Positive Alternatives to School Suspension


The PASS program is intended to provide skill building and structure for youth who become suspended from school.  The goal is to reduce the negative behaviors and opportunities that are often perpetuated during suspensions. Academically and behaviorally, PASS students will increase skills and reduce deficits.

Components to include:

  • Skill building
  • Homework/study
  • Student developed personal success plan
  • Exercise (optional)
  • Community service (optional)

Skill building includes understanding and leveraging personal Character Strengths, increasing problem solving and goal setting skills, developing a growth mindset, developing well-being, increasing resilience, developing social emotional intelligence, increasing self-control, developing communication skills, increasing gratitude, working on personal responsibility, core values, respect for self and others, self-control, personal responsibility, and critical thinking.

PASS is currently being offered to middle school students within the school districts of Midland Public, Bullock Creek, Coleman, & Meridian.

Transportation is being provided by each school district to the program location:
The ROCK: 2205 S. Jefferson, Midland, MI 48640 (inside GMCC)

Program time is approximately 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, though accommodation on start and end time can be arranged.

Parents can also approve students to remain on-site for The ROCK Grounded program, which remains open until 6:00 pm.

Currently, the program runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Lunch is provided.


Data & Research

The Michigan Department of Education

Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools

Ten Alternatives to Suspension

Evidence-Based Alternatives to Suspension and Expulsion

Instead of Suspension: Alternative Strategies to Effective School Discipline

The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System

Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline

Guidelines for In-School and Out-of-School Suspensions

From Discipline to Dialogue: Changing the Conversation About Classroom Discipline

Connecting the Dots: An Overview of the Links Among Multiple Forms of Violence