ENROLLMENT STANDARDS FOR NORTHSIDE BIBLE ACADEMY HOMESCHOOL CO-OP CLASSES
Co-op classes are offered to both covering members and non-covering members. Families enrolled in the previous year will be guaranteed a slot for the coming year. Open class slots will be filled on a first come/first serve basis. Due to limited classroom space, the number of families enrolling in co-op classes will be limited to 25 families.
Parents are required to serve in one of the following areas: lead teacher, co-teacher, clean-up duty during the day as well as at the end of the day. If you haven’t already volunteered for specific classes, we will assign you a volunteer position if/when you are not teaching or in an administrative role. Parents/volunteers are given at least 1 class period hour for personal/fellowship time. Since we are a true co-op and not a drop off educational program, a child may not participate in the co-op unless his/her parent is on site.
Our goal is to aid you in your efforts to homeschool you children. If you need help with a specific course, such as Chemistry or Algebra, please let us know and we will do our best to search out someone who can help in that area. All classes offered are supplemental to what is being taught in the home and are meant for enrichment purposes only. But many of our classes will include homework that can be worked into your school schedule and counted as a full credit course. This allows us to work as a team preparing lessons and homework assignments, instead of each parent having to prepare the lessons for every subject for each of their children. We meet as a group on Monday and then homework assignements are given to the student to do at home the remainder of the week. The classes offered may vary from term to term and are determined by the willingness of group members and other volunteers to lead. Classes will include both core and elective courses.
Disclaimer: All families are welcome, no matter what their religious background. But we want all families to know up front that this is a Christian co-op and we will strive to include a Biblical world view in our courses.
Guidelines, Policies and Procedures for Northside Co-op Classes
- Respect and encourage adherence to all guidelines (we are all hall monitors and traffic/noise controllers).
- Arrive ten minutes early. If teaching, you need to arrive before the children in order to be prepared for them.
- If you cannot attend on the day you are scheduled to work, it is your responsibility to call a member of the leadership team as soon as possible and work to get lesson plans and materials to your back-up teacher.
- Remain on site at all times.
- Be willing to adhere to the Conflict and Discipline policies.
- Teachers: Before you leave your classroom to go to the next class – please take a moment to make your room tidy before the next class begins.
- Parents must agree to all co-op and church rules.
- Parents may not leave in the afternoons until all clean-up is complete.
-Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12
- Maintain a six-inch personal space boundary between self and other children. This means all hugging, hand-holding, linking of arms, hitting, punching, kicking, etc. should be reserved for outside of co-op – even if you are playing and even if you think the other person will not be bothered by your action.
- Be on time.
- Be prepared, bring supplies, books, pens, pencils.
- Understand that many classes, especially middle school and high school, will have assignments and reading that will have to be completed at home.
- Be quiet in the halls between classes – absolutely no yelling or running.
- Be respectiful of others and their property.
Conflict Resolution Policy
Unfortunately, personality conflicts and misunderstandings can happen. It is important that we agree on how to deal with these situations, should they arise. We want to have an open door policy with one another, to be able to approach any parent about any issues of concern that we experience in the classroom. We all want the very best for each child.
Based on Matthew 18, if conflict arises, parents and teachers should seek to resolve the issue on their own. If either party is unsatisfied or resolution cannot be met, the parties then need to seek the assistance of the co-op directors. As a last resort, the conflict will be taken to the Leadership Team, and they will make the final decision.
Discipline and Standards Policy
- Parents should monitor their children’s behavior when needed. Appropriate disciplinary measures should be taken privately.
- Uncooperative or disruptive children will be removed from activities. Children should respect authorities.
- For minor infractions, the child will be given a verbal warning, and a written note will be give to the parent.
- In case of more serious disciplinary issues, the following should be considered standard procedure:
- Child will be given a verbal warning by the instructor, and parent will receive written notice.
- If unacceptable behavior continues, the child will be taken to his/her parent for the rest of the day.
- If this behavior continues in class the student may be dismissed from class and may be withdrawn from the co-op and no fees will be refunded.
- Northside Bible Academy reserves the right to expel any student from the co-op, if disruptive behavior fails to be curtailed.
- Parents need to be willing to allow the instructors to discipline their children according to the procedures outlined above and must be willing to abide by the instructor’s decision to dismiss their children from the class if the instructor deems it necessary.
Registration is done on a first come first served basis. Teachers and Leaders and covering members will be given the opportunity to register early. Should the co-op have to close due to size limitations, families may be put on the waiting list and invited to fill vacated spots at the discretion of the Leadership Team.
We do not want to have anyone excluded because of lack of finances. If you truly are not able to afford part or all of these fees, send a written request for a scholarship. Scholarships will be given according to family need and funding available.
Release Form Policy
It is required to have a release/disclaimer form on file for each family, signed by BOTH parents, in order for them to be permitted to participate in the co-op. If you are a covering member – we should already have your form on file. Registration WILL NOT be accepted without a properly completed form. Thank you for your cooperation.
If keeping a sick child home, remember that well children may only attend classes if their parent is on site or if special arrangements have been made with another parent or family member to oversee your children. But this cannot happen n a regular bases, as we need all parents involved and present to deal with any possible discipline issues.
People with the following symptoms should not attend:
- Fever (within the last twenty-four hours)
- Colored mucus (yellow or green snotty nose)
- Disrrhea, vomiting or nausea
- Eye drainage
- Virus or infection (known to be contagious)
- Rashes (including bleeding diaper rashes)
- Head Lice
This is for the protection of the children and families involved, so we can continue to provide the highest quality program for all children. Please be considerate of others regarding your children and illnesses.
Clean Up Policy
It takes many people to clean up all classrooms, the gym, fellowship hall and kitchen after co-0p classes each week. Please don’t assume someone else will do the work. If we all work together, the load will be easy and the church will be left cleaner than when we arrived. We must put away all balls/gym equipment when finished using it. No food or drink is allowed in the gym.
Other General Guidelines
- Children are not allowed to leave the building without permission. Small children cannot leave the building without being accompanied by an older sibling or adult.
- Children are not allowed to enter the sanctuary/worship center without permission. Children must not get on the alter at any time unless specified by admin.
- Children are not allowed to enter the kitchen area or to use kitchen equipment without an adult present.
- All consumable supplies and food items in the church kitchen are property of the church and are not available for our use/consumption. We will all try to keep a supply of paper plates, cups and paper towels stocked for our use.
- Children are not allowed in rooms not approved for classroom use. Children cannot roam around and explore the church when not in class. The fellowship hall and gym area are always available for study and recreation during down time.
- If there are any areas of concern or special needs of your child, please communicate that directly to the teacher so we can all work to help the child as much as possible. We want to find the best way to help each individual child learn to the most possible.
Parents/students are required to copy down the homework assignments for themselves. All homework will be posted on the Co-op facebook page also. Please make sure your child gets homework assignments turned in on time so classes can stay on schedule as much as possible. If the homework load becomes too much/too little for your child, please feel free to discuss this with the teacher. We will work to be as flexible and accommodating as possible to each child’s level and learning style.