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FOCUS Safe Schools Program

FOCUS - Focusing On Cultivating and Understanding Self-responsibility

1500 Jefferson St.  Vandalia, IL  62471  (618) 283-9311      

What is a Regional Safe Schools Program?

A Regional Safe Schools program is an alternative school placement for disruptive youth in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. These youth are expelled, eligible for expulsion, or have been suspended from school multiple times. Students are placed in the program where acceptance of and gains toward self-responsibility determine his or her transfer back to the sending school.

What does it do?

Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment which will improve students' self-esteem and their behavioral and educational performance so they may successfully return to their home school. The teaching staff provides opportunities for growth through individualized teaching and behavior programs that emphasize the positive traits of each child while providing direction and feedback in areas that need improvement.

Our Goals

  1. Create a positive self-image and self-esteem while realizing self-discipline and responsibility for one's actions.
  2. Provide academic instruction to earn credits towards promotion from the sending school.
  3. Create a successful transition back to the sending school with linkage for the student and the student's family.

How is a student placed?

Only the home school principal can refer a student to FOCUS. Failure by a student to work towards success with the program staff will result in that student being sent back to the sending school. All student actions recorded at the safe schools program are part of the student's permanent record. Most safe school students complete a school year with FOCUS and then successfully return to their home school.  

Need more info? Click <here> for a FOCUS student handbook.



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