Alternative to Suspension Programs

  • The Guilford County Schools' Health Services and Nursing Department offers alternative to suspension programs for students that violate the GCS Student Code of Conduct rules related to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, providing consequences for rule violations that include early intervention. 

    Tobacco Education Program
    The Tobacco/Vaping Education Program is provided for students who violate Student Code of Conduct - Rule 5 or whose parents request that they attend the program because of their concern about their student’s use of tobacco/vaping products.

    • Middle school students attend the class in a live, remote format, in the evening. They are taught information on many aspects of vaping and traditional tobacco use and are encouraged to make healthier decisions while learning about the negative consequences of smoking, chewing and vaping tobacco products.
    • High school students participate in EVERFI’s Vaping: Know the Truth program, which is coordinated at the student’s home school. Students who are motivated to quit are referred for further services. The Tobacco Education Program is provided for students who violate the Student Code of Conduct-Rule 5. Students are provided with information on many aspects of tobacco use (including E-cigarettes). They are encouraged to make healthier decisions while learning about the negative consequences of smoking, chewing and vaping tobacco products.

    For more information, contact Kimberly Fields at (336) 621-4044 or fieldsk@gcsnc.com 

    ASAP (Adolescent Substance Abuse Program)
    The middle school ASAP program (Rule 24) provides students with the skills necessary for academic success, maximizing their individual potential, and returning to traditional programs as responsible members/citizens of the school community. ASAP serves students in grades 5-8 who have a short term suspension (3-10) days or a long-term suspension via the GCS's Hearing Officer, for violating the alcohol and drug policy. Parents must provide transportation to and from the site. Lunch will be provided for students. The program hours are from 9:30am - 4:30 pm.

    For more information contact: 
    Greensboro Teacher - Joyce Williams at williaj5@gcsnc.com
    High Point Teacher - Netasha Clark at clarkn@gcsnc.com 
      

    Lifestyles Program
    The Lifestyles Program is provided for high school students who violate the Student Code of Conduct-Rule 24. Utilization of the Lifestyles Program allows administrators to reduce the number of days a student is suspended from school. This is a six-hour substance abuse education and early intervention program for students and parents.  The program is designed to educate students and their parent(s) regarding issues of alcohol and other drug abuse and about healthy family relationships. Classes are currently being held virtually in the evenings. Parents of high school students who are concerned about their student's use of alcohol or other drugs can refer to the program (without a rule violation at school).

    For more information, contact Kimberly Fields at (336) 621-4044 or fieldsk2@gcsnc.com