Three years ago, the day treatment classroom became part of the Bradley County School system in partnership with Bradley County Juvenile Court.
The classroom is part of the Behavioral Unit at the Bradley County Juvenile Center.
Sheena Newman, supervisor of Elementary Education for Bradley County Schools, stated, “This has been a win-win situation for all involved. It is a partnership with many caring individuals working hard to make a difference in the lives of our children and it is working.”
This classroom focuses on kindergarten through fifth-grade students who have some type of behavioral issue in the school the child attends.
Once the school and staff have exhausted all other means to deal with said issue, a referral is made to the day treatment center.
Once the child is accepted into the classroom, the child and his family are surrounded by services to help them deal with and cope with the child’s behavior issues.
“The day treatment’s success is defined by the many students who have been able to transition back to their home school with a renewed sense of belonging,” stated Dan Glasscock, supervisor of Secondary Education.
Johnny McDaniel, director of Bradley County Schools, has been an advocate of the classroom from the beginning stages.
McDaniel states, “The day treatment classroom, along with teachers and support staff provided by the school system, and counselors and family intervention programs provided by the Juvenile Court, is an exemplary model of how to help some of our most at-risk children. It is a cooperative, multi-agency partnership that can be replicated across Tennessee.”
Bradley County Juvenile Court uses innovative ideas to reach the youth of Bradley County. The court staff along with the schools staff will continue to work in partnership to serve the children and families of Bradley County.