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KNEEL Bylaws

Registration / Financial

(Current fees and tuition can be found at the KNEEL Website)

1) There is a registration fee and application due at the time of registration. If a family registers, and their application is accepted but there are no openings available, they will be offered a place on the waiting list. We will accept new members to our waitlist only through October for the current school year. We will re-open the waitlist on May 1 for the following school year. If a family chooses to remove their name from the waiting list, there will be no refund of the registration fee. Wait list status is a privilege and can be revoked at any time. Authority to revoke this status resides with the executive board.

2) Upcoming year registration for current KNEEL families in good standing will be from April 1 until April 30. If a family withdraws after registering, a refund of all monies paid (less the registration fee) will be issued until June 30th. After June 30th no refunds will be issued.

3) Half of the annual tuition is due within 2 week of acceptance. The remaining half of tuition and the family fee is due at the first co-op in October. Dependent on KNEEL's financial status and the agreement of the executive board, these due dates may be delayed and additional fundraising opportunities may occur on a year to year basis.

4) In the event of a dishonored check, all bank fees must be reimbursed to KNEEL by the writer of the dishonored check.

5) In the unlikely event of the dissolution of KNEEL, all assets will be transferred to MACHE. No KNEEL members will profit from KNEEL's dissolution.

Membership

1) Current members who wish to return will submit a completed registration form and pay the registration fee by the Friday following the last co-op in April in order to secure placement.

2) Each member will read and sign the statement of faith and the bylaws.

3) Each family is encouraged to have a member or representative attend the Parent Meeting in August.

4) Each family must have one parent remain on the premises during the co-op meeting. There will be 3 excused absences for each mother from co -op in a given school year. These absences may be used at the family’s discretion. Absences can be used for illness of other children, vacations of parents, etc. After 3 absences have been used in a school year, there *must* be a parent or guardian on the premises in order for anychild from the family to attend co - op, no exceptions. Partial absences (missing part of KNEEL for an appointment or errand) count as one full absence.  If a member cannot attend co-op with his/her child(ren), then an Absent Parent Agreement must be filled out and signed by a board member and given to the Assistant Administrator. If a family abuses this benefit, the board may revoke future requests.

5) The attending parent will be assigned a service team by the Kneel Board taking into consideration the members' preferences and spiritual giftedness. All members of the service teams will be required to be active and contributing members to the best of their ability.

6) Membership is a privilege that can be revoked without refund of tuition if members fail to comply with co-op guidelines. Authority to revoke membership resides with the executive board. Any family can be asked to leave if it is ascertained that their membership in KNEEL compromises the well-being of the other members.

7) Each family must pay a membership fee. The fee must be turned in at the first co-op meeting in October.

8) Each member is responsible for discussing the Conduct and Behavior Guidelines with their child(ren). Each member (parents and children) will be asked to acknowledge, in writing, that they have reviewed and agree to adhere to the guidelines prior to participating in KNEEL.

9) KNEEL Home Education Association admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. KNEEL Home Education Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.

10) Only children registered in KNEEL are permitted to participate in classes. In appropriate instances, siblings may attend off-site events and field trips w/ parents and KNEEL students. However, siblings may not take up limited spots in field trips or other special events before every KNEEL student has the opportunity to attend. Requests for special exceptions to this rule may be directed to the Board.

New Members

1) The completion of returning members' registration is April 30. New members will be considered for membership on May 1.

2) Membership will be offered to new members only if there are vacancies in the appropriate grades to accommodate all family members and upon approval by the executive board.

3) Families interested in membership will download appropriate forms from the KNEEL co-op web site, complete and send said forms to KNEEL's post office box or complete an online application.

4) An interested family will be considered on the waiting list after the Registrar has received the registration fee, completed registration form and has been approved by the board. The interested family will be held on the waiting list until there is a vacancy for the family, or until the family notifies the registrar to remove their name, or through October of the same calendar year. The registration fee is non-refundable should a family request their name be removed from the waiting list.

5) The KNEEL board reserves the right to request an interview with any applicant before acceptance.

6) New moms are encouraged to attend a New Mom's Meeting in August.

Statement of Faith

1) We believe in the eternally existent Trinity-- One God in Three Persons, co-equal in the Godhead-- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

2) We believe that Christ came in flesh for the salvation of mankind and that it is because of His death on the cross that mankind can be saved.

3) We believe in Christ's virgin birth, his sinless life, his miracles, his vicarious and atoning death on the cross, his bodily resurrection, his ascension, and his bodily return in power and glory.

4) We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer to Godly living and service.

5) We believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God. The canon of Scripture and public revelation were closed at the death of the last of Jesus' Apostles.

6) We believe in the unity of believers through our common faith in Jesus Christ and that individual doctrinal differences, which may exist, should not hinder the unity of Christian home educators.

Classes

1) The co-op exists to meet the needs of school-age children. Providing care for nursery-age children and preschoolers is an amenity and may not always be provided.

2) The optimal class size will be no more than: 10 in nursery, 12 in Preschool, 12 in Kindergarten and 20-24 for each class grades 1-6. Classes may be offered for older children. The class sizes will be evaluated each year and could fluctuate at the discretion of the board.

3) Children must be six months or older by the fourth Monday in September to be in the nursery. Children may enter the nursery as they reach six months of age if they are registered. We request that babies over the age of six months use the nursery. However, quiet babies are welcome to nurse or nap in a stroller if they are having a really hard time in the nursery. Children must be at least 3 years of age by Sept. 15 and completely toilet trained to attend preschool. Students should be placed in their appropriate classes based on their age. The following guidelines will be used (All ages are by Sept. 15.): Kindergarten: 5 years old, 1st grade: 6 years old, 2nd grade: 7 years old, 3rd grade: 8 years old, 4th grade: 9 years old, 5th grade: 10 years old, 6th grade: 11 years old. Some shifting may occur in unique circumstances and/or to be able to place additional students, at the discretion of the board.

4) KNEEL will keep a record of each teacher and helper's contract and any other pertinent information.

Student Health and Well-Being

1) A child with any of the following conditions or behaviors is a sick child and MUST BE kept home from co-op. If the child becomes sick while at co-op, the child will be isolated from other children in care and the parent will be called from Moms' Time immediately. A child/student must not attend co-op:

  • with a reportable illness or condition that the commissioner of health determines to be contagious and a physician determines has not had sufficient treatment to reduce the health risk to others;
  • with chicken pox until the child is no longer infectious or the lesions are crusted over;
  • who has had three or more abnormally loose stools prior to admission that day;
  • who has contagious conjunctivitis or pus draining from the eye;
  • who has a bacterial infection such as streptococcal pharyngitis or impetigo and has not completed 24 hours of antimicrobial therapy;
  • who has unexplained lethargy;
  • who has lice, ringworm, or scabies that is untreated and contagious to others;
  • who has a 100 degree Fahrenheit auxiliary or higher temperature of undiagnosed origin before fever reducing medication is given;
  • who has an undiagnosed rash or a rash attributable to a contagious illness or condition;
  • who has significant respiratory distress;
  • who is not able to participate in program activities with reasonable comfort; or who requires more care than the program staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children in care.
  • Children with a communicable disease requiring antibiotics may return to co-op 24 hours after starting the medication if they have fully recovered, including being without a fever for 24 hours.
  • Do not bring your child to co-op if you suspect strep throat and are waiting for test results.
  • Do not bring your child to co-op if they have had a fever within the last 24 hours or if they have vomited within the last 24 hours.

2) Diagnosis of a communicable disease such as strep, conjunctivitis (pink eye,) measles, chicken pox, impetigo or lice must be reported to the KNEEL Co-op Board immediately. Lice should be adequately treated and the student nit-free before returning to co-op. Parents will be notified if there is a case of strep, pink eye, measles, chicken pox, impetigo, or lice in their child's class.

Please contact the KNEEL secretary once any of these have been discovered immediately following exposure to others in co-op. The secretary will contact the membership.

3) The childcare providers are not expected to change diapers or assist children with toileting. Parents/guardians will be paged from Moms' Time to change diapers or to help preschoolers with the restroom.

4) Children in the nursery are signed in when they arrive and are released only to the care of the person who brought them (unless otherwise specified by their parent or guardian.)

5) Toddlers and young preschoolers are discouraged from bringing toys of ANY kind into the nursery. They may bring a special blanket, labeled cup and labeled snack.

6) Adults and teens working with children must avoid activities or situations that place them alone with a child.

7) Fire exit instructions are posted by Berean.

8) A small well-stocked first aid kit is kept in the supply closet. It is well-marked with a Red Cross symbol and "KNEEL." Its contents are replenished as needed. Access to the first aid kit is readily available.

9) All KNEEL members with first aid training shall be identified and listed for easy access.

10) Immediately contact the Student Monitor to report emergency situations involving injury, fire, and other emergencies of this nature. NOTE: Be specific with the exact nature of the emergency so the Student Monitor can contact the appropriate individuals to respond to the situation.

11) On rare occasions, accidents and injuries do occur despite close supervision of children. In such cases, the following steps shall be taken by the teacher, childcare provider, or assistant.

  • Determine the level of the injury. (i.e., simple cut, severe bleeding, possible neck or spine injury, compound fracture, difficulty breathing, etc.) If the injury is serious, immediately alert the parent (or onsite guardian if parent is absent) and call 911. Do not move the individual in cases of possible head, neck or spine injury.
  • Administer first aid.
  • In cases of serious injury, the parent/guardian will make the decision regarding how to handle the injury (i.e., they will come to get the child, they will request transport to a hospital or doctor, etc.)
  • In the case of a head injury, notify the parent even if the child seems to be okay.
  • Complete an Accident/Injury Report form (found in the "Forms" section of the Classroom Assistant binder) Give one copy to the parent/guardian and one to the Assistant Administrator.

Classroom Management and Discipline

1) Families will be informed of the Conduct and Behavior Guidelines at the beginning of each year at which time each student will read and initial the agreement. All families are required to read and support these guidelines. The responsibility for each KNEEL child ultimately lies with his/her parents during co-op, outside events, and field trips. While teachers, student caregivers, student volunteers, and classroom assistants will be with your children at various times, each child is under the authority and care of his/her parent.

2) Classroom management techniques are included with teacher handouts and are a component of the annual teacher and classroom assistant training. If a student's behavior warrants guidance beyond what proves effective from a Classroom Assistant, the Assistant will immediately page the Student Monitor so the parent may be called to work with the student. If a parent must intervene more than once, she may be asked by the board to sit with her child until the child can attend co-op on his/her own.

3) The respect of personal space and appropriate level of physical contact is important to create a safe environment for those under our care.

4) KNEEL has zero tolerance for any form of corporal punishment, threatening or violent behavior, or verbal abuse.

5) There must be a minimum of one teacher/group leader and one assistant in every classroom or group activity.

6) All nursery and education classrooms will have windows in their doors (or the door propped open, if there is no window) to allow people in the hallway to view activities in the classroom.

7) Incident reporting forms can be found in the "Forms" section of the KNEEL Message Board under "Forms and Documents" for recording accidents and injuries or in the Classroom Assistant binders.

Executive Board

1) The executive board will consist of the Administrator, Assistant-Administrator, Registrar, Secretary, and Treasurer.

2) Board members are chosen by the board from the current membership. Administrator and Assistant Administrator are chosen by the board from the current board. Board members may serve a maximum of 3 years in their position.

3) A representative of the executive board will interview and hire teachers. Teachers are asked to submit lesson plans and/or a class outline by the August Parents' Meeting.

4) Members of the executive board are expected to attend:

  • Monthly Board meetings every month (and summer park meetings as planned)
  • New Member Meeting in August
  • The All Parent Meeting in August
  • An extended meeting sometime in the spring to plan the following co-op year
  • A combined board meeting in early winter with Southern Cross, HOPE, and KNEEL to share ideas and compare tuition/teachers' salaries, etc.
  • The Fall Kick-off picnic in September and the Year-end Picnic in May.

Service Teams

1) Each member may list three Service Team positions choices.

2) The board will do their best to place members on one of their chosen teams and will consider the giftedness and skills listed on the member's application. The board will strive to have a combination of veterans and new members on each team.

3) All members must serve on a team.

Miscellaneous

1) Visitors

2) Mailing List

  • Students may not bring visitors to the classrooms.
  • Adult visitors are welcome with the approval of the Registrar.
  • Parents of prospective students are allowed to observe classes in session.
  • Prospective students are not allowed in the classrooms while class is in session.
  • All visitors must wear a nametag.
  • Siblings may attend off-site events and field trips w/ parents and KNEEL students. However, siblings may not take up limited spots in field trips or other special events before every KNEEL student has the opportunity to attend. Requests for special exceptions to this rule may be directed to the Board.
  • Children who are not enrolled in KNEEL and who have not paid tuition cannot attend KNEEL classes. This includes siblings of current KNEEL students.
  • Email notification will be initiated in case of emergency.
  • Closure of KNEEL due to inclement weather will coincide with the closure of Burnsville Public School District and/or the closure of the host facility.
  • KNEEL and its members will not distribute its mailing list to other groups, or use the list for personal, non-co-op use.

3) Exceptions

Any exceptions to the above by-laws will be handled on an individual basis and are subject to Board approval.

4) All KNEEL Teachers, employees, and parents are asked to sign an annual statement showing that they understand and agree with KNEEL policies and procedures.

5) Bylaws will be reviewed, and changes made (if necessary) a minimum of once per calendar year. Changes in bylaws will be adopted by a majority vote of the current KNEEL membership; no later than the first KNEEL meeting in May.