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Christian Homeschoolers of Marysville Policies

The following policies provide much more detailed information about how our co-op operates. You may scroll through to read them all, or use the links to jump directly to the one you want to find.

Requesting membership with Christian Homeschoolers of Marysville's online community and/or registering for classes signifies that you have read and agree to abide by these policies.

Participation Policy
Abuse Prevention Policy
Bathroom Policy
Tardiness
Switching Classes
Lunchtime
Dress Code
Discipline
Conflict
Cell Phones
Classrooms & Cleanup
Unregistered Students
Wellness (i.e. sick kids!)
Snow Days
Other Things to Know

 

Participation Policy

Parents/guardians are to remain on site with their children at all times. The co-op is a place for you and your child to participate with other similarly-minded parents and children, not a place to drop off your child and go elsewhere!
 
Since co-op cannot function without the dependable participation of all families involved, there will be no more than two planned absences allowed each semester. Please note on your registration form if you know of a week or two you will be absent so the class teachers can plan ahead. Please notify the Attendance Coordinator and the class teacher(s) of these absences.
 
If, due to an emergency or illness, you are unable to be present for any class, call the Attendance Coordinator as soon as possible so arrangements can be made. Even if there is more than one assistant in the class, the instructor has planned for a certain number of assistants, and your help is needed and appreciated!

Co-op begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Chapel. All families are required to be on time for chapel time so that they can be there for announcements, prayer, and to prepare for the day.

Please be on time. If you need to set up your class early, please come before chapel and do not send unattended children to do this for you, unless they are in a group of three and you are supervising them. We will allow students and assistants up to two late arrivals of 5 minutes or more to the first period class. If you are late, you may be locked out until 2nd period, as all exterior doors are locked from the outside.  See our tardiness policy below for more information on this.
 
Every family is needed to help clean up at the end of each week so that we can leave the church clean for the next ministry to use it.  During the term each family will be assigned one or more weeks where they will be responsible to do the vacuuming and final touches on the cleaning (that means you need to plan on being the last ones out the door on “your day”). Parents will also be scheduled to serve as 'Lunch Monitors' for one or two weeks each semester. A list of cleanup responsibilities will be provided. (top)
 
 

Abuse Prevention Policy

We are passionate about making sure our kids are safe at co-op. All volunteers at the co-op are required to complete a criminal background check and to take the online Child Safety Training offered by the co-op through our partnership with Protect My Ministry prior to the beginning of their first term and every 3 years thereafter. The training covers applicable laws, recognizing the signs of abuse, and preventing allegations of abuse.
 
To avoid opportunities for or allegations of abuse at co-op, here are a few simple guidelines:
  • Adult volunteers should avoid being one-on-one with a child at any time, or allowing older children to be one-on-one with an unrelated child. Any time there is only one adult in the room, the door should be open.
  • Unacceptable expressions of physical affection include tickling, wrestling, horseplay, lap sitting for children older than toddlers, massages, and front or back hugs.
  • Acceptable expressions of physical affection include side hugs, pats on the back, and high fives. Hand-holding and lap-sitting is acceptable for younger children.
  • Please observe the bathroom safety policy below. 
These guidelines are to protect YOU from any appearance of misconduct, as well as to protect our children from opportunities to be abused! Please feel protected, rather than restricted, by them. (top)
 
 

Bathroom Policy

  • At lunch or when transitioning between classes, children are assumed to be under the direct supervision of their parent, and bathroom policies do not apply.
  • For bathroom breaks during classes, an adult should never be alone in a bathroom with an unrelated child/children.
  • For the bathroom next to the preschool room, one child should go in at a time, and the adult should remain nearby to listen for the child. If the child seems to be having trouble or is taking a long time, the adult can crack the door and call to the child to see if they need help.
  • For the cafe lounge and theater bathrooms, the adult should accompany the child/children to the bathroom and have them wait in the hall while she checks the bathroom to make sure there are no other adults or teens in it. Then the adult should wait in the hallway while the child/children go in to use the restroom, with the door ajar so she can hear the children. If they seem to be having trouble or are taking a long time, she should call out from the doorway to check on them.
  • If a child needs assistance, the adult should ask another adult to stand at the door and watch while she assists the child. Never should an adult be alone with an unrelated child in a restroom.
  • If at any time a parent prefers not to have any other parent(s) assist their child with toileting, the parent should be notified when the child needs assistance. (top

 

Tardiness

Co-op chapel time starts at 8:45am. Being late disrupts the continuity of chapel time, so please try and be on time.  During chapel we discuss important events and or changes for the day, as well as enjoy devotionals or singing songs of praise to start our day off right.
 
If a family is late three times, the co-leaders will connect with the parent and express the need to be on time for co-op. There will be an email sent to the parent containing the co-op’s policy. If the parent continues to be late three more times, the parent will be asked not to come back to the co-op for one semester. Remember the co-op may not fit into everyone’s schedule during every season of life, so please check your schedule before committing. (top)
 
 

Switching Classes

  • Parents wanting to switch classes need to contact the co-leaders. The co-leaders will communicate with the teachers to see if the switch is an option.
  • If approved, switching classes needs to be complete before the second week after co-op starts. 
  • There is no refund for the class that the child is switching from. The parent will be responsible for paying the new class fee. The new class fee (if applicable) will need to be paid to the teacher the first day the student attends the class.
  • If the fee is not paid to the teacher, then the student will be asked to return to their prior class.
Please remember that switching classes involves a lot of extra work for the teachers, registrar, and co-leaders, so please be mindful and only switch if there are extenuating circumstances. (top)
 
 

Lunchtime Policy

  • Children are under parents' supervision at lunch. Children under 8 should be with an adult or older sibling at all times. Observe a "park policy" at lunch: just as you would keep an eye on your children at a public park, so too should you do so at co-op. We are here to support one another, but lunch monitors and other parents are not a replacement for your parental supervision.
  • A lunchtime monitor may return children to parent(s) if a situation arises.
  • Main lobby and hallways are off-limits to unattended kids.
  • Lunchtime areas include: The theater building, playground, back field and sports court areas. (top)
 

Dress Code

We desire our co-op to follow God’s call to modesty in appearance (1 Timothy 2:9-10), and in doing so, create a safe place for everyone to learn without distraction and temptation. These guidelines (for both parents and students alike) will give a measurable way to keep our clothing in check. Modesty is the key!
  • Shirt and dress necklines should be no lower than 4 fingers below the collarbone.
  • Tank top straps should be at least 2 fingers wide.
  • If shirt or dress is a thin material, please wear a slip or a T-shirt.
  • Shirts need to be long enough to cover the midsection, both front and back, even when hands are raised.
  • Dress and skirt length should be no shorter than 4 fingers above the top of the kneecap.
  • Shorts need to be at least as long as your longest finger when arms are at rest at your side.
  • All clothing should not be skin-tight, but should be loose enough to pull away from your body.
  • Undergarments need to remain undergarments; please make sure they stay covered (guys and girls!).
  • No PDA (public displays of affection between non-family members). (top)

 

Discipline

We are a Christian co-op. It honors Christ when our students respect their teachers and classmates. If a student is disruptive, the following procedures will take place:

First offense – The student receives a clear warning from the instructor or assistant. Be loving, but firm.

Second offense – The student is removed from the class and must remain with his or her parent for the remainder of the class time.
 
Third offense – The student and parent(s) will have a meeting with the Advisory Team and instructor to see if student desires to remain in school by changing behavior. Student will not be allowed to return to that particular class until this meeting occurs.
 
If the student wishes to return to the class the following week, he/she will be expected to follow the rules and guidelines of the co-op. If there is another infraction, the parent will remove the student from the school for the remainder of the session with no refund of fees. (top)
 
 

Conflict

In case of physical abuse by one student against another – zero tolerance:
  • No warning will be issued. Both students will immediately be removed from the classroom and will remain with parent(s) for the rest of the co-op day.
  • Both students will meet separately with their own parents(s), their instructor, and two members of the Advisory Team prior to the next co-op meeting to see if they desire to change their behavior in order to remain in co-op.
  • If the student wishes to return to the class the following week, he/she will be expected to follow the rules and guidelines of the co-op.
  • If there is another infraction, the parent will remove the student from co-op for the remainder of the quarter with no refund of fees. Another meeting with the Advisory Team will be required before student is allowed back into co-op. (top)

 

Cell Phones

Please refrain from using cell phones; be considerate of others.

Students: Zero tolerance policy- no calls, games, social networking, or texting during chapel or class; teachers may confiscate phones and/or laptops for duration of class. We also discourage use of devices, by students, during lunch and free times, as this prevents interaction and relationship building with peers.
 
Adults: phones must be on vibrate- Please no calls, texting, or social networking during class or chapel. Please use only during lunch (if a call is necessary); if a very urgent call comes in during chapel or class, go out into the hall to answer. Remember, teachers are expecting you as a volunteer to be available to help them during class, so keep the call short.  Remember that we are setting the example for our children of healthy habits with devices. (top)
 
 

Classrooms & Cleanup

  • Students must stay in the classroom for the full period. No early dismissals!
  • Classroom doors must stay open when occupied unless there are 2 adults present.
  • At all times, students must be in a group of at least three if no adults are present.
  • At the end of 3rd period, every volunteer is responsible for helping to restore their third-period room to its original condition. Please vacuum the room and reset it according to the room setup photos posted in each room. Empty trash and replace the bag, and close the door after class, making sure all windows are closed and lights are off. (top)

 

Unregistered Students

Emergency situations may arise in which a family may need to bring children who are not registered co-op students. If this happens, please request approval of the class teachers for the extra students. (top)
 
 

Wellness

An adult or child should not come to co-op if he/she has any of the following within the past 24 hours:
  • Temperature of 100 degrees or higher
  • Green discharge from the nose
  • “Pink eye”
  • An unidentified rash
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • A productive cough with a fever
  • A sore throat with a fever

Adults and children should be symptom-free for 24 hours before attending co-op.

Please call the Attendance Coordinator ASAP if you will be absent. (top)
 
 

Snow Days

Unless otherwise informed, if the Marysville School District is closed because of snow, Christian Homeschoolers of Marysville will not meet. (top)
 
 

Other Things to Know

  • Please remember that the pastor is studying and the secretary is working during our co-op time. 
  • The church’s consumable supplies including the telephone, copy machine, paper, pencils, markers, etc. are not for the use of the Co-op.
  • Food, drink, or snacks are allowed only in the theater building and kitchen.
  • Only adults and high school students are to be in the kitchen, except during a cooking class.
  • Children must be in a classroom or with a parent at all times (unless going to the restroom or traveling between classes).
  • Children not in class are the responsibility of their parents (or another adult appointed by the parent).
  • Children under 8 years of age are to be accompanied to the restroom from the classroom by an assistant or parent. (top)
 
Thank you for teaching and volunteering! Our co-op depends on all of us working together.
Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated!