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 an unsuccessful completion of the program.

2. 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. This also includes staying awake during the entire session duration.

3. 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.

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 the three days.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.