Our policies reflect a desire to both protect and encourage your child toward her fullest potential. We make these policies available to you in order to alleviate any concerns you might have, and you can always contact us directly if you have any questions.
Boise Girls Academy does not condone, participate in, or inflict corporal punishment (any form of inflicting pain or physical deprivation) on the students in our care. Our policy reflects our belief that corporal punishment is counter to our efforts of building relationships. Instead, we use a more effective and teachable form of discipline through the loss of certain privileges, added chores, and writing projects.
Consequences for Discipline Problems
All correction is done in an orderly and respectful manner. Our staff is trained in using biblical standards in positively addressing negative behavior. We do not use negative punishment (food deprivation, sleep deprivation, corporal punishment, scare tactics, or a point system). Privileges may be taken away for a time or chores added. Our goal is to help your daughter see and tear down her own destructive and distorted patterns of thinking and behaviors and using positive peer pressure — her student peers hold her to these standards. All this is done with the staff closely monitoring, facilitating, and intervening to show appropriate instruction and counseling.
Policy on Outside Contact
Boise Girls Academy is a program for the whole family. A pivotal and critical aspect of the program is the mandatory participation of parents at certain times. Parents are expected to participate in program curriculum and attend several Parent Weekends. A student’s success is dependent on the parent’s willingness to support the mentoring process of the program.
After the first two weeks of self-evaluation, students are encouraged to write weekly to whomever parents authorize on their correspondence list. Initially, this list may only include immediate family members (grandparents, parents, or siblings). As your daughter progresses through the program, additional approved role models may be added to the mailing list.
During this critical time in your daughter’s life, we request that you contact her weekly through letters and/or cards. Carefully chosen words can be of great value in achieving insightful responses and non-judgmental feedback. We will derive topics for your daughter’s phone calls and letters to you from issues she has revealed in counseling and also from the personal growth curriculum that Boise Girls Academy will have her face. PLEASE REMEMBER: We use writing as a valuable form of communication for rebuilding broken relationships. To protect this time of focus and restoration, please DO NOT use mail to discuss current events.
Phone calls every other week to parents, siblings, and grandparents, 30 minutes in duration, are scheduled in advance by staff. Since much can be learned in regard to a resident’s progress by their interactions with parents on the phone, these phone calls are monitored and evaluated by staff.
Visits are allowed and encouraged during Parent Weekends, held every other month for two days (Friday evening until Sunday evening).
Parents are welcome to email and/or call us for progress reports. Keeping families informed and involved in the process is of the utmost priority.
Staff Background Check Policy
Before being hired, staff members are subjected to multiple interviews, screening and back-ground checks to make sure they are appropriate for employment. We do extensive reference checks and validation of prior work experience and education. Our staff comes from various backgrounds. But, the common factors of all staff are a love for God, compassionate hearts for hurting teen girls, and appropriate educational backgrounds. Our staff also has opportunity for in-service education and continuing job-related education through staff meetings, in-house training seminars, and training conferences.
Policy Regarding Violent Applicants or Applicants with Sexual Misconduct Charges
Students are assessed prior to enrollment for appropriateness. We will not admit a teen that we feel may be a risk to another resident.
Medication and Medical Needs
Mood-altering medications (psychotropic) are not allowed. We allow and administer medicine prescribed by your daughter’s physician. Other required over-the-counter medicines are allowed as needed and as administered by our staff.
We maintain an on-call relationship with a local R.N. From time to time, Boise Girls Academy does make use of off-campus resources such as a local psychiatrist or physician.
All staff are trained in dealing with medical emergencies. We have a “Levels of Care” manual. As well, all staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
All of our staff are trained in emergency preparedness as it relates to fires, tornadoes, or severe weather. Clear and established protocols are designed to address these potential events. Fire drills are done regularly. Staff and students are made aware of what is required when severe weather occurs. All efforts are proactive in nature to deal with any of these situations.
How Do you Handle Runaway Situations?
There are measures in place to deal with a resident that goes AWOL or runs away from Boise Girls Academy. We immediately call the local authorities/police to make them aware that a student is missing. We will make the parent/s aware of what is occurring. Boise Girls Academy holds no liability regarding situations a student may find herself in upon running away.
We prefer that the family brings the child for enrollment, not a transportation service. Students do not need to be willing to enroll at Boise Girls Academy. Although most students will come of their own free will, some students need coaching or persuasion before they come. Once we know about your situation, we will offer you recommendations to help you decide what is best for you and your child.
Specific State Laws
The age of majority in Idaho is 18. At this age, individuals are considered adults in the eyes of the law.
Please contact us at (208) 375-4636 for further information.