Program Rules and Expectations

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    Turning Point opened its doors in the fall of 1990 to help meet the needs of students who met established conditions. Enrollment is a privilege, not a right. Students in the Program must agree to certain Rules and Expectations in addition to the Stafford County Public Schools’ Code of Conduct, which applies to all students in the school division.

    Schedules and Absences:

    Every student enrolled at Turning Point has an individual schedule and needs to attend at the times specified in that agreement. Students should call the Program at 286-8985 to notify staff of an absence. Students who wish to make a change to an individual schedule should meet with the Program’s counselor and develop a schedule change.
    Course credit for diploma students is based on a minimum required amount of successful instruction time supervised by Program teachers. “I did it at home” does not count toward successful instructional hours.  

    Hours/Arriving and Leaving:

    Turning Point is open for student instruction from 8:30am - 11:00am and 11:30am - 2:00pm on Monday through Thursday. It is open for GED instruction from 9am-12pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Transportation is the responsibility of each student or the student’s family. Students must sign in electronically at the counselor’s office and again at the classroom door. Other than for a verified doctor’s visit, you may not leave the campus and then return later.
    Attendance and Breaks:

    Students should attend regularly and on time as indicated by their schedules. Students may not return to cars unless they are leaving the facility or being escorted by a staff member. The instructional and break schedule is posted throughout the building.
    Base Schools:

    School Board policies prohibit Turning Point students from returning to their base high schools at the end of the school day without prior permission. Students are not to visit their base schools during the school day unless they have previously scheduled appointments to do so, or unless they are taking SOL tests as previously arranged with building staff.

    The Stafford County Public Schools’ Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled in Turning Point.

    As noted in the Code of Conduct, possession or use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, and weapons are strictly prohibited. Violation of these policies will lead to suspension and possible dismissal from Turning Point. The University of Mary Washington Stafford Campus is a non-smoking facility, including the parking lot.

    Unexcused absences in excess of twenty percent of a student’s agreed upon weekly schedule would result in the following actions:
    • Verbal Warning
    • Written Warning
    • Probation Status
    • Suspension (with a conference required for re-admittance)
    • Dismissal from the Program