Referrals to our Day Services program can come from the School District’s Committee on Special Education, or from your local County’s Department of Social Services, Family Court, or Probation Department. With small classes, ability level grouping, a highly structured school day with significant behavioral supports and interventions, the students have an opportunity to address both the academic issues and the behavioral problems which have hampered success in school. Other inserts give you much ore detail about the various services we have and look forward to providing you and your family with a positive and helpful experience.

We understand that parents may have a lot of questions about what to expect when their son begins to attend school here. While this document will attempt to provide some of those answers, you should never hesitate to ask questions when you have them. Staff will put you in touch with someone who can try and provide answers:

Q: What do you need from me once my son is accepted at LaSalle School?

A: We need our authorization forms completed, his immunization record and most recent physical. There is a form for School Lunch that a parent completes. Staff will need to know how to contact you during the day. Sometimes a parent can be helpful getting us information from other service providers or his current school in order for us to be prepared to support him effectively. Most importantly, we need you to remain involved and supportive. You will be invited to conferences and meetings while your son attends LaSalle School. It is very important to communicate regularly with the school staff.

Q: What kind of therapeutic supports and services will my child receive:

A: Upon admission, each student begins work with a Masters level School Counselor or Social Worker to address the issues identified as leading to his placement. They see that Counselor for individual land group sessions which are strength based and focuses on the skills, insights, and supports he needs to achieve his goals. Throughout placement, students work on developing various pro-social and self management skills which are needed to appropriately engage in the learning process and to function in the school environment, including anger management, navigating social and interpersonal relationships, improving communication, decision making skills, effective problem solving, and taking responsibility for his actions.

Q: What services does LaSalle provide to the family of a student?

A: From the very beginning, as a parent, you contribute to our understanding of the issues and concerns that were interfering with your son’s progress in school. The parent and child both participate in the goal setting process, and Day Services staff assist everyone to take a serious look at what changes need to happen for him to succeed in school. For many students, issues outside of the school setting have led to the current situation. Family meetings, family sessions, and case conferences all provide opportunities to work together to support each student’s progress. The Day Services Treatment Team works with community based services already in place, to be sure our efforts are well-coordinated with the other work being done to assist the student and his family. When there is an unmet need identified, which might benefit from additional services, the Day Services Team assists the family to identify resources in their community which may provide the support to address that need.

Q: Will my child be academically challenged if he is enrolled in LaSalle School?

A: LaSalle School is approved and certified by the New York State Education Department to provide educational services to students in grades 6-12. Our departmentalized program has course offerings designed to meet all of the requirements at those grade levels. Students take the same statewide testing that public school students take. Our small classes, experienced teachers and well trained support staff provide an environment with structure, support and services students need.

Q: What do I do if my child has an appointment during the school day?

A: Parents should notify the Day Service Student Coordinator when a medical, dental, or court-related appointment will necessitate he miss school. Attending school daily is important, and we encourage you to schedule appointments at times which allow him to participate in as much of the school day as possible. Parents should provide a written excuse for such absences.

Q: What if my son is sick?

A: As soon as you determine that your son is too sick to come to school, you should call the Day Service office and let the staff know he will be absent that day. When he returns, he should bring a written note from you, with your signature, and date(s) of the missed school day(s). Again, attendance is an important factor effecting school progress, so we ask that you support good attendance by not excusing him for minor medical complaints, and seek medical care when illness keeps him from getting to school.

Q: How will I know how he is doing here?

A: It’s important to maintain good communication with the Day Service Team. Staff will contact you if he does not arrive for school, leaves before the end of the day, engages in unsafe behavior during the school day, or is injured or gets ill while here. In addition to those day to day issues, you will get regular communications about his academic and behavioral progress. Staff will send a letter inviting you to progress conferences. We’ll also schedule special meetings to seek your input when there are issues which present significant problems and put his progress at risk. It’s very helpful when our staff, students, and parents work together. We encourage you to partner with us throughout your son’s enrollment at LaSalle.

Q: What if my son has to take medication during the school day?

A: We will need a Doctor’s note indicating the medication, dosage and time of day needed, duration of time he has to take that medication, and written parental permission. The medication, in its original bottle, needs to be brought to campus by his parent. If refills are needed, they need to be brought by a parent as well. Our infirmary staff will dispense the medication with the proper authorizations.

Q: What does my son need to bring to school?

A: Most importantly he needs to arrive on time and ready to learn! The teachers will provide the books and materials he needs for each class. When he brings work home to complete or review, it’s important that he bring it back the next day. We provide breakfast and lunch and an after school snack, so he does not need to bring any food or money to school. There is a dress code, and that will be shared with you and your son. Some students have a long bus ride, and choose to have a small music player, or a hand held game to help pass the time. He will need to place that in his locker as soon as he arrives to campus. Students are not allowed to have cash, cell phones, pagers, music players, or other personal items with them when they go to classes. Of course contraband is never allowed and should never be brought to school, such as cigarettes, illegal substances, pocket knives, and lighters.

Q: How long will my son attend LaSalle School?

A: Our goal is to provide support and services which will prepare him to return to his home school district and succeed. Sometimes chronic truancy or other high risk behaviors jeopardize his ability to remain here. In those cases, we work with the parent and referring agency to try and identify additional strategies to help address those problems, or identify a program which might better meet his needs. Throughout a student’s placement, we continually assess his readiness to successfully transition back to his local school. We involve the student, his parent and the district in those discussions. Some students are ready to return after one school year, and others take longer. Sometimes a student remains here until he graduates high school.