As passionate as we are about educating our students, the truth is this: We want to have them with us only temporarily. Each day, our students are surrounded with the support and resources needed to prepare them for reintegration into their district schools.
Reintegration is something many parents eagerly anticipate, holding strong faith that their children can graduate from a mainstream school environment. At the same time, students may approach reintegration with excitement, anxiety or fear at the prospect of returning to their home schools - the places where they faced tough educational or emotional challenges.
With this in mind, JCFS Therapeutic Day School places a high priority on supporting our students and their families, our teachers and mainstream school staff during the reintegration process. It is a process that begins with assurances that your child is ready to return to his or her school, with support from parents and teachers and the Reintegration Team at the JCFS Therapeutic Day School.
Our students often return to their home school on a part-time basis, spending half of their day there, and half at JCFS Therapeutic Day School where they can continue to be supported by special education teachers, social workers and other service providers. This practice gives the Reintegration Team a way to maintain close contact with your child, while also being your child's bridge to new teachers, who need to learn about his or her learning style.
Our students also attend weekly support group meetings, where they can receive therapeutic support as they reintegrate into their home school. In these meetings, they can share common strategies with their peers, like how to handle questions from students curious about their “two-school status.”
Every step along the way, the Reintegration Team wants a smooth transition for your child. However, there are times when the road gets bumpy. In such instances, we work with you and your child as his or her social worker to propose solutions to any obstacles, including postponing reintegration. Most often, this extra support resolves the problem; when it does not, a student’s reintegration might be postponed.
JCFS Therapeutic Day School’s Reintegration Program is under the direction of Stephan Jones, Reintegration Specialist.