Pediatric Rehabilitation & Education Information & Rules

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  • School is in session Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm. Wednesdays are a half-day (school ends at noon).
  • School sessions run three weeks on and one week off throughout the summer to allow children and their families some vacation time.
  • Any child of compulsory school attendance age enrolled in a nonpublic school shall be deemed to be in compliance with the compulsory attendance requirements of the Florida State Statutes (Section 232.01), provided the child maintains regular attendance during the entire school term of either:
    • One hundred eighty (180) school days as prescribed by the Florida Statutes (Section 228.041) or
    • A minimum of one hundred seventy (170) school days and the hourly equivalent of one hundred eight (180) school days, as prescribed below:
      • Kindergarten: Five hundred forty (540) net instruction hours.
      • Grades 1-3: Seven hundred twenty (720) net instruction hours.
      • Grades 4-12: Nine hundred (900) net instruction hours.
  • See School Calendar 2010-2011 in the handbook.
  • Student Educational Plans and report cards are initiated each nine weeks and mailed to the appropriate parties.
    • Each nine weeks, comments regarding the student's performance are noted on his/her grade report.
      Grading System:
          90-100 A

          80-89 B

          70-79 C

          60-69 D

        59-below F
    • Students with severe developmental delays are graded using the scale:
      E- Excellent
      S- Satisfactory
      N- Needs Improvement
    • Student classroom papers and assignments will be mailed to the parent(s) or guardian each grading period.
  • Schedules are prepared at the beginning of each school year and are based on the Hardee County School District School Schedule, with additional school days scheduled during the summer school session.
  • Appropriate measures are taken to accommodate therapy sessions.
  • Students are responsible for completing all assigned work. If a student does not complete his/her lesson assignments during class, he/she must remain after school to complete work. If the work is not completed at the end of study hall, the student must take the work back home to complete before engaging in after school activities. The student is responsible for returning completed work to the teacher the next school day morning. If the student still has not completed the work the following morning, or fails to bring the completed work to the teacher, the student may be referred to the Certified Behavior Analyst for assessment and possible behavioral interventions.
  • Dress Code:
    Students are expected to dress appropriately at school. Students are not permitted to wear headbands, bandanas, halter-tops, and/or other distracting articles of clothing. Sexually suggestive, vulgar, or drug related garments may not be worn. Clothing that may provoke violence or disruption may not be worn. The tops of pants may not sag below the waistline. The length of shorts should be at the fingertips of hands held down at the sides. No open toed or flip-flop shoes may be worn. Hats and sunglasses will be allowed outside only.
  • No electronic devices (i.e., Gameboy, Walkman, CD player) or toys are to be brought to school (unless as part of a behavior management plan). If these items are brought to school, they will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the school day. Cell phones are not permitted during school.
  • During School, students are expected to:
    • Follow teacher and staff instructions
    • Be kind and courteous to others
    • Refrain from using profanity or vulgar language
    • Be on time for classes
    • Stay seated during class
    • Raise their hands to speak during class
  • If a student is disruptive in class (i.e., engages in behavior that interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn), the teacher will send the student to the hall to continue his/her work outside of the classroom.  A staff will monitor the student while in the hall. Once the student has been on-task with the schoolwork for 10 minutes, he/she may return to class.
  • If a student engages in major problem behavior during school he/she may be sent home with his/her schoolwork. Major problem behaviors are defined in the Standard Behavior Definitions. Students who engage in major problem behavior during sports/recreational periods will be removed from the game/activity (unless otherwise specified in a behavior contract). All students who display problem behavior will have their behavior assessed by the Certified Behavior Analyst and will have individual behavior plans implemented.
  • Any student engaging in major problem behavior (see Standard Behavior Definitions) while in the community may not participate in community outings for 30 days. (Some students may have other conditions as specified in their behavior plan.)
  • Students participating in after-school vocational programs may do so if they have not displayed any major problem behavior, no profanity, and no more than 2 documented non-compliances within the previous 24 hours.  (Some students may have other conditions as specified in their behavior plan.)
  • Students are not permitted to smoke. FINR enforces the Florida Tobacco Law that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to be in possession of or use tobacco products.
  • Students may not trade, sell, buy, borrow, or steal other student’s or staff’s property. They may not engage in gambling or betting.
  • Pornographic materials are prohibited. All CDs, movies, magazines, books or other materials must be age appropriate. If inappropriate items are found, they will be confiscated. Age appropriate is defined as:
    • Under the age of 13 E or G ratings
    • 13-17 E, G, PG, PG13, or Teen ratings
    • Mature rated materials are prohibited (R rating or above)
  • Additional program rules not pertaining to school hours can be found in the Pediatric Client and Family Guide, and should be requested from the child’s Program Case Manager.
  • FINR respects each student’s rights to be treated with dignity and respect. (See Client Rights and Responsibilities). Any client who believes their rights have been violated may contact the Abuse Hotline at (800)342-9152 or (800) 96-ABUSE. This information is posted at the school and in each of the student homes.