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Students Rights Promise

Right to Safety:

Ensure the safety and well-being of students through strict adherence to safety protocols and regulations, maintenance of critical safety equipment, and thorough background checks of potential staff.

Right to Nourishment:

All students should be provided balanced and nutritious meals daily. This diet, which is vital for their health and well-being and is consistently provided to all students, regardless of their behavior. It should be their policy that this complete nutritional regimen is never used as a bargaining tool or denied as a punitive measure. If they do recognize and encourage positive behavior with occasional special treats, the regular, wholesome meals and adequate hydration they provide should be steadfast for every student in their care.

Right to Rest and Sleep:

Students have the right to sufficient nightly rest, which is crucial for their physical health, mental well-being, and academic performance. The program must ensure a structured environment that promotes regular sleep patterns, providing a foundation for students to thrive in their educational pursuits, emotional health, and personal growth. Nightly sleep must never be denied, interrupted, or reduced to discipline or correct students.

Right to Communicate:

Respectful and safe verbal interactions between students and staff should be a cornerstone of their ethos. Students have the right to communicate with other program approved students (on campus) or staff, except when verbal interruptions or outbursts are inappropriate (for instance, while in a classroom, library, study time, special training, in group events or other program times). Staff members may monitor such contacts to ensure they are not bullying, threatening, intimidating, abusive, predatory, or generally disrespectful. Each student shall be taught how to appropriately communicate with, listen to, and respect others.

Right to Respect of Body and Person:

Students and staff should interact verbally in ways that are always respectful and non-threatening. Staff members may not use threats of physical punishment, isolation, verbal intimidation, ridicule, shaming, shunning, or other forms of verbal humiliation to discipline or correct students.

Right to Have One’s Possessions:

Students have the right to keep personal items consistent with their growth and therapeutic needs, within the bounds of institution’s safety rules and allowed limits. Decisions on whether to allow or confiscate personal items will apply equally to all, without bias towards any individual or their progress.

Right to Privacy:

Students are entitled to privacy, including personal space and storage, with the understanding that staff may oversee activities and communications to maintain safety and program integrity. Inspections of living areas and belongings, especially upon return to campus, can be conducted to prevent prohibited items from compromising student safety.

Right to Freedom of Movement:

Students are entitled to age- and maturity-appropriate activities, with regular scheduling of healthy physical exercise. The use of seclusion or restraints is strictly prohibited, except as a temporary measure under close supervision when a student poses an immediate risk to others or self or has created a dangerous environment through destruction of property.

Right Not to be Given Meaningless Work:

Students may be assigned routine chores and household tasks as part of valuable life skills education. Assignments should not be profit-driven or punitive. Vocational training opportunities may be available for those interested.

Right to Basic Clothing Necessities:

Students are entitled to suitable attire that reflects personal modesty and is appropriate for their age and program level. Staff and parents must collaborate to fulfill each student’s essential clothing requirements, ensuring proper attire for all weather conditions.

Right to the Natural Elements:

Students have the right to daily exposure to natural elements such as fresh air, light, and outdoor exercise (as appropriate). Healthy outdoor activities should be a routine part of every student’s experience.

Right to One’s Bed:

Students have the right to a personal bed in a room that may be shared with other students and monitored by staff (for everyone’s safety).

Right to Family Visits:

Students may visit their family or guardians at home or at the program’s facility, requested in advance and planned and as part programs planned days. A staff member may monitor some or all such visits in our facility to ensure the interaction from all individuals is in keeping with the treatment plan for the student.  Upon returning from visits, staff may conduct a thorough check to verify that the student has not inadvertently come into possession of any prohibited or unsafe items. This process must be conducted with the utmost respect for the student’s privacy and dignity; and should never involve strip searches. Safety is the key to appropriate measures taken to ensure nothing is transported in the facility.

Right to Lodge a Complaint or Appeal:

Students, parents, or legal guardians should be permitted to raise concerns or complaints, initially addressing them to the school administration, via the appropriate means. Should the initial response be unsatisfactory, they have the right to escalate their appeal to the school’s Executive Director or Corporate Leadership.

Right to Medical Care:

Every medical situation must be treated with the highest level of attention and diligence. Staff members must be trained to identify health concerns and should be required to promptly obtain professional medical assistance whenever a situation is assessed as needing such attention. This ensures that all students receive timely and appropriate care for their health and well-being.

Right to Legal Academic Transcripts:

Students are entitled to obtain a comprehensive record of their academic achievements during their tenure at the school. This transcript should reflect courses taken; grades earned. The program is committed to maintaining transparency in the evaluation process and ensuring that full access is given to these educational records for future academic or professional pursuits, given there are no outstanding invoices. 

Right and Method to Report Abuse:

Students are assured the right to report any instance of perceived abuse within the program confidently and safely. The school’s policy must safeguard the student from any form of retaliation or negative consequences as a result of such a report. This process is designed to ensure that all concerns are addressed promptly and thoroughly while maintaining the student’s welfare and anonymity if desired. The institution must be committed to creating a transparent environment where the well-being of students is paramount, and any reported misconduct must be investigated with due diligence.  Any report of abuse must be reported to the local or state authorities.

Educational Rights:

Students are entitled to receive a comprehensive and age-appropriate education that is in harmony with their academic level, personal development, and program goals. The school must be dedicated to providing a curriculum that meets each student’s unique educational needs, fostering an environment where intellectual growth and learning flourish. This commitment ensures that students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for their future academic and life successes.

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