K. A. R. S. S.
Keeping At-Risk Students in School
The program is offered to Jay County students who are suspended, recommended for expulsion, and those at-risk of not graduating or being suspended/expelled. Each element of the KARSS Program provides the student an opportunity to evaluate their choices which facilitated the referral, improve school performance, and to become more connected with family, community, and self.
Specific processes will vary for each student based on individualized case plans and needs, but each will encourage positive behavior change and build feelings of competency, usefulness, belonging, and empowerment, all critical elements to preventing juvenile delinquency.
- Referrals can be made by anyone but must be approved by the Jay School Corp.
- The program serves students in grades 6-12.
- Work with clients is mostly one to one, or one to two
- Assistance in completing any missing assignments
- Maintenance of incoming assignments
- Assistance/tutoring in problem subjects as needed
- Development of positive behavior change through the use of evidence-based
life skills worksheets and follow-up discussion
- Encouragement of skill-building associated with problem-solving, conflict
resolution, personal responsibility, and self-esteem
- Assistance with identifying areas of interest to involve the student in community service that would provide instruction and experience in that area
- Support with transitioning the student back into the regular school day
- Supervision of student compliance to the personalized case plan