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Homeschool Connections is a Christian organization.  While on-site, you must be respectful of the beliefs and values reflected in the Statement of Faith and Statement of Beliefs.  The information in this handbook reflects our belief that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.

Information & Guidelines

Connections is designed for families.  You must be the parent or legal guardian of any children you bring to Connections, and one parent must be present on-site with your children.

  • Communication:  Our primary method of communication is via email.  Please check your email on a regular basis, and notify us if your email address changes.  We send only information directly related to Connections.  At Connections, you are also provided with a mailbox folder to facilitate paper communication and tuition payment.  Please check your folder weekly.
  • Jobs:  Every week you are responsible to complete at least one organizational job for each day you participate in Connections’ classes.  You may need to arrive earlier or stay later than your class times in order to perform your job.  If you need to be absent, please find a replacement.
  • Campus hours:  8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your first class, and leave in a timely manner after your last class.  At the end of the day, all families must vacate the campus promptly.
  • Closed campus:  Connections is a closed campus.  Students may not leave campus between classes without parental consent.  Graduated students and Running Start students who are not registered in Homeschool Connections may not be on campus during class hours.
  • When not in class:  Students must be in Study Hall, the Monday Playroom*, or in a car with their parent.  Students may not be in the hallways or common areas of the facility during class hours.  *Enrolling a child in the playroom requires your assistance in the playroom on a rotating basis, in addition to your regular job assignment.
  • Drinks:  Students may only have water in classrooms.  Drinks must be in a closed container.  Please clean up spills and report them to the welcome table.
  • Food:  Eating is only allowed in the designated lunchrooms, Open Study Hall, or outside.  Please clean up after yourself.
  • Attire:  Clothing should be modest.  Please consider length of shorts, hemlines, and necklines.  Shirts must cover backs and midriffs.  Shoes are required.  Attire should not be distracting to others.  If not dressed appropriately, you may be asked by a board member to cover up or return home to change.
  • Conduct:  Public displays of affection between couples are not allowed.  Greeting hugs between friends should be brief and respectful.  Physical aggression, bullying, or foul language is not acceptable.
  • Tutoring:  Tutoring for the exchange of money (payment) may not take place on campus.
  • Play ball in designated areas only:  When a parent is present to supervise, students may play games in the coned-off area in the parking lot at the churches.
  • Drive slowly:  All drivers need to drive safely and slowly through the parking lot, as you would in a school zone.
  • Dangerous items:  According to RCW 9.41.270 (1), “It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.”  As with all Connections policies, each parent or legal guardian has primary responsibility for enforcing the policy with their own student(s).  If a violation of the policy is reported to a board member, the parent of the accused student will be notified and action will be taken as deemed appropriate.
  • Illegal acts:  We do not condone and will report any illegal acts on campus.
  • Parents:  We encourage parents to attend classes with their children, but please do not visit during class, limit your coming and going, and silence your cell phone.
  • Siblings:  Siblings (except nursing infants) are not allowed to attend classes for which they are not registered.
  • Illness:  Please keep sick family members at home.  Contact the facilitator and/or teacher to get assignments and information missed.
  • Activities:  Monday and Wednesday classes, and band, choir, and drama performances are official Homeschool Connections events and are the only activities covered by our liability insurance.
  • To drop a class:  Notify the class facilitator, and pay the drop fee.
  • To withdraw entirely from Connections:
    • Notify all your class facilitators.
    • Pay drop fees.
    • Notify the Database board member.
    • Notify the appropriate Monday Jobs and/or Wednesday Jobs board member.
Parent Absences

A parental presence on-site is mandatory.  Dropping off your student(s) without following one of these policies is not allowed.

  • If an emergency arises and you must be temporarily absent:  Ask another Connections parent to be your temporary Substitute Parent.  Let your student(s) know; fill out and put a Parent Off-Site Emergency Form in your mailbox folder and in a board member's folder.  Note:  Neither a grandparent, adult sibling, nanny, etc. may act as your Substitute Parent.
  • For parents of students 15 years and older:  If it becomes a hardship for a parent to be present on a consistent basis, he/she may apply for an exemption.
Church Facilities

We are guests of the host facilities and expect everyone to behave as such.

  • Please do not ask the church staff for help; direct all questions to the welcome table or a board member.
  • Use only those areas at the churches that are designated for Connections’ use.
  • When outside, stay off fences and out of landscaping.  All church playgrounds are off limits.
  • Bicycles, roller shoes, skates, skateboards, scooters, or roller blades are not allowed in the church building or parking lot.
  • Only working service animals are allowed inside the church.  Dogs are not allowed on church grounds.

Failure to comply with these policies may jeopardize your privilege to participate in Homeschool Connections’ classes.  Talk with a board member if you have extenuating circumstances regarding these policies.  The board reserves the right to deny participation to any family or student.

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