SLHN Code of Conduct
GOAL: To provide an environment where the member parents help shape their children’s behavior to be inclusive, respectful, kind and safe. Parents should model this behavior.
(The following Learning Co-op section was added to reflect a decision communicated by the seated Board at the most recent Annual Meeting on 11/8/2021. This section was previously found in the Bylaws but actually belongs in the Code of Conduct as it reflects how member families must participate in our group to maintain their membership and engagement in our group activities.)
Section 1: SLHN Co-op is designed to provide educational opportunities in a variety of settings and to enhance current curriculum that the members use in their homes. SLHN Co-op offers a variety of classes from social field trips to high school level classes with varied teaching styles.
Section 2: Co-op participation is open to all SLHN homeschooling families who meet the requirements of membership in the SLHN group as stated in Article II.
Section 3: Each participating family must offer one free class. The minimum requirement is that the class must be at least 90 minutes of total class time (ex: one 90-minute class, or two 45-minute classes, etc.) and be offered to five children in addition to the children of the family offering the class. The free class may have a materials/supplies fee but otherwise must be free. This is the minimum requirement to participate in the Co-op. Members may offer longer classes or meet on multiple days or have a larger class size. Once this minimum requirement for the Co-op is met participants are welcome to offer more free classes or offer a class for a fee.
Section 4: New members of SLHN who want to participate in the Co-op their first semester with the group, will do so as a trial. New members are welcome to sign up for classes, without having to offer a class. Trial members will be assigned to classes after participating members.
Section 5: Co-op guidelines are to be distributed to all members of SLHN. If the guidelines are not followed, families are subject to dismissal from the Co-op program. This means:
1. Participants are expected to abide by the SLHN Code of Conduct when attending any group event, including learning co-op classes. All participants are responsible for their behavior and their children’s behavior.
2. If a participant can’t make it to a class they are enrolled in they must let the person offering the class know. If a participant forgets about a class they must contact the instructor as soon as they realize it. Too many unexcused absences from classes could result in dismissal from the Co-op program.
3. If a participant has to cancel their class offering they are still required to offer the minimum requirement, as detailed in Section 3, by the end of the semester. A participant must fulfill the minimum requirement for the learning Co-op or be subject to dismissal from the Co-op program.
Section 6: Termination from SLHN Co-op may occur if a family does not abide by the Co-op guidelines. Participation may be terminated by two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 7: Members using the SLHN non-profit status to acquire materials or supplies must submit a copy of any grant proposals or other paperwork to the Board of Directors prior to applying for the grant. These materials or supplies will be considered property of the group, and must be included in the group inventory. Any such materials or supplies are expected to benefit the group as a whole and remain the property of SLHN.
Members are expected to not engage in behavior that might disrepute the group or could jeopardize the welfare of our children or adult members. Such behavior will be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
All participants in SLHN activities are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct.
Member families are expected to be respectful of the beliefs, lifestyles, and choices of other member families.
Aggressive behavior, physical and verbal abuse, including yelling at others, as well as offensive gestures, by members or member children will not be tolerated.
Parents are responsible for controlling their children’s behavior at all SLHN activities.
For the safety and protection of the children and the host family, SLHN activities are not “drop off” activities, unless specifically stated by the host.
Parents are expected to supervise their children at each activity, unless previous arrangements have been made with another parent to be responsible for the children. Please note that co-op may have other specific rules for participation.
Adults and children are expected to be respectful of others’ property. It is the responsibility of any member to fix or replace any property that they or their children have damaged.
When attending a SLHN event, the host family is not responsible for any injuries. It is the responsibility of the parents to provide for their own children’s safety.
In regard to issues of safety or protection of property only, if a host family is uncomfortable with the lack of supervision given by the parent or guardian of a child or children, then the host family should privately address the parent or guardian about their concerns. If the parent or guardian does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, then the host family may ask the offending
family to immediately leave their home.
Weapons are not to be brought to any SLHN function.
SLHN expects those who choose to use alcohol and tobacco to do so legally, responsibly, and with consideration for others. If an event is held at a residence, the host family must give permission beforehand.
Should any dispute arise, issues should be resolved in an appropriate time, place, and manner.
We encourage children to try to work out differences with each other, along with the guidance of the parents, before the issue is escalated. Our hope is that the parents will help their children learn to be respectful to one another and resolve their differences in a positive and constructive manner. Parents should model this behavior.
It is expected that if there is a problem with a child’s behavior, that problem will be addressed privately with the parent of the child before any other action is taken.
If there is an issue between parents, they are expected to work through their differences privately and respectfully. No gossiping.
If a situation cannot be resolved between children or parents, then that situation should be brought to the attention of the Steering Committee.
CONSEQUENCES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE
Any excessive or vicious attack, verbal or physical, will result in immediate ejection from the current activity.
If any member or family fails to adhere to the Code of Conduct it should be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors.
Any issues of concern must be brought to the attention of two or more Directors at the same time and must be documented by the Directors, or the issues of concern may be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors privately, never to the entire group.
First time offences will be reviewed by the entire Board of Directors. If the majority of the Directors agree that a violation has taken place, then the offending member or family will be given a written warning to adhere to the Code of Conduct signed upon joining or membership renewals, as well as any disciplinary action necessary (i.e. repair damages, apologies made).
All further offences will be reviewed by the entire Board of Directors, and if the majority agrees, then repeated or serious infractions of these guidelines may result in additional consequences as determined by the Board of Directors. Consequences may include restricting or revoking membership privileges.
All extenuating circumstances may be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors in writing before voting takes place and they will be taken into account when deciding.
In extreme instances, the Board of Directors has the right to revoke membership without warning.
SLHN EXPECTED ETIQUETTE
Remember that when you are out in public, you are not only representing yourself but also the SLHN and the homeschooling community in general. Please be on time, courteous and respect the rules of the venues that we visit.
Please model the behavior you wish to see from your children. Refrain from speaking over teachers, tour guides and other hosts. Keep phones, tablets and other gadgetry out of classrooms unless specifically requested by a teacher or using phones for photos on field trips. When using phones for class use, always keep ringers on silent or phones turned off until time for photos.
During field trips and tours, keep in mind that you are still responsible for your own children. Please help them if they require it and help avoid class disruptions when possible.
When signing up for classes, please be mindful about your child’s age. Do not sign up for classes with older or younger suggested age ranges unless you ask and receive approval from the parent/teacher hosting the class.
Be descriptive and clear about your class expectations when you submit a class. Fully read class descriptions to ensure that the class is truly something your child will enjoy. For example, if the class has homework and you know your child will not be willing to complete the homework, refrain from signing up for that class.
Withdraw from a class as early as possible if you feel like it’s not a good fit for your child to help provide a spot for a child on a wait list who may benefit from the class.
Always tell a parent/teacher if you are going to be absent or dropping a class, even if it’s a “casual” class like recess. Teachers plan around their class numbers and absences can create an impact.
Try to allow room in your class for children on your wait list whenever possible.
ES CODE OF CONDUCT
ES is the shortened term we use for the co-op classes that take place at a local facility two Fridays per month, for a total of eight Fridays each semester. We offer a dedicated three hour session divided up into three class periods.
We are not affiliated with the Ethical Society, but they are welcoming and happy to have our group using their space.
They do request that we follow these guidelines:
All children must have a parent on duty, no matter their age. This may include you remaining in the building with your children or asking another parent to be your parent on duty (POD). ES is NOT a drop-off activity.
If there is a class in the same room after yours, please end a few minutes early so you can clean up, exit and the next class may start on time. Food is allowed but you need to be mindful to clean up after yourself and your children or ensure that they do so themselves.
Do not allow children (of any age) to wander, run, play tag, hide and seek, etc. throughout the building. Kids who need to run around may do so outside with a parent or other designated supervising adult. Please be aware of where your children are at all times.
Please respect the other people and classes in the building by keeping your voices at a conversational level. Please help the children to adjust their levels when needed.
Please help with clean up throughout your time at ES and encourage your children and yourself to help with the end of day clean up so that we leave the facility better than when we arrived and maintain a positive relationship with the Ethical Society.
To see the full list of ES details, including location and room descriptions, please log into the website and visit the forum here. These details are only available to members of the SLHN.