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THS and Thomson Middle trying Off Campus Suspension

Thomson High School and Thomson Middle School are continuing to work toward increased student achievement and attendance.

Through a new option called Off Campus Suspension, the administrators and staff at both schools are offering a ray of hope to students who are suspended and in danger of losing course credit.

The new program is being implemented through the Crossroads Learning Center.

In the past, high school and middle school students who had been suspended for serious or repeated offenses were sent home for one to ten days, depending on the severity of the offense. These students received unexcused absences, as well as zeroes for all work missed, during the suspension.

The zeroes and absences hampered the students' progress and contributed to attendance problems in the schools.

Off Campus Suspension, which will be assigned at the discretion of the school administration, will allow many suspended students the opportunity to serve their suspension days at Crossroads Learning Center. They will be counted present at their respective schools and will be allowed to continue doing their schoolwork while serving the suspension.

Should a student fail to follow the required Crossroads Learning Center dress code, fail to follow all other rules, or fail to attend, he or she would then forfeit the right to Off Campus Suspension and face traditional out of school suspension.

The administrators and faculty of both schools see this as an opportunity for students to redeem themselves and continue their education in spite of mistakes or errors in judgment they may have made.

It will allow teachers to monitor students' progress, even while they are suspended, and will allow students to return to school knowing they will have the opportunity to pass their course work

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please call Rudy Falana, Thomson High School Principal at 595-9393, or Claude Powell, Thomson Middle School Principal at 595-3523.

Web posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004

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