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What are some of the other general policies?

Q:

What are HEARTS' general policies?

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Method of communication:
Our main forms of communication are our website.  When you apply for membership, please be sure to select to receive the weekly newsletter. Once you have been accepted as a HEARTS member, you will have access to all of the information on the website, including, but not limited to: meetings, sports schedules, social activities, service opportunities, graduation information, used books for sale, etc. The website is also where you can post events, emails, ask questions to the other members, etc.

Drop off and Pick Up:

HEARTS is not responsible for students riding with other student drivers.

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their student is dropped off for class on time and that they get into the building safely. Students should come directly into the building and be respectful of others’ property. The church does not permit us to utilize any of their grounds, including the front lawn and flower beds; the pond and surrounding area are also strictly prohibited. Please be careful in the parking lot.

The HEARTS doors will be opened at 8:30am.  Students may arrive at 8:30am to help set up for the day.

HEARTS classes end at 3:20.  Students must be picked up no later than 3:30.  Please be on time so our volunteers can leave.  To respect their time, if a student is picked up past 3:30, the family will be billed $1 for each minute per student picked up past 3:30.  (For example, picking up 2 students at 3:35 = $10).  The parent will need to sign the late pick up form, and will be billed the amount owed. 

Cell Phone Use:

No cell phones will be used during classes.

***Parents, please do not text or call your students during class as this has been found to be very disruptive. You may text during study hall or lunch. If you need to make contact with your student or the volunteers, please use the phone numbers listed for the HEARTS on-site supervisors.


Lunch:
Students staying during the lunch break are to remain on-site. They should bring food with them to HEARTS since there is not enough time to leave the premises to get lunch. All lunches will be consumed in the Fellowship Hall. No food is allowed in the classrooms so students need to make sure they get enough to eat during the lunch break or eat a quick snack between classes.

Students may use the sink, counter, and microwave in the kitchen. However, students may not sit on the counters or use any of the kitchen items or supplies. Check the microwave after you use it and clean it immediately if anything has spilled. Continuing to microwave with spills causes the food to be extremely difficult to remove later.

Students may go outside to a designated area after eating lunch when an adult volunteer is available to monitor. NOTE: Students will need to listen to, obey, and respect the lunch monitor at all times. Anyone that does not do this will cause outside privileges to be suspended for everyone. All students, those inside and outside, are responsible for helping clean the kitchen and fellowship hall before being dismissed to class.

Clean Up:
Students are expected to clean their rooms each time a class or lunch ends. Before leaving, place all trash in trash cans, place glass/cans/paper in the recycle bin, check around the room for personal items, and push your chair back into place. After the last period, students will help teachers clean their classrooms before leaving. This includes cleaning the dry erase board, wiping down the tables, cleaning up the floor (vacuuming if necessary), and emptying the trash into the kitchen trash cans. After lunch, students must push back tables and wipe them down, hang up chairs, and vacuum before the next class begins.

Lost and Found:
We do not have space to store lost and found items. Check with the supervisor if you’ve lost anything, otherwise items not collected within a week will be thrown away or donated.

Sickness:
If your student is sick, please do not send them to class. We have several parents, teachers, and students with suppressed immune systems. We have tissues and hand sanitizer in every room. Please speak to your students about health safety.

Advertising/Items for Sale:
All outside advertising is subject to Steering Committee review, prior to posting; however, items you are just posting to sell (home school cirriculum, books, etc, may be posted to the classified section of the website.
HEARTS members may post classified ads on our weekly announcements. This is a benefit of being a HEARTS member. HEARTS members may advertise for themselves or for someone whose service they have used or are currently using as long as the HEARTS member includes his/her own name and contact info.  If HEARTS alumni want to post to the classified, please submit the information to the steering committee for posting.