PACHEK Co-op Policy & Procedure

PACHEK Co-op Policies & Procedures

Purpose:

PACHEK's co-op exists to provide educational experiences for our families' children through the cooperative efforts of parents who share the responsibility of teaching and supervising in a classroom setting.

Membership/Participation:

Our co-op is open to all families in good standing and current in membership with PACHEK and who also sign "I personally believe..." on the Statement of Faith. 

At least one parent (or other adult approved by committee) must participate as a teacher, assistant, or serve in another capacity to be determined by the committee. Parent and children must participate in the entire day of classes.  Families are making a commitment when they register for co-op and should honor that.  Our teachers work hard planning and preparing for their classes and all students who are enrolled in co-op classes are expected to fully participate in them.  All students are required to enroll and attend the full 3 hours of our co-op module; participating in only part of co-op is not allowed.  Any exception to this rule must be made by appeal to the co-op committee and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.  

Visitors are welcome to come visit but must be pre-approved by the co-op director and must check-in with the director the day of their visit.  They are allowed to observe classes only and are limited to a one-time visit.  All visitors must agree to abide by the Policies and Procedures of PACHEK Co-op. 

Schedule:

PACHEK's Co-op currently offers a fall and spring semester each running for 8 consecutive weeks.  Semesters vary as to days and times.  Classes begin promptly at the scheduled time and families are expected to honor these times.  Out of consideration to the other teachers and participants of co-op, families are expected to arrive in time to attend the Opening Assembly. 

Fees:

Annual PACHEK membership dues are $35 (you may do this on our website, if you have not yet done so).  To participate in co-op there is an additional, non-refundable family registration fee of $10 for each semester.  This fee goes toward general co-op supplies and toward a donation to our host facility. 

Student fees per class are determined by each teacher and will be posted with the syllabus for each class during student registration.

All fees are due before the first day of the semester. You may pay with cash or check in person or by mail or you may use your Paypal account to send your payment. Student fees are refundable if family cancels their registration prior to first day of class.

Limited scholarships are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Scholarship requests are handled on a case by case basis by the co-op committee.  To apply for one please contact a current member of the committee.

Waivers:

Family fees are waived for co-op committee members.

Classes:

All classes are taught/lead by a participating parent, with the exception of occasional classes offered by an outside instructor approved by the committee.  All class topics must be approved by the co-op and steering committees.  Classes are based on the number of teachers willing to teach.  All students and parents are expected to stay for all class sessions.  All classes will be supervised by at least 2 adults (teacher, assistant).

Registration:

Families register their children through the website class registration tool.  Registration is open on a first come, first served basis with teachers getting first choice.  Payment is expected at time of registration.  Once a class is full, a child must register for the other class offered that hour (if this applies). 

Teachers:

Teachers are responsible for planning, preparing, and implementing age appropriate activities for their classes.  Teachers must submit a simple syllabus and a budget to the co-op committee.  When registration is completed, teachers will receive their class budget (# of registrants X cost of class) and are expected to remain within that budget for the semester.  No other monies will be paid out.  Teachers and assistants are responsible for supervising all students in his/her class. Children cannot be left unsupervised at any time.  Teachers and assistants are responsible for cleaning and returning their classroom to its original condition.

Assistants:

Assistants help children with activities, help the teacher gather and distribute supplies and materials, monitor behavior so the teacher can focus on the lesson, and go with children who need to leave the room (restroom, see a parent, etc.).  Assistants should take an active role in the classroom and limit their cell phone use and talking with other adults/children while instruction is going on.  Assistants should also be familiar with the lessons taught. Assistants will be asked to teach if the teacher is absent and should be prepared to do so.  Assistants may be moved to help in another class should the need arise.

Nursery:

Along with our classes for preschool, kindergarten, and all older grades, we also have a nursery for the littlest members of our co-op families to be cared for.  This is a very important part of co-op as it is vital for some of our parents to be able to teach other classes and participate with their older children.  Those who volunteer for nursery should know that they will need to arrive about 15 minutes early each week to allow babies to check in before Opening Assembly.  Promptness and consistency is vital to this part of our co-op.

Outdoor Play/PE Supervision:

All children and adults should stay in designated areas.  Children should be escorted across parking lot.  Any child returning to the building for any reason should be escorted by an adult.  Supervising adults are to position themselves where they can see and interact with all children. They should not be using cell phones or socializing with other parents.  Supervising adults need to check area for trash, left items, etc. before leaving.  All play equipment should be returned to designated area.

Changing Classes:

In the case of choice classes:

Students can only make a change if there is space available in the other class(es).  Students may not make a change after the 2nd week.  All teachers involved must be in agreement.  There will be no refunds from the original class--that teacher has already incurred the class expenses.  Any class expenses for the class changed to must be paid immediately. 

Behavior and Discipline:

Parents are responsible for their children when not in class. Before and after Co-op all children must be with their parent.  When being supervised, your child may be corrected by another parent.  All adults are expected to correct a child’s behavior in gentleness and love.  A nonparent adult should attempt to redirect or correct a child's behavior up to two times. If the inappropriate behavior continues, the child should be taken to his/her parent for correction.  Children using cell phones and other devices (IPod, video games) during co-op will be asked to put them away. If there continues to be a problem, the child will be asked to take the device to his/her parent.

Discipline Guide (to be reviewed with the children):

*please don't talk while an adult is talking   
*please raise your hand to speak
*please don't hit another, no rough play       
*please use kind words
*please be respectful to your friends and teachers   
*please keep your hands to yourself
*please stay in your seat unless an adult gives permission to get up (during class)
*no gum chewing, drinks or snacks during class time (unless medically necessary)
*children are not to leave the ground during the school day
*children need to ask permission for bathroom breaks/seeing a parent, etc. from their teacher
*no cell phones are to be used during class
*children are asked not to handle church equipment, to include the instruments, copy machines, televisions and any other church property.

Class teachers/helpers will generally be responsible for 'first line' discipline (i.e. 'please sit down', 'Johnny, please don't jump', etc). However, it is the parent's responsibility to respond if their child has become a disruption beyond the 'first line' of discipline.  It may be necessary for a helper or teacher to confiscate items that distract the student or classmates.  Understand that the other parents will be, at times, correcting your child. This will be done in love and with patience. If you have any issue with this situation, please talk to anyone in leadership.

**If a parent is constantly being called out of class to deal with a student, and no evidence shows that the child is repentant of heart and has become a CONTINUAL disturbance to the teacher, then that child may be asked to “follow” their parent for the duration of the day. 

Weapons: 

Students are not allowed to have any type of weapons on their person or in their bags during co-op. This includes all knives, guns, pocketknives, etc whether toy or real.

1st infraction: Warning 
2nd: Must stay with parent for the remainder of the co-op day
3rd: Dismissal from the remainder of the co-op semester

*This rule does not apply to parents/adults in any way.*

Conflict Resolution:

We expect all families to act in a Christian manner, showing respect and extending grace in every situation. Should a conflict arise with another parent, he/she is expected to follow the PACHEK policy, as stated and signed on the Release of Liability. If a parent has attempted to fix the problem but is unsuccessful, he/she should approach a co-op committee member for assistance. If it cannot be resolved, the committee member will refer the situation to the Coordinator, who will then refer to the PACHEK Steering Team for a final decision.

A Word About Modesty:

One of the blessings in PACHEK being a diverse homeschool group is that we have a spirit of unity without uniformity.  We want to encourage diversity while also encouraging respect for others.  One way we do this is by emphasizing modest apparel at all PACHEK-sponsored functions.  Whether attending co-op or another event, we ask that you be conscious about what you wear, taking care that it is not a stumbling block to others.  In other words, please keep private parts private. 

PACHEK Grievance Policy:

If a situation arises concerning my child, in which I feel a wrong has been committed, I will follow the steps outlined in Matthew Chapter 18 with the goal of restoring relationships.

Matthew 18:15-17, 21-22 (NKJV) “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.  If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear you, take with you one or two more, that by ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established’ and if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church.  But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector”.

Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him?  Up to seven times?"  Jesus said to him, " I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."

Absences:

Families are expected to attend all 8 weeks of co-op. Families who have scheduled plans and know they will miss more than 2 days of co-op in the semester due to a previously scheduled event should not register for co-op, as this does not allow for anything unexpected, such as sickness or emergencies. If an unavoidable conflict arises, the family must notify the co-op committee as soon as possible and post on the 'Absences' thread on the co-op forum. In the case of an emergency that only involves the parent, the other children may come to co-op under the supervision of an approved adult. This adult must be listed on the approved substitute guardian list that must be filled out before the first day of classes each semester. Approved guardians may not be adults that are already involved in co-op. Substitute guardians will be required to fill all assistant roles that the original parent was assigned to for that day including classroom assistants, cleaning and aftercare duties, etc. Substitute guardians must also agree to abide by our Statement of Faith and sign our release of liability form when they arrive the day of their substitution. All requests for children to attend with a substitute guardian must be approved by the co-op committee before 10am the day of co-op.

If the committee feels that a family has abused our absences policy without legitimate reason during a semester, that family could be asked to sit out the next semester’s co-op session or will not receive priority for registration.  A co-op is only successful when all parents are pulling their weight and doing their part.  Undue absences not only effect what your child learns in class but effect the teacher (who may be wasting money since they planned for your child to be there) and other parent assistants who are constantly having to cover for you. 

Sickness:

A child should not attend co-op classes with other children if any of the following is true:

    -Fever of 100-degrees or greater within previous 24 hours
    -Active coughing
    -Any undiagnosed or communicable rash within previous 24 hours                
    -Diarrhea within previous 24 hours
    -Non-food related vomiting within previous 24 hours
    -Runny nose (non-allergy related)
    -Please be mindful of siblings with these symptoms and use good judgment in sending other children into the co-op environment, as we have many families with small babies.

If your child exhibits any of the above mentioned symptoms please be prepared for your entire family to leave co-op for the remainder of the co-op day.

Facility/Building:

All children should be with a parent or supervising adult at ALL times.  NO child may be in the building or on the grounds (including play area, grass, parking lot) unsupervised.  Parents and children should stay in co-op designated areas.  Parents and children are responsible for any damage caused, as stated on the Release of Liability.  The building shall be cleaned and returned to its original state according to the cleaning policy.

Cleaning Requirements:

    Cleaning Supplies:

Only PACHEK cleaning supplies should be used. These can be found in our cleaning caddies and will be easily accessible in the hallway in each area of the building for all those who are cleaning.  We may use the church vaccums.  

    Nursery, Preschool, Kindergarten, Kitchen, and any other classrooms:

    *Sanitize the following with disinfectant cleaner:

            -Large surfaces
            -Window sills
            -Small toys
            -Books
            -Soft surfaces

    *Return all toys, books, puzzles, and any other supplies to their designated area.
    *Vacuum the carpet.
    *Gather up all trash, tie the bag up, and place it in the hallway outside the room door.  
    *All beds, changing tables, and chairs will be sanitized with disinfectant cleaner.  Crib sheets should be taken home by the designated nursery parent to be washed and brought back the next week.
    *Floors will be swept and spills or accidents cleaned up and sanitized.
    *Clean sinks, countertops, and table tops.
    * Please mark the refrigerated items clearly and remove the items from the refrigerator at the end of each PACHEK event.  Any spills in the refrigerator will need to be cleaned.
    *The individual toilets, sinks, potty chairs, stools, and counter in the Nursery, Preschool, and EE areas must be cleaned and sanitized.  Check to make sure the faucets are turned off and no water is running.

 As stated above, teachers and assistants are responsible for cleaning their rooms, including disinfecting surfaces, vacuuming or sweeping and cleaning up any spills, etc.  

Please remember to always leave your classroom/area in the same arrangement that it was found. 

For questions regarding the P & P or any other co-op questions, please contact a co-op committee member.

If any of these rules and regulations are violated, the co-op committee (in conjunction with the steering committee, if neccessary) will follow the discipline plan outlined in PACHEK's Policy and Procedures document, as follows.

1st infraction: Member will receive a verbal warning from a member of the co-op and/or steering committee clearly stating what the violation is and what is expected in the future. 

2nd infraction: Member will receive a written warning from the entire co-op and/or steering committee clearly outlining the violation and citing Co-op Policy as to how it was violated. The letter will also state what is expected in the future.

3rd infraction: Member will receivea written letter from the co-op and steering committees detailing all three violations, citing co-op Policy and how it was violated each time. The member and their family will be removed from participating in co-op, with possible removal from PACHEK as a whole, depending upon severity. Final decisions of severity will be determined by Steering Committee.