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General Policies

DRESS CODE

To maintain a pure, respectful atmosphere, Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op requires modesty in dress.  We ask that participants do not wear yoga pants or leggings; that shoulders and midriffs are covered; and that shorts and skirts be at least fingertip length.

WEATHER CANCELLATION

In the case of inclement weather, Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op follows the same cancellation policy as Milford Public Schools, as broadcast on the local news.  In the event of a delay, we will open at 9:30.  Students should report for any class normally in session at that time.

SICKNESS

If your child has had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the past 24 hours, do not bring that child to co-op.  In addition, do not bring children who have any highly contagious illnesses such as hand-foot-mouth, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or COVID-19.  Out of mercy to other families, especially those with little children, please use parental discretion in determining whether to bring the rest of your family.

DISCIPLINE

Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op is a place for joyful learning. Disrespectful or disruptive behavior detracts from everyone's peace and the authentic Christ-like community we seek 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 will be asked to exit class and stay the remaining period with their on-site parent.  Teachers reserve the right to excuse a student permanently, without refund, if misbehavior is unresolved.

In 7th-12th grades, the parents of disruptive or disrespectful students will be notified that if the behavior does not cease immediately, 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. All children under the age of 12 must have a parent on site at all times.  Children in this age bracket may not be dropped off and left unattended by their parents.  If a parent needs to leave campus for any reason, she must secure the permission of another parent to watch her children while she is gone, and she must leave that other parent's name on a clipboard with the front door monitor.  This practice is for occasional use only.

  2. 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 buildings at any time.

  3. The attic space and roof are OFF LIMITS to students.  Anyone found in the attic space or on the roof will be asked to leave DMHC with no refund.

  4. The cost of any repair for damage to the facility or equipment is the responsibility of the parent or individual.

  5. The Church Undercroft 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.

  6. Food is to be kept in the Church Undercroft, Teen space (Room 6), or other designated lunch classrooms, unless an instructor has made an exception for a lesson.

  7. Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op is not a nut-free environment, and we cannot 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.

  8. Parents are responsible for and accept all liability for the safety of their children inside and outside. The green space area is available as play space. Please keep students away from the road and use caution in the parking lot.

  9. 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 must remain with the child.  Our Volunteers are not permitted to watch children other than those of the Instructors. Please do not ask our Volunteers to watch your children.

  10. Students may not use electronic devices in the classroom. 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.

  11. Divine Mercy Homeschool 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.