I. Identification — The District, through its guidance counselor, will define a Student At Risk if the student is:

A. A truant (defined as being absent from school five (5) or more days in one semester and failing to have acceptable excuses)

B. A school age parent and is one or more years behind his or her age group in basic skills

C. An adjudicated delinquent and is one or more years behind his or her age group in basic skills

II. Procedures for Annual Identification – The District will annually identify students in grades 5 through 8 “At Risk” prior to the close of each academic year, but not later than August 15th.

A. An evaluation of each student’s attendance record will take place periodically throughout the year.

B. An evaluation will be made of the achievement level of each child who may have been determined a truant, a parent, or an adjudicated delinquent.

III. Student and Parental Notification

Prior to the opening of school each academic year, students and parents of students identified as being at risk will receive a notification of the student’s eligibility for the Student At Risk program. Upon the acceptance of the program by the student or a parent, the child will be immediately enrolled.

After identification and acceptance of notification, a meeting will he held with the student, school staff members and parents for the purpose of establishing a specific at risk program which will best meet the needs of the particular child.

Children at Risk Plan

Wisconsin State Statutes 118 153 (3) (a) states that the Board shall make available programs to serve children at risk.

“Children at Risk” means dropouts pupils who have been absent from school without acceptable excuses under Statute 118.15 (l)(b) to (d)(3), pupils who are parents and pupils who have been adjudicated delinquent, who are one or more years behind their age group in the number of credits attained or in basic skill levels.

The Guidance Counselor shall serve as the coordinator of the “Children at Risk Program” and incorporate the following plan of service for each identified child as deemed appropriate. Academic assistance programs may include, but are not limited to the following:

1. curriculum modifications

2. alternative programs suited to meet pupil learning needs and earn academic credit

3. remedial instruction

4. parental involvement

5. pupil support services

6. identification and use of community support service providers

7. coordination between existing programs, resources, and services in the district and community

Legal Reference:      Wisconsin Statutes

Section 118.153(1)(a)

Section 118.153(3)(a)

Section 121.02(1)(n)

First reading: June 2, 2009
Second reading: July 21, 2009
Date Adopted: July 21, 2009

For the Board: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member