Requirements for Successful Completion

1. Students must attend and complete all three days of the student program and the follow-up Booster session, which is held approximately 6-8 weeks later.

2. Parents/guardians must attend a 3-hour parent/guardian program the evening of Day 3 of the Student Program or the following Saturday morning. Information about the Booster session will be confirmed at the parent program.

3. No students or other children are permitted to attend the parent/guardian program and only the student and parents/guardians are permitted to attend the Booster program. Parents who can’t arrange for child care and need to bring a younger child will need to also bring an older sibling to watch the younger child in a room apart from the parent session.

4. Students need to arrive between 8:30 and 8:40 a.m. and be prepared to start the session on time at 8:45 a.m. Parents also must arrive on time for their program. Both students and parents should plan to arrive at the Booster session at least 5 minutes before their allotted time.

5. Late arrivals may result in dismissal and/or an unsuccessful completion of the program.

6. Students and parents/guardians are responsible for their own transportation. Parents/guardians who cannot supply or arrange transportation to the Syphax Education Center should contact their referral source, the school’s Assistant Principal, or the juvenile courts.

7. Students are required to bring their own lunch or cash if they wish to purchase their lunch from the Syphax Café. Note: healthy options are not guaranteed. Snacks and water will be provided.

8. Students are expected to pay attention and participate fully at all times. This requirement includes completing all in-class written assignments and activities as directed.

9. Students and parents/guardians must be respectful of the program facilitators and other participants at all times. Anyone showing disruptive behavior may be asked to leave, resulting in an unsuccessful completion of the program.

10. Students must not be under the influence or in possession of any substances (i.e., drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or any substances used in an electronic delivery device). They also may not be in possession of paraphernalia. Students must follow this requirement during and after program hours throughout the duration of the three days.

11. Students will not be able to use their phones or computers during the program. All phones will be placed in a container upon arrival and returned when the students leave for the day. If parents need to reach their teen, they should contact Alvaro Alarcon at: 202-644-6812.

12. Backpacks are discouraged; however, if brought to the student session, they will be placed in a corner of the room where they and will not be available to students until dismissal time.

13. Students who do not adhere to the program rules and behavior requirements (discussed at the start of Day One) will be given warnings before being dismissed from the Second Chance Program. Examples of unacceptable behavior or rules violations that could result in program dismissal include:

  • Disturbing other students so that it is difficult for them to fully pay attention or participate.
  • Falling asleep or displaying sleep-like behavior.
  • Not putting a phone in the basket.
  • Putting feet on the table.
  • Offensive language (e.g., profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, racial or sexual slurs, or any other words that cause adults or students to feel uncomfortable).
  • Disrespecting other students’ property.
  • Other behavior that is considered unacceptable at school.

14. A student dismissed for disciplinary reasons will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian or will be returned to his/her school by Red Top Cab. Additionally, the student may be subject to school consequences (including suspension) and/or court involvement.