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General Policies

DRESS CODE

To maintain a pure, respectful atmosphere, Divine Mercy Co-op holds to a standard of dress which is modest.  We ask that participants do not wear yoga pants or tights; that shoulders are covered; that the length of shorts and skirts be at least fingertip length.

WEATHER CANCELLATION

In the case of inclement weather, Divine Mercy follows the same cancellation policy as Cincinnati Public Schools, as broadcast on the local news.  In the event of a delay on an inclement weather day, DMHC will open at 9:45.  Students should report for any class normally in session at that time.

SICKNESS

If your child has had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the past 24 hours, please plan to stay home from co-op.  Please use your best judgment about other illnesses, such as colds and coughs.

DISCIPLINE

Divine Mercy Co-op aims to be a place for joyful learning. Disrespectful or disruptive behavior detracts from classroom peace and the spirit of kindness and authentic Catholic community which we are seeking to build.

In all classes, poor behavior is handled directly by the instructor, who is supported by our Board.

In elementary grades, disruptive or disrespectful students may be asked to exit class and stay the remaining class period with their on-site parent.

In 7th-12th grades, repeatedly disruptive or disrespectful students and their parents will be notified that if the behavior does not cease immediately, then a parent will be required to accompany the student to the following three classes.  If poor behavior persists even after this period, the student will be asked to leave the class permanently without a refund.

FACILITY

The following guidelines are for the purposes of safety, respect for our host facility, and optimizing our learning environment:

  1. Students are to be only in rooms specifically designated for our use, and should be in classrooms only during class time. Students must not be in unmonitored or off-limit spaces of the building at any time.  
  2. Children under age 11 must have a designated adult on site. When not in class, these children must be in a supervised area of the building or outside if an outdoor monitor is present.
  3. The cost of any repair for damage to the facility or equipment is the responsibility of the parent or individual.
  4. The cafeteria is a great place for eating, studying, and socializing. Please be mindful to keep to an indoor noise level. Running and playing ball should be reserved for the playground.
  5. Food is to be kept in the cafeteria unless an instructor has made an exception for a lesson.
  6. Divine Mercy is not a nut-free environment, and the co-op does not accept responsibility for monitoring allergens.  However, we do want to be aware of allergies among our students.  Please be sure to include allergy information on the Family Information form.
  7. Parents are responsible for and accept all liability for the safety of their children inside and outside. The swingsets, ballfield, and green space areas are available as play space. Please keep students away from the road and use caution in the parking lot. No other buildings are permitted for our use and are off limits while outside.
  8. A nursery is available for the use of children kindergarten age and younger, but the nursery is not staffed by the co-op for childcare. A parent or parent-appointed adult (or approved babysitter for instructors only) must remain with the child. The nursery is closed from 11:40 am-12:15 pm out of respect for daily Mass, which takes place on the other side of the nursery window.
  9. Students may not use electronic devices in the classroom, unless expressly permitted by the instructor for academic purposes only. If students violate this policy, then devices will be confiscated for the remainder of class.  Families are ultimately responsible for content viewed and shared on personal electronics in public spaces.  Please review appropriateness as a family.
  10. Divine Mercy Co-op is a drug-free environment with a zero tolerance policy. Anyone found to have substances anywhere on campus, including but not limited to illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco or vaping, will be immediately removed from any further classes, in addition to facing any possible legal consequences. Students removed for this violation will forfeit all class fees.