Requirements for Successful Completion

1. Middle School students need to arrive between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m. and be prepared to start the session on time at 8:00 a.m. High School students need to arrive between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m. and be prepared to start the session on time at 8:30 a.m. Parents also must arrive on time for their program. Late arrivals may result in dismissal and/or unsuccessful completion of the program.

2. Both the student and the parent/guardian must attend the booster session together in order for the student to successfully complete the program.

3. Students are expected to pay attention and participate fully at all times. This includes completing all in-class written assignments and activities as directed, as well as staying awake during the entire session.

4. 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 their session.

5. Students will not be able to use their phone, laptop, or any other electronic devices during the program. All phones and devices 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 Miguel Alarcon at: 703-344-8685.

6. Students and parents/guardians must be respectful of the program instructors, guest speakers, and other participants at all times. Anyone showing disruptive behavior will be subject to dismissal from the program, resulting in unsuccessful completion.

7. 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 Arlington Program. Examples of unacceptable behavior or rule 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.
      • Damaging APS property (e.g., drawing on the table, damaging equipment or furniture in the Second Chance room, damaging/drawing on anything in the restroom, etc.).
      • 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.
      • Any other behavior that is otherwise considered unacceptable at school.

8. 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.

9. Parents/guardians need to attend the Parent/Guardian session and both the student and parent/guardian need to attend the Booster session, held virtually 4 weeks after the student session.