TL Questions and Answers
Who may participate in this program?
Every member of the Senior Class spends their final year at MHS in the TL Program.
Does the merit system apply to students in the program?
No, there is no merit system. However, there is a level system and responsibilities that students will have in and around their apartment building.
Where do students purchase food for their meals?
Students purchase food for all of their meals at local grocery stores.
How do students pay for their groceries?
Students use a debit card that is assigned to each suite for shopping. Each student has the opportunity to shop at local grocery stores for food and personal care needs.
Who is in charge of the suite?
Ultimately, the students have the responsibility for the cleanliness and orderliness of the suites. However, all suites are routinely checked by the adults supervising the apartment building for safety and cleanliness.
Is the adult in charge a houseparent?
Two adults oversee each TL apartment building–a Transitional Living Coordinator (TLC) and a Transitional Living Assistant (TLA). They are not hired as a couple and have separate apartments within the building. Their apartments are located on the first floor adjacent to the office and entrance of the apartment building. Staff schedules rotate so at least one adult is on duty when students are in the building and there are times when both adults are on duty. In addition, there are also “Flex” TLA’s who are delegated to the apartment buildings as needed.
What transportation is available for the Transitional Living students?
Students walk to and from classes and activities in and around the Spartan Commons area. Regular bus transportation is provided for students participating in co-curricular sports/activities. Area shopping trips for food and clothing is provided by a TL staff member; or for those students who meet the criteria, usage of one of the TL cars assigned to the program.
What happens if students do not succeed in this program?
If additional support is needed, those situations will be addressed on an individual basis. Students who struggle in this program, however, will not be transferred back to a student home.
Can students decorate apartments?
Additional furniture items are not allowed, however, there are guidelines regarding wall decorations and additional personal items.
Do students have a budget?
Yes, each apartment is provided a set dollar amount each month to use for both food and personal care items.
How are discipline infractions handled and by whom? Are the consequences the same?
Discipline is handled by the Transitional Living Coordinator and the Transitional Living Assistant. All students living in the Transitional Living Program are subject to the same discipline guidelines as all other students and consequences are the same or similar.
Do the students decide on their roommates?
We attempt to match students in apartments by their personal interests and habits. Typically, four students share a two-bedroom suite.
Do students have a bedtime?
No. However, there are curfews when students must be in the apartment building and curfews when students must be in their suites.
Can the students have a personal cell phone?
Yes, they may have a personal cell phone but one is NOT mandatory. The student is solely responsible for any and all cell phone costs/charges, and they may lose this privilege at the discretion of the staff.