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Students Rights Promise

Students Rights Promise 

Right to Safety:  

The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority at RVCA. Each student has the right to safety through adherence to safety protocols and regulations, maintenance of critical safety equipment, and through background checks of all staff. Generally, staff are also trained in CPR as well as procedures for emergency situations. In addition to physical safety, students also have the right to emotional safety. The ways in which we provide for students’ emotional safety are detailed in the points below. 

Right to Nourishment: 

All students have the right to and are provided with balanced and nutritious meals daily including adequate hydration. This diet, which is vital for their health and well-being, is a fundamental part of our school and is consistently provided to all students regardless of their behavior. A student’s right to a nourishing meal is never used as a bargaining tool or denied as a punitive measure. Occasionally, special meals, desserts, or snacks are provided as an encouragement for positive behavior. This right is steadfast for every student enrolled in RVCA.  

Right to Rest and Sleep:   

Students have the right to sufficient daily rest, which is crucial for their physical health, mental well-being, and academic performance. RVCA ensures a structured environment that promotes regular rest and sleep patterns, providing a foundation for students to thrive in their educational pursuits, emotional health, and personal growth. Rest is never denied, interrupted, or reduced as a means of disciplining or correcting students. 

Right to Communicate:  

Each student has the right to respectful and safe verbal interactions with each staff member and other students.  

  • Student to Student Communication 

Students have the right to communicate with other students on campus. However, sometimes for the safety and well-being of the students, communication between students may be limited for a short time. Staff members monitor interactions between students to ensure that no bullying, threatening, intimidating, abusive, predatory, or generally disrespectful behavior is taking place.  

  • Student to Staff Communication 

Students always have access to RVCA staff. Staff are held accountable for how they communicate with students. Staff are expected to always communicate respectfully and with grace. Staff may have to communicate something the student does not want to hear, but they are expected to do so with kindness and compassion. Staff are expected to never communicate in a way that threatens, bullies, or intimidates students.  

  • Student to Parent Communication 

Students have the right to communicate to their parents through letters, emails, scheduled phone calls and zoom calls, as well as parent visits. We do not restrict student communication to their parents and encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s day to day life, education, and growth.  

Right to Respect of Body and Person:  

Students have the right to live peacefully and without fear of any bodily harm. Staff members may not use threats of physical punishment, isolation, verbal intimidation, ridicule, shaming, shunning, or other forms of verbal humiliation or physical restraint to discipline or correct students. 

Right to Have One’s Possessions: 

Students have the right to keep personal items consistent with their growth and therapeutic needs, within the bounds of RVCA’s safety rules and allowed limits. Decisions on whether to allow or confiscate personal items will apply equally to all, without bias towards any individual or their progress or conduct. Parents and students are provided a list of approved and necessary items before arrival. 

Right to Privacy:  

Students are entitled to privacy, including personal space and storage. Each student has their own bed and dresser. Staff may, to maintain safety of all students, inspect living areas and personal belongings. Personal belongings are provided by the students’ parents.  

Right to Freedom of Movement:  

Students are entitled to age- and maturity-appropriate activities, with regular scheduling of healthy physical exercise. The use of seclusion or restraints is strictly prohibited.  

In the event of a student posing an immediate risk to themselves or others, our staff have been trained to respond and intervene accordingly, which may include safely and temporarily hindering the student from continuing their dangerous behavior. 

Right Not to be Given Meaningless Work:  

Students are assigned routine chores and household tasks as part of valuable life skills education. Assignments are not profit-driven or punitive. Vocational training opportunities may be available for those interested.  

Right to See Student Updates and Disagree with Their Contents:  

Students must have access to review and challenge any negative remarks recorded in their official student record, ensuring alignment with ongoing education and goal setting.  

Right to Basic Clothing Necessities:  

Students are entitled to suitable attire that reflects personal modesty and is appropriate. Students are also provided uniforms. Staff and parents must collaborate to fulfill each student’s essential clothing requirements, ensuring proper attire for all weather conditions. 

Right to the Natural Elements: 

Students have the right to daily exposure to natural elements such as fresh air, light, and outdoor exercise (as appropriate and weather permitting). Healthy outdoor activities are a routine part of every student’s experience.  

Right to One’s Bed:  

Students have the right to a personal bed in a room that may be shared with other students and monitored by staff (for everyone’s safety). 

Right to Family Visits:  

Students have the right to family visits on campus as well as visits to their family’s home, which should be requested in advance and planned. A staff member may monitor some or all such visits on our campus to ensure the interactions are beneficial for all parties. Upon returning from visits, staff may conduct a thorough check to verify that the student has not inadvertently come into possession of any prohibited or unsafe items. This process must be conducted with the utmost respect for the student’s privacy and dignity; and never involve strip searches. 

Right to Lodge a Complaint or Appeal:  

Students, parents, or legal guardians are permitted to raise concerns or complaints, initially addressing them to the school administration. Should the initial response be unsatisfactory, they have the right to escalate their appeal to the school’s directors or Teen Rescue, Inc.’s board of directors. Additionally, any complaint a student makes against a family member or other individual is taken seriously and reported to proper authorities if necessary. RVCA is a mandatory reporting institution and all claims of abuse, physical, sexual, or emotional, are reported. 

Right to Medical Care: 

Every medical situation is treated with the highest level of attention and diligence. Staff members are trained to identify health concerns and are required to promptly obtain professional medical assistance whenever a situation is assessed as needing such attention. This ensures that all students receive timely and appropriate care for their health and well-being. RVCA staff is required to inform parents of any health or medical issues that arise while the student is in RVCA care. The parents have the final say in any medical treatment required.  

Right to Legal Academic Transcripts:  

Students are entitled to obtain a comprehensive record of their academic achievements during their enrollment at RVCA. This transcript will reflect courses taken and grades earned. RVCA is committed to maintaining transparency in the evaluation process and ensuring that full access is given to these educational records for future academic or professional pursuits. 

Right to Leave the Program (with parental approval): 

Students, with parental or guardian agreement, may withdraw from the program, provided they give timely notice as specified by RVCAs policies and in alignment with their signed contract.  

Right and Method to Report Abuse:  

Students are assured the right to report any instance of perceived abuse within or without our school confidently and safely. RVCA commits to safeguard the student from any form of retaliation or negative consequences as a result of such a report. This process is designed to ensure that all concerns are addressed promptly and thoroughly while maintaining the student’s welfare and anonymity if possible and desired. RVCA is committed to creating a transparent environment where the well-being of students is paramount, and any reported misconduct must be investigated with due diligence. Any report of abuse will be reported to the local or state authorities.

Educational Rights:

Students are entitled to receive a comprehensive and age-appropriate education that is in harmony with their academic level and personal development. RVCA is dedicated to providing a curriculum that meets each student’s unique educational needs, fostering an environment where intellectual growth and learning flourish. This commitment ensures that students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for their future academic and life successes. RVCA commits to having an accredited teacher on site during all school hours to assist with coursework as well as providing access to tutors to students who need extra support.