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Education Development

  • Q: Will my child go to school while he is in a DJJ program?
    A: Yes. All DJJ programs provide educational services. Your child’s former school records will be included in the planning of his treatment goals and objectives while he is in the program.
  • Q: Do youth in juvenile justice programs receive credit while in school?
    A: Yes. Each juvenile justice school is a separate school requiring student enrollment, withdrawal, and maintaining and forwarding of transcripts to ensure continuity of educational services. School personnel, whether private or publicly provided, are subject to all applicable federal, state and local rules. In addition, DJJ and the Florida Department of Education provide for regular program monitoring.
  • Q: Who keeps track of my child’s school records?
    A: While your child attends on-site classes, at a DJJ program or facility, his educational records are maintained in the juvenile justice program. Educational transcripts are forwarded to the home school district when your child is released from the program.
  • Q: What if my child already has his high school diploma or GED upon entering a DJJ program?
    A: If your child already has a high school diploma or GED®, the DJJ program will involve your child in other constructive activities, which could include online college courses and/or vocational education if your child is interested in those opportunities and meets the requirements.
  • Q: Will my child receive any vocational training while in a DJJ program?

    Yes. The Department of Juvenile Justice programs are required to provide a career and professional education (CAPE) program. Description of each program type is defined by Florida Statutes.

    Type 1

    • Programs that teach personal accountability skills and behaviors that are appropriate for students in all age groups and ability levels and that lead to work habits that help maintain employment and living standards. 

    Type 2

    • Programs that include Type 1 program content and an orientation to the broad scope of career choices, based upon personal abilities, aptitudes, and interests. Exploring and gaining knowledge of occupation options and the level of effort required to achieve them is an essential prerequisite to skill training. 

    Type 3

    • Programs that include Type 1 program content and the competencies or the prerequisites needed for entry into a specific occupation. 

  • Q: Can my child get his GED while in a DJJ program?
    A: Many residential programs offer the GED prep coursework for youth if they meet the eligibility criteria for a GED. Some youth may be able to take the test while in a residential facility, or be ready to test when they are released.
  • Q: Will exceptional student education services (ESE) be continued in a juvenile justice detention, day treatment, or residential program?
    A: Yes. All students placed in a DJJ program, who meet the eligibility criteria for exceptional student education, shall be provided a free appropriate public education. Students with disabilities, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, shall be provided the necessary aids and services.
  • Q: Will parents be included in the ESE staffing if scheduled at a juvenile justice program?
    A: Yes. The program must document solicitation of parent involvement and reasonable notification (10–14 days prior) of Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings.
  • Q: What if they are unable to attend?
    A: If parents/guardians are unable to attend the meeting they may participate through a conference call, or by sending information prior to the meeting in writing. Parents/guardians who do not attend the IEP meeting will be mailed copies of the IEP.
  • Q: If my student is the recipient of a McKay Scholarship, how will this be affected?
    A: A student is not eligible for a McKay Scholarship while he or she is enrolled in a school operating for the purpose of providing educational services to youth in DJJ commitment programs. In addition, students may forfeit the McKay Scholarship if the student enters a DJJ facility for a period of 15 or more days (detention center). The student may reapply for the McKay scholarship upon release from a DJJ program.
  • Q: How does receiving services from exceptional student education impact my child’s treatment and discharge plan?
    A: The length of time a child stays in a residential program varies depending on the type of program and the child’s performance in the program. A child’s release is based primarily on completion of his or her individualized performance plan goals. A program’s services are designed and delivered based on how long most youth take to successfully complete the program. The program will communicate with you about your child’s goals and progress in the program, as well as his or her anticipated release from the program.
  • Q: Once my child is released from a DJJ program, and back at their home school, who do I contact if school records are needed from the Juvenile Justice program?
    A: Record requests for student records are to be sent to the Juvenile Justice school the youth attended.