Alternative Learning Center

Transition Meetings

"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." -C.S. Lewis

 

 

Families,

Below is the Alternative Learning Center's Transition Protocol. Please be mindful that your child's transition meetings usually takes place on their home campus upon their first date of re-enrollment. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your transition facilitator.

 

Lola Shores (North)

Transition Facilitator

(512) 841-6548

lola.shores@austinisd.org

 

Crystal Martinez (Central/Bilingual)

Transition Facilitator

(512) 414-3656

crystal.martinez3@austinisd.org

 

Jason Romero (South)

Transition Facilitator

(512) 841-6027

jason.romero@austinisd.org

 

 

 

ALC Transition Protocol

It is the mission of the Alternative Education Department to provide a robust and rigorous blended learning academic environment for students, through the lens of cultural proficiency and responsiveness, by attending to the needs of the Whole Child and providing a restorative climate invested in healing harms and preparing students for a continued chance at academic and behavioral success, To guarantee our students have a smooth transition back to their home campus, transition facilitators will work collaboratively with the home campus to ensure prevention and effective intervention to student's education.

 

  • Upon completion of the student's DAEP Placement, students may immediately re-enroll/enroll at their home campus as early as the following school day.
  • While it is the intention of the transition facilitators to hold a meeting for every student's initial return, there are times when meetings do not occur due to scheduling conflicts and school initiatives. A student should never be denied enrollment as a result of the transition facilitator not being present for a meeting.
  • Transition meetings will be extended to 1.students on their first removal, 2.students with safety concerns, and 3.graduating seniors at risk of not completing graduation requirements.
  • In the interest of serving as many students as possible, transition facilitators will schedule one meeting. If for whatever reason the meeting does not occur at the scheduled date and time, families will be asked to re-enroll/enroll at their earliest availability without the transition meeting.
  • Because of the limited courses available at the ALC, it is imperative that home campuses send coursework for classes not offered. The point of contact to send coursework at the ALC is the following:
  • It is also critical that home campus staff communicate information regarding safety plans when applicable and additional mental/physical concerns. The point of contact to communicate this information at the ALC is the following:
  • Students cannot be punished academically due to DAEP placement. Upon students' return to their home campus, teachers should link grades into each of their respective gradebooks to ensure students continuity of their academic process.
  • As a reminder, students' removal periods cannot be extended for any reason other than an additional infraction. Therefore, please be mindful during removal hearings, if you wish for students' returns to occur prior to the testing days. In the event that a student's return aligns with a testing day, they must be allowed to re-enroll/register.
  • Part of reinventing the Urban School experience entails a restorative climate, thus students should not be penalized for the same infraction. Since In School Suspension (ISS) is a disciplinary removal, students should resume their normal schedule upon their return from a DAEP placement and be given the opportunity to heal harms and prepare for a continued chance at the academic and behavioral success.

As always, we welcome home campuses sending their staff to check on students. The transition facilitators role does not replace this component. This helps to ensure the students' transition is a fluid process. 

We look forward to working with our home campuses in an effort to continue to support our students and their success.

 

- Transition Facilitation Team