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FAQs

General HSL Info

Q:

Must families live in St. Charles County to be part of Homeschooler Link?

A:

No, we accept families from St. Charles County and the surrounding areas.

Q:

Is Homeschooler Link a religious, inclusive, or secular organization?

A:

Homeschooler Link is considered an inclusive homeschool group. We welcome families of various religious, political, social, economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Religious content is allowed in enrichment classes but should be indicated in course descriptions to allow all families to make informed choices.

Q:

What does my family get with the $20 annual membership fee?

A:

Once you have joined Homeschooler LInk, you will be able to participate in field trips, holiday parties, park days, age-group hangouts, etc.

Q:

What kind of security measures do you have in place?  

A:

We do a background check on every adult that helps or teaches in a classroom.  We also require at least 2 adults in a classroom.  Each family also signs in at the front desk when they arrive and sign out if they leave before the last class.

Enrichment Co-op Class Info

Q:

If my family joins Homeschooler Link, do we have to participate in the weekly enrichment classes?

A:

Weekly enrichment classes are available, but not required, for all Homeschooler Link members and will include minimal additional fees.

Q:

How much do co-op enrichment classes cost?  

A:

We have a $25 fee per semester for each family to cover our building rent.  Then, each class is approximately $20.  Some classes will have an additional supplies fee or book fee if the teacher is providing extra materials for the students like art or science experiments.  Our teachers are mostly volunteer parents/caregivers who have a passion for teaching and helping.  We do have a couple of teachers that do not have children in the co-op and charge a slightly higher fee for their classes to bring us specialty classes like choir or band.

Q:

Do I have to stay and help?  

A:

Yes and No.  If your child is 5th grade (11 yr old) or higher, you do not have to stay, but the family has to still do "helper" jobs. We will review these on a case by case basis and have the right to revoke drop off privileges if the student does not satisfactorly perform their helper jobs independently of supervision or lacks maturity to attend alone.  Each family is required to help the co-op run by doing 1 job for every hour your family is enrolled for up to 3 hours.  So if you only come for 1 hour, you do 1 job.  If you are there for 4 hours, you only do 3 jobs.

Q:

What kind of jobs do I have to do?  

A:

We have a large variety of jobs.  You can teach a class, be a teachers aid, be a helper in a class, or do various other jobs like putting away lunch tables and chairs, help with set up, recess monitor, or rescue helper.  A teacher receives a $20 credit on tuition and a teachers aid recieves a $10 credit. We have descriptions of the duties online.

Q:

Are the classes Christian based? 

A:

No, but classes with religious information are allowed. We ask teachers to put mention of any religious content in their class description so that all families can make informed class choices.

Q:

Do I have to teach?  

A:

No, there are plenty of other jobs to sign up for like set up and clean up.  A rescue helper is just available to fill in if we need another adult in the class because the TA is teaching or the another adult is absent.  Being a helper in a class does not require teaching either.

Q:

What if there is not a class for my child to take one hour?  

A:

You do not have to be in a class every hour.  We do have a study room available.  Parents can work with their children in the study room if they wish. Older students can study by themselves in the study room.

Q:

What do I do with my little ones while I am helping or teaching?  

A:

We provide a tot room free of charge for anyone who is helping or teaching in a class.  You are also welcome to take little ones to classes with you as long as they don't create too much of a disturbance for the class.  Our new tot room policy requires families with tots to help at least 2  of their 3 hours in the tot room, unless they are teaching.

Q:

Where do parents/caregivers go if they do not have a job or are a rescue helper? 

A:

A room is open for parents/caregivers to hang out, do some paperwork, knit, read, talk, or relax.