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 2.2 Community Living (Residential)

 
 

 Requirements

 

R1. Student Self-Management Skills Development

Centers must develop systems that involve students in the management of their living areas, which must incorporate the following features:

a. Opportunities for all students to have input into the development of the center policies governing the management of their living areas

b. Procedures to solicit input and feedback from, and disseminate information to students

c. Student responsibility for maintaining cleanliness within their living areas

d. Progressive opportunities to learn, practice, demonstrate personal responsibility and self-management skills, and to complete career pathway planning activities and Pathway Achievement Records (PAR)

R2. Supervision of Student Living Areas

Centers must:

a. Provide staff supervision in all student living areas at levels that assure visibility, the safety, security, and accountability of all students at all times.

b. Develop a structured process for sharing information that ensures effective student accountability.

R3. Recreational Planning

Centers must:

a. Develop and maintain a calendar of recreational activities and events, and distribute the schedule to students in advance of the activities listed.

b. Involve students in selecting and planning recreational activities.

c. Conduct periodic surveys of student recreational interests and participation, and use the information gathered in planning recreational activities.

d. Coordinate with career technical, academic, counseling staff, and social development staff to ensure integration of student training, including completion of My Pathway to Achieving Career Excellence (MyPACE) PARs, with leisure time activities.

e. Consider cost effective options in planning off-center recreational activities.

R4. Recreational Activities

Centers must provide a wide variety of activities open to all students. Activities should reinforce and provide time to practice communication skills, to demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviors, and to work and participate in groups.

a. Activities must include but are not limited to:

1. Group fitness classes

2. Individual fitness activities

3. Organized sports

4. Exercise groups or clubs

5. Group sessions with employers or career professionals

6. Entrepreneurship classes

7. Evening resume writing and interview techniques

8. Volunteering, mentoring or tutoring

b. May include:

1. Cultural events

2. Dancing and theater

3. Radio and/or television mockups

4. Playwright, rap and poetry seminars

5. Physical education and conditioning (yoga, spinning, etc.)

6. Arts and crafts

7. Reading and computer resource facilities

8. Entrepreneurship classes

R5. Recreation Supervision

Centers must provide adequate staff supervision of events, activities, facilities, and equipment to ensure participant safety.

R6. Community Service Projects

Centers must provide opportunities for staff and students to participate in community service activities.

R7. Water Safety Training

Centers must:

a. Provide students with instruction in water safety as follows:

1. All centers must provide a video-taped presentation on water safety.

2. Centers sponsoring recreation trips that involve swimming, in-water activities, or access to pools/other bodies of water must provide water safety instruction and swimming proficiency tests for all students.

3. Centers with pools or ready access to pools/other bodies of water must provide water safety instruction and swimming proficiency tests for all students.

b. Prohibit students from participating in swimming or other water-related activities until they have received water safety instruction and demonstrated swimming proficiency.

c. Ensure that all water-related activities are supervised by certified lifeguards.

d. Require the use of the buddy system in all swimming activities, and the use of personal flotation devices in all boating activities.

R8. Use of Movies

Centers showing movies of commercial motion pictures to students on center must be licensed to do so under an umbrella license through a national agreement between the National Office of Job Corps (NOJC) and the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation.

Centers will receive a list of movie titles directly from the vendor(s) each month indicating the movies covered under the agreement. Center Operators will assume liability for showing any movie(s) that do not appear on the list.

R9. Leisure Time Employment

a. Centers may authorize gainful leisure time employment of students so long as the employment does not interfere with training activities.

b. Leisure time employment is not considered training or work-based learning. Accordingly, students are not considered federal employees for Federal Employee's Compensation ACT (FECA) purposes while engaged in leisure time employment, except when the employment occurs on center.

R10. Student Benefit Fund

Centers must establish a student benefit fund to be managed by the Student Government Association (SGA) with the assistance of center staff. The purpose of the fund will be to provide the SGA with the ability to purchase items and services for the benefit of all students. The fund must have the following features:

a. Be self-supporting and must not include any appropriated Job Corps funds. Allowable sources of income include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Operation of a store or canteen

2. Operation of other concessions, such as vending machines

3. Student fines

4. Student fund-raising activities

b. A staff member designated to assist the SGA officers in overseeing the operation of the fund.

c. May not be used to pay for goods or services that are normally part of center operating costs.

d. A simple accounting system for the student benefit fund and involve SGA officers in the management of the accounting system. The accounting system must include, at a minimum, the following:

1. A written accounting and audit plan

The accounting plan must ensure the integrity of the fund by establishing an appropriate set of checks and balances, to include, at a minimum dual approval of all expenditures by the SGA president or designee and the center director or designee.

2. Separation of payment and collection duties

3. Maintenance of a bank account (checking or savings or both)

4. A written record of income and expenditures

5. Periodic financial reports

6. Annual audits by the center operator (corporate office or agency headquarters designee)

R11. Welcome Kit

Upon arrival, centers must provide each residential student with the following personal items at no cost to the student:

a. Towels and wash cloths

b. Laundry bag

c. Toiletries

R12. Laundry Services

Centers must provide adequate laundry facilities and supplies to residential students at no cost to the student, and training to students in the proper use of laundry equipment.

R13. Mail Services

Centers must establish a secure, confidential, and prompt system for the receipt and distribution of mail and packages through the U.S. Postal Service and commercial delivery services.

R14. Linen and Bedding

Centers must provide adequate linen and bedding for all residential students.

R15. Inventory

Centers must:

a. Conduct and record an inventory of clothing and other personal effects when a student enters the residential program, and update the inventory after each clothing issue or purchase.

b. Inventory and secure a student’s clothing and personal effects when the student is absent from the center without permission for more than 24 hours.