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Collective Membership and Responsibilities 

Richmond Homeschool Collective is managed without hierarchy, every person has equal decision-making power. Decisions may be delegated to specific committees, but we do not have "leaders" or "directors". The Administrative Committee manages the basic operational tasks required by the collective's By-Laws. 

All member families are expected to:

  • contribute financially to support the collective (ie., facility fee);

  •  All members are responsible for the direction and administration of the group, and must be willing to volunteer their time as able; including but not limited to the daily upkeep of the rental space, monitoring building safety, attending meetings, volunteering on committees, and any other task needed by the collective.

  • be accountable for the safety of their children and considerate of other member families in our community, assisting all children to maintain acceptable behavior standards for our mutually considerate community while participating in Richmond Homeschool Collectives activities; and

  • utilize respectful communication and conflict resolution strategies whenever possible.

  • Use correct names and pronouns consistently for all members. Research shows the psychological importance of affirming and welcoming language which includes the correct and use of pronouns with which young people identify. 

  • Be fully vaccinated again Covid-19 and wear a mask when in the building.

Supervision Policy

Richmond Homeschool Collective is NOT a drop-off program and does not provide child care. The expectation is that each student will have a parent/guardian on-site throughout the day with the following exceptions:

1.    If your student is 13+ years old,

AND you and your student feel strongly that they will be able to adhere to our behavior policy,

AND your student can navigate the environment independently without additional support,

AND we have an emergency contact number on file for you,

AND you accept responsibility for your student while you are not present

2.    If your student is 12 years old or younger, if you need to leave the premises at any point, you MUST assign another adult as proxy to supervise your student (this adult cannot be the student’s teacher). This information must be noted on the sign-in sheet for the day.

Financial Policy

Class costs are paid directly to the teacher via their choice of payment option. Please note, all teachers are employed directly by you and not by RHC. All courses require advanced payment and registrations will not be considered complete until payment is made. RHC membership dues are separate from class costs and must be paid before the beginning of each semester.

There will be NO REFUNDS issued for missed classes due to illness, schedule changes, or other reasons. ALL PAYMENTS ARE FINAL unless a class is canceled by the facilitator or arrangements have been direct with the facilitator.

Class facilitators and Tutors

 Classes are taught by independent facilitators and tutors and are not employees of Richmond Homeschool Collective. Their status within the collective is that of an Independent Contractor. We expect all class and club facilitators to

  • Be punctual and prepared for each class.

  • Be willing to communicate with parents regarding their child’s progress and behavior while in your class.

  • Maintain a class environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

  • Agree to follow and implement Richmond Homeschool Collective's behavior policy, statement of inclusivity, and COVID safety guidelines.

  • Inform families whether homework will be required for classes and the estimated amount of time to prepare for class.

  • Allow for clean-up time before the end of class.

  • Commit to teaching for the entirety of the 12-week session.

  • In the event of a sick day or weather-related closings, we ask facilitators to offer a make-up session.

  • Learn each student's pronouns along with their name, and use correct pronouns consistently. Names and pronouns will be listed on class rosters. 

  • Provide evidence of current vaccination for COVID-19.

* The views and opinions expressed by an independent teacher, their curriculum, and services do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Richmond Homeschool Collective.