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FHL General Guidelines

General Guidelines

  • FHL Homeschool Co-op is an all-volunteer cooperative. All member families understand that they must do their part to help FHL succeed.
    • Volunteers Requirements:
      • Successfully complete a background check
      • Read and agree to abide by the Statement of Faith, this Membership Handbook, and all other co-op policies listed on the website.
      • Teach 2 out of the 3 periods each week. The third period is a free period unless that parent is on the rotating sub list. For more details please see Teacher Expectations.
      • While optional, parents are strongly encouraged to volunteer at presentation night and our end of the year field day. Volunteer commitments at these events are usually minimal and designed to allow you time with your families. If we all pitch in the load is light.
  • Class Registration:
    • All students should be registered in one class each period. Class availability is on a first come, first serve basis. If a class is full, please place your student on the waitlist for the desired class before registering for the alternative class. If a space comes available, someone will contact you to determine your student's placement.
    • To help with security and continuity, all students are expected to attend every class they are registered in for the entire semester.
  • FHL is not a drop-off program. If your children are at co-op you are expected to be present in the classes you teach. 
    • We know that sometimes a parent has a one-time scheduling conflict and older students would still like to attend co-op. A student in the 11-13 or 14+ classes may come to co-op without you once per semester provided the following is met:
      • A designated adult must be appointed to be responsible for your children at co-op.
      • The designated adult must be on site and know that your children are there before you leave.
      • You must contact the Director, Academic Advisor, or Substitute Coordinator and get approval at least 1 week (7 days) prior to the planned absence.
    • Special Exceptions
      • The board may grant membership to a family whose parent cannot attend on a very rare case by case basis. We reserve the right to approve or deny this request with no additional reasons provided, but the following must be met for us to even consider it:
        • Children come with a current FHL family and are under the regular care of the FHL attending adult. This means that the attending adult watches them regularly outside of normal co-op times. 
        • Adding the additional children is based on space available. 
        • It cannot impact our teaching and family ratios.
        • While some of our families are larger, there can be no more than 4 total children under the care of the adult in this situation.
  • FHL collects membership dues to pay for our operating expenses, including but not limited to rent, insurance, some supplies, and special events. We run a very lean budget to keep our dues as low as possible. Payment of dues and/or payment arrangements with the treasurer guarantees your spot in FHL. Current rates can be found on the website under the "About Us" section on the page titled Membership and Dues.
  • Parents and students must do their best to be on time for classes and group events. Please note: classes start promptly at 9:30 AM for the 2021-22 year.
  • If a volunteering adult is unable to fulfill a commitment, please refer to the substitute policy. If it is not a normal co-op day, please inform the appropriate coordinator (Special Events Coordinator, Director, or other appropriate volunteer).
  • Cheating, stealing, bullying, drug use, profanity, obscenity, sexual immorality, dishonor to the Word of God, disrespect to other members, or continued disobedience to the established standards of this group will not be tolerated and could result in dismissal from the co-op at the board's discretion.
  • Our host church has generously given us limited space for co-op storage. This space is for leadership use only and for co-op provided supplies. If a class requires additional supplies, the co-teachers are expected to take those home and bring them back the following week. 
  • Heelys or any other shoes with wheels are not allowed. This includes in the gym and before/after co-op.
  • FHL is completely nut free. Please do not bring any nuts or nut-containing products with you, including items made from nut flour. This includes lunchtime.
    • Sometimes our classes are centered around food or occasionally have food during a lesson. Except for nut products, we do not expect teachers, parents, or anyone else to provide for each child's allergies, sensitives, preferences, or other dietary needs. If there are needs beyond that, the child's parent is responsible for communicating with the co-teachers and providing their own acceptable alternative if desired.
  • We primarily communicate via email.
    • During the co-op year we send out an email almost every Monday morning with weekly announcements, updates, and other important information. 
    • We also send out additional emails periodically, especially during class suggestions, voting, and registration. 
    • Please read and check your emails. If you find you are not receiving emails please check your spam and/or promotions folders. If they are not there please let the Website Coordinator know so we can look into it from our end.