special education program provides specific help for qualified students. Through this program, accommodations and special
instruction are provided based on the student's Individualized Education Program. Parents are active participants in the
ALTERNATIVES FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS
Whiteside School is participating in a program designed to help at-risk students develop academically, personally, and socially. A caseworker, who is assigned to the school, meets with students on an individual basis or in small groups. In addition, the caseworker consults with parents, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals as well as serving as a liaison to community agencies. The goals of the program include the following:
1. Help make school a successful experience;
2. Help students develop appropriate behavior for dealing with class activities and relationships with other students and teachers;
3. Encourage positive communication between the child and teachers, parents and peers;
2. Help students find solutions to problems;
3. Encourage new interests, help develop confidence, build self-esteem and a positive attitude;
4. Help parents develop more effective parenting skills.
PUPIL ASSISTANCE AND LASTING SUPPORT (P.A.L.S.)
Whiteside School has developed a student assistance program, which is an organized systematic procedure of early identification, intervention, referral, and follow-up of students. Parents are welcome to contact this team regarding any concerns they might have about Whiteside students - particularly their own. This team deals with problems including academics, substance abuse, depression, truancy, physical abuse, sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, behavioral and emotional problems and other serious concerns. The goal of this team is not to diagnose but, rather, to offer help to the student and parent(s).