What is a Homeschool Co-op?
A co-op is a co-operative effort between homeschooling parents to provide classes and opportunities for their children that might be otherwise difficult or too costly to provide at the family level.
Mission of GUIDE Co-op
GUIDE is directed by a Leadership Team of Christian homeschoolers. For our Statement of Faith, see our website. All classes will reflect a Christian perspective that honors our Lord. No class will teach anything that would be in direct conflict with our Statement of Faith.
We offer a variety of class choices for our elementary, junior high and high school students each hour. Preschool-aged siblings are welcome and you will find class options for them on the schedule. Our classes are mainly physical activities and enrichment classes. We like classes to be enjoyable for our students so we offer a wide variety of enrichment classes.
If you would like to join our co-op classes, here are some of our general rules. Please read through them and discuss them with your family prior to co-op classes starting.
GUIDE Co-op Rules
If one of your children is ill, your other children ages 5+ may attend GUIDE under direct supervision of another approved adult. Please contact Tammy as soon as possible to let her know of the changes. Please do not assume that you may send your children with someone else. No Drop Offs!
Parents must be on site at all times. In case of an emergency where you must leave church grounds, ask another parent to be directly responsible for your children. Notify your children and someone from leadership.
Parent Responsibilities: A parent will serve in two or more of the following capacities: teach or assist with a class, supervise or assist in the nursery or playroom, monitor the hallway, or various other necessary duties. We are required to clean up the church after GUIDE. All families will be assigned a week to stay and clean. Please trade with someone if your week doesn’t work, and then let the cleaning directory know of your change.
Please review these rules with your children:
1. Be respectful of classes in session and of learning happening. If someone is speaking, be attentive. Anyone disrupting class will be asked to leave.
2. Please arrive promptly for your classes. Allowing a few extra minutes to get everyone situated is a good plan. The building will be open at 8:30am.
3. Inappropriate conversation, gestures, clothing or aggressive play will not be permitted.
4. Off limit areas include the hallway behind the sanctuary, the sanctuary, and unsupervised rooms.
5. If your child brings a snack, please have it be non-messy. Absolutely no red drinks in the church.
6. The lawn may be used, but children must be directly supervised by an adult.
7. Parents must stay on site while their children attend GUIDE.
8. Coats should be hung on racks. Backpacks should be left neatly out of the way.
10. No loitering in the bathrooms.
11. If a child is not in class, they must be directly supervised by a parent or adult.
12. No children of any age can be outside unless supervised by an adult.
13. Sick children belong at home, not at GUIDE. (See health policies)
14. A child may not attend GUIDE as a visitor unless prior permission is obtained from leadership.
15. No smoking, drinking alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons allowed at co-op.
16. Any public display of boyfriend/girlfriend relationships is not acceptable at the co-op. Teen boys and girls should not be alone together except in a public area.
17. Show respect for all adults and peers. Address adults in the manner they prefer. If unknown, please use titles of respect (Mr., Mrs., Miss).
18. All participants must treat the church facilities and equipment with the utmost care and respect. GUIDE does not carry insurance and does not have a budget to cover repairs to the building, or equipment. GUIDE parents are responsible for and will be asked to pay for any damages that may occur to the building, grounds, or equipment.
GUIDE co-op is a commitment. Please remember also this is a co-operative, which means we all make it happen as a team. Because of the example we are setting for our children, it is important to be on time and to fulfill our commitments. Ideally, you will be at every co-op. However, we realize that sometimes there will be unavoidable situations that cause you to miss. We ask that you arrange for your own substitute when possible and then notify us of that change. If it is an emergency, please let us know and we will make sure your area is covered. You must call us as soon as possible if you are not going to attend co-op.
All GUIDE participants, children and adults, must be dressed modestly and appropriately while attending the program. If you are unsure if something is appropriate, it is probably wise to choose another item of clothing. Tight fitting clothing should be avoided. No in appropriate slogans or illustrations. Girls that wish to wear dresses should wear shorts under their dresses if engaged in physical activities.
Every adult, not just teachers, are expected to intervene if disruptive or disrespectful behavior is observed. All parents are responsible for enforcing the GUIDE rules listed above. It is understood that if anyone in your family violates the rules, it will jeopardize your participation in the coop. The leadership team reserves the right to deny participation to any student or family. Parents will be contacted if a disciplinary problem arises and may be asked to remove their child from class. Parents are responsible for their children’s actions and behavior.
Guidelines for handling disruptive behavior in class:
1st Offense – Speak to the student asking him/her to stop the particular behavior and give a warning if it is not stopped.
2nd Offense – Remind the student to stop and seat the student next to an adult. Inform parents of issue.
3rd Offense – Remove the student from the class and escort them to one of the Leadership Team Members. If a student is excessively rude or aggressive, steps one and two can be skipped. If the student continues to act out during the semester, they will be asked not to return.
Medical Release & Waiver of Liability
Each family will be asked to sign a form releasing GUIDE and their employees and volunteers from any liability for damage or injury. Signing this form also grants permission for GUIDE to use photographs taken at co-op in printed and electronic publications, as well as for co-op participants to be listed in a group directory.
Sick children belong at home, not at GUIDE. Do not put sick children in the nursery or toddler room. GUIDE shall not permit a child who has symptoms of illness specified below to be admitted to our Nursery, Playroom, or classes, unless written documentation from a health care provider states the child has been diagnosed and poses no serious health risk to the child or other children.
The symptoms of illness for possible exclusion shall include, but not be limited to any of the following:
A. Temperature: infants four (4) months old and younger, equivalent to 100 degrees or greater, even if there has not been a change in behavior (fever must be gone for 24 hour with out meds before child will be admitted).
B. Temperature: children older than four (4) months, equivalent to 101 degrees or greater, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness (fever must be gone for 24 hour with out meds before child will be admitted).
C. Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness (such as unusual lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, inexplicable irritability, persistent crying, difficult breathing, wheezing, or other unusual signs).
D. Uncontrolled diarrhea, that is, increased number of stools, increased stool water, and/or decreased form that is not contained by the diaper.
E. Vomiting illness (two (2) or more episodes of vomiting in the previous twenty-four (24)hours) until the vomiting is resolved.
F. Rash with fever or behavior change until a health care provider determines that these symptoms do not indicate a communicable disease.
G. Purulent conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eyedischarge), until twenty-four (24) hours after antibiotic treatment has been initiated.
H. Head Lice, until twenty-four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated.
I. Impetigo, until twenty-four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated.
J. Strep throat or other streptococcal infection, until twenty-four (24) hours after initial antibiotic treatment and cessation of fever.
K. Varicella-Zoster (chicken pox), until all sores have dried and crusted (usually six (6) days).
L. Pertussis, until five (5) days of antibiotic treatment.
M. Mumps, until nine (9) days after onset of parotid gland swelling.
N. Hepatitis A virus, until one (1) week after onset of illness, jaundice or a directed by the health department when passive immunoprophylaxis (currently, immune serum globulin) has been administered to appropriate children and staff.
O. Measles, until five (5) days after onset of rash.
P. Rubella, until six (6) days after onset of rash. Herpetic gingivostomatitis (cold sores), if the child is too young to have control of oral secretions.
R. Any unspecified illness if it limits the child’s comfortable participation in activities or if it results in excessive attention or work on the part of the staff.
If any of these symptoms starts after the child is in the care of the Nursery or Playroom, or in a co-op class, the child will be removed to the parents’ care immediately
Teacher and Assistant Responsibilities
Please be prepared to teach your class and arrive in your room at least 5 minutes before the start of your class. If you teach first hour, please walk with your students to the classroom from the activity center. If you teach the last hour, please walk your whole class down to the activity center for closing and try to straighten up your room.
If you are going to be absent, please make arrangements with your assistant to teach your class and let the leadership team know you will not be there, so we can make arrangements for another assistant
If you have disciplinary issues in your class, please speak to the parent that day and also please inform one of the leadership team.
Keep attendance using the attendance sheet given. This is for your purposes only. NO child should switch classes without parent and leadership approval.
The assistant is there to help you in any way possible. Please use her/him where you need help.
Every teacher will be asked to sign a statement of faith.
Your job is to help the teacher in any way possible. This may include: taking kids to the restroom, taking attendance, passing out items, helping students with projects, keeping the kids attention for the teacher. If the teacher is going to be absent, we’d like to have you teach the class for her, since you will know what is going on. We will have another assistant for you for that time period.
Please share any concerns you have with the class to the teacher and/or to someone on leadership. You and the teacher are partners in the class and we would love for you to work as a team.
Help the students get from one room to the next at class changes. Our building is small, but we don’t want students wandering the halls, so please help any student that has questions about where they need to go.
Remain in the classroom at all times.
If you assist last hour, please help the teacher clean up the room including: chairs pushed in, toys picked up, tables wiped down, and garbage taken out.