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Regional Safe Schools Program

Middlefork RSSP Program serves all of the Vermilion County schools, including District #118.  The program is designed to serve students, Grades 6-12, who have been expelled from their home schools.  Generally, the students do not have an IEP, although it wouldn’t preclude a student from coming to RSSP.  The minimum time that we will accept a student is nine weeks, although a semester or even a year is preferred.  This gives us time to build a relationship with the student and help him/her make positive changes.

Middlefork RSSP offers students small classes of no more than 10 students, each with a teacher and a teacher’s aide shared between the classes.  There is a junior high class and high school class, each taught by teachers certified at those levels. The classrooms are highly structured, with a charting system and levels that the students strive to achieve.  Academics are offered at the level that each student needs through individualized and group instruction. 

Each student also receives counseling services each week through a certified school social worker.  Most students receive counseling on a weekly basis.  The social worker also works with the families to connect them with any community resources that would be beneficial.

The primary focus, both in the classroom and in counseling, is to give the students the social and behavioral skills they need to successfully return to their home schools.  The students remain at RSSP for the length of their expulsion.  At that time, they may return to their home schools, or they may petition the Regional Office of Education to remain with us for another semester, for a maximum of two years, to receive additional assistance.