We are proposing to change Groppi High School for 2017-18 to focus on students in need of behavioral support and school-age parents. The school will serve 250 students and add on-site day care services. Current students will stay to complete their program.
1. Will there be increased support to handle the incoming behavioral students in the form of school psychologists, school social workers, school safety and classroom support staff? What type of services will be provided?
A standard of care will be developed to ensure that we are providing the proper support to meet the needs of the students.
2. Will the staff be provided two-way radios?
No, the district does intend to provide two-way radios to instructional staff.
3. Will behavioral training provided to staff?
Yes, the district will work to provide appropriate training to staff.
4. Will there be anger management groups provided for students?
The district is committed to providing needed supports for staff and students.
5. Will there be alchohol/drug support groups provided for the students?
Yes, this would be provided based upon need.
6. How will the special education component in the school be configured?
The school will offer the same of standard of care regarding specialized services as is provided throughout the district.
7. Does the district anticipate that the staff number at Groppi will remain the same?
Yes we anticipate the same staffing, pending the budget process.
8. Will we receive more information regarding the changes prior to the staff exchange process? Can the principal interview teachers to see if they want to be at Groppi now that it is going to be a behavioral site?
Employees will have the opportunity to participate in the staff exchange process this spring to obtain a new assignment. The timeline for the staff exchange process was published in February 2 edition of Thursday Updates.
9. Will Groppi keep teachers with behavioral training?
Yes, Groppi teachers with specialized training will have the opportunity to stay.
10. Can the behavioral student remain at Groppi after the required time if they choose to?
If students are finding success and want to stay, we will work with the student and their families.
11. Why would a day care be placed a behavior site?
We as a district are committed to meeting the needs of the school-age parents.
12. Is there a way to put a “cap” on the number of seats?
The proposal caps the number of seats at 250 students. Current students have the option to stay in the school?
13. What grading method will be used and how will grades be tracked as students transition?
All MPS high schools assess using standards-based grading and document through the use of Infinite Campus.
14. Will Groppi maintain 9-week terms?
Yes, we intend to maintain the school’s 9-week terms.
15. Who will run/staff the proposed day care program?
We will work to make a decision that is the best interest of students after reviewing options.
16. Will there be an attendance requirement
Yes, students are expected daily.
17. Will Groppi be penalized if the behavioral students do not meet the attendance requirement?
Our goal is not to penalize, however the students, staff and the school are share the responsibility of student attendance.
18. Will students receive hot lunch?
Yes, we are working to provide hot lunch to the school.
19. Should the students who are at Groppi participate in Three-Choice if they do not want to stay at Groppi?
Students interested in a traditional school option can participate in Three-Choice and students interested in other at-risk high school options should contact the Department of Student Services.