In Chicago, there is an alternative for expulsion, called the SMART program. SMART stands for “Saturday Morning Alternative Reach-Out and Teach.” Students in the SMART program:
- Attend 8 Saturday morning classes
- Learn how to resolve problems
- Receive help for alcohol or drug problems
- Must do 20 hours of community service for a non-profit organization
If your child attends a public school in Chicago, at the expulsion hearing, you can ask that they go to the SMART program instead of being expelled. If your child is admitted to the SMART program, it is important to make sure they attend all classes. If your child misses any classes, they will be expelled from school, usually for one semester.