The Suspension Alternative Program (SAP) was developed by the Delaware County Juvenile Court in 1989 as a community wide response to out of school suspensions. SAP is a unique collaboration of many local non-profit agencies, local schools, and the juvenile court.  

The program is open to middle and high school student who have been assigned an out-of-school suspension, have satisfactory physical health, and are physically capable of participation in an outdoor community service program. Participation in the program is in lieu of out of school suspension and is voluntary with parental consent.
The program is a positive alternative for youth who face out-of-school suspension.  Too often these students view removal from school as a reward rather than a punishment.  Removal affords them an opportunity to avoid schoolwork and responsible behavior, while allowing them to be out of school often unsupervised and without limits.  Meanwhile, the same students fall further behind academically and socially.  This negative pattern becomes a reinforcing and self-fulfilling prophecy for failure.

This program is designed to break the negative cycle by providing a rigorous, supervised and structured daily work/study program for out-of-school youth.  Through this program, we hope to lower the number of school suspensions, and dropouts.  Students will be helped to be more successful in school while receiving vocational and social skills.  Another aim is to enhance their self-esteem.  SAP emphasizes the importance of the whole community—the schools, court system, parents, and community agencies—working together to solve a common problem.  Such a coordination of efforts will provide a side benefit of a stronger school, court, and community relationships

Hours of Operation

The workday will be from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm with a break for lunch.  Students may provide their own lunches.  Meals can be purchase for $2.00; if the youth receives free or reduced lunch there will not be a fee) the lunch will consist of a drink, a prepackaged food item and chips or crackers.  No food can be purchased for a youth while serving on the program unless it is purchased from the court. The supervisor will determine whether or not additional breaks will be given according to the amount of work to be accomplished, the group’s cooperation, and weather conditions.

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