John Meixner, Regional Superintendent of Schools
Fulton | Hancock | McDonough | Schuyler

Regional Office Youth Alternative Learning Services

Safe Schools and Alternative Programs

The mission of ROYALS, Regional Office Youth Alternative Learning Services, is to guide students in achieving academic success and post-secondary success. ROYALS provide a safe environment in which high-quality education is delivered and high-quality learning takes place. Students understand that attending regularly, making quality academic progress and displaying positive behaviors are all part of school success. ROYALS staff serve as mentors in guiding students to make positive, meaningful choices that will impact their future in a favorable manner.

The vision of ROYALS is to assist students in achieving academic success and finding pathways to a successful future. ROYALS students will become productive members of the community.

Our Safe Schools and Alternative Programs are designed to meet the needs of individual learners. Safe School programs serve students who have been expelled or who have served multiple suspensions due to serious and/or repeated misconduct. Our Alternative programs are designed to serve students for a variety of purposes, credit recovery and chronic truancy, for example.

Our programs are offered throughout the Regional Office of Education #26 service area. Contact your home district regarding a referral to attend one our the learning sites.

In accordance with the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools July 9, 2021 declaration, ROYALS will be open fully for in-person learning for all student attendance days for the 2021-22 school year. 

Remote instruction will only be made available for non-vaccinated or vaccine ineligible students who are under quarantine as directed by the local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.  

A Letter Regarding COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine
- January 7, 2022

Return to Learn Plan

ROYALS COVID-19 Protocols

Remote Learning Plan
Note: Our Remote Learning Plan will only go into effect if the site
is closed and unable to serve students onsite.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund III

Learning Sites

ROYALS Handbook

Truancy Program

Forms - School Use Only

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Public Act 102-134, which was signed and immediately went into effect on July 23, 2021, provides that "each school district shall provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for the Crisis Text Line on the back of each student identification card issued by the school district. If the school district does not issue student identification cards to its students or to all of its students, the school district must publish this information on its website."

ROYALS wants you to remain safe. If you think you may harm yourself, contact the National Suicide Hotline: 

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

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