We maintain the following basic rules for student conduct. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with them.
Any violations of conduct, dress code, electronic use or bathroom policies will be documented.
Students are not permitted, at any time, to use cell phones or other personal electronics in a classroom. Cell phones, computers, tablets and other electronic devices must be securely put away during classes.
Students are permitted to privately use personal electronics during study hall. However, students must receive special permission from a campus supervisor to share their personal electronics and show other students what they are doing on them.
We expect our students to dress modestly and appropriately. The administration prohibits the wearing of the following on campus: tight or revealing clothing, short shorts, indecent clothing, low-cut tops, spaghetti-strap tops, belly shirts, vulgar or inappropriate sayings on clothing, excessively ripped or dirty clothing, and anything deemed inappropriate by the director. In the case of yoga pants or leggings, the student must wear a top that is, at minimum, a finger-tip length below the buttock and pelvic region.
We ask students to use the restroom between classes. We only allow students to leave class when doing so is absolutely necessary. Teachers have 55 minutes during which to teach their classes, and this policy helps reduce hallway activity during classes and minimize interruptions in learning.
Homeschool Connections does not tolerate eating in the bathroom or hanging out or hiding in the bathroom during lunch or any other activity.
Registration fees are $60 per child, due each semester. Families registering during the early registration process will receive a discount on these registration fees. There is one registration fee per child, no matter how many classes he or she is taking or how many locations he or she will be attending.
The registration fees help offset the cost of using the building for classes & event, insurance, administration and other associated overhead.
The registration fee is non-refundable.
You can save money on registration fees by taking advantage of early registration discounts and by registering for a full year at one time. For the Fall 2017 semester, our registration fee schedule is:
Every child on campus from 12:00 – 12:25 must enroll and pay for lunch, regardless of if a parent stays on campus or not. The fee for lunch is $15.00 per student, per semester.
Any student on campus without a parent and not in a class, must be enrolled in study hall . The study hall fee is $65 per hour, per semester.
A class transfer is defined as moving from one class to another in the same hour. There is a $10 fee to process a class transfer.
Classes may be added to a student’s schedule if there are openings in the class until the first class period if there are openings. After the first class period, the classes will be closed.
Dropping a class is defined as removing a class from your student’s schedule completely (vs. a Transfer, described above). Families that drop a classes up to and including the first week of the semester will be charged a $10 fee to process the change and will still be responsible for the materials fee for the dropped class. Families that drop a class during the second & third week of the semester will be charged a $10 fee to process the fee, plus the pro-rated class fee and the full amount of the materials fees. Families not returning to class after the third week of the semester will be responsible for the full amount of the class fee and materials fee.
Classes that do not meet the minimum number of enrollments will be canceled. Rearranging a student’s schedule including dropping and adding classes because of a canceled class will not be charged any additional fees.
Classes are cancelled if the schools where the classes are held are cancelled due to inclement weather. (For Example: If Rochester schools are canceled on the day when Rochester classes are held, then Rochester classes are cancelled for the day and will be made up on another day.) We will make every attempt to notify parents as soon as possible about snow days. Please be sure to check your email prior to leaving the house.
Homeschool Connections offers classes that are both academic and enrichment. Our classes are not intended to replace instruction from the parents, but to assist and partner with parents in educating their children and are designed to enrich your educational program, not take your place. The classes for younger children will have minimal outside work and will not be issued grades. Most high school level classes will have work assigned each week which is expected to be completed in a timely manner and grades recommendations will be issued upon request. If a book is required for the class, please have it by the start of classes.
Although students are taking classes with a teacher, THE PARENTS ARE THE FINAL TEACHER. This means that parents are to know what your child is studying are responsible to know what work they have or have not completed. Communication with the Connections teacher is vital to a successful year. Teachers will give you their evaluations of your student’s work, but this is a grade recommendation. If all work is not completed, they will not be able to give any kind of a grade. The high school level classes do require work to be done outside of the class. Work or tests that are copied from a test answer book or another student will be considered cheating and will not be accepted in the teacher’s grade unless arrangements have been made with the teacher beforehand.
The high school classes that are year-long classes are indicated by (Part 1). This indicates that to complete the class, you would need to take more than one session. YOU WILL NEED TO RE-REGISTER AND PAY FOR EACH SESSION to complete the next part of the class. To join a year-long midterm requires permission from the instructor.
We recognize the parents as the final authority in issuing the grades for their children, and expect parents to stay informed and involved in their children’s learning. Our classes are fee-based, not a co-op, and are an opportunity to have classes of high quality and interest for all ages together in one place at one time. Modest dress, proper and respectful behavior, conduct and speech are expected at all times. We reserve the right to accept or deny any student into any class or program at any time.
This is a drop-off program, not a co-op; parents are not required to stay on the premises but are welcome to. Although accommodations for younger children not in the program are limited, parents are welcome and encouraged to visit with each other and to meet together for support and encouragement as space allows.
Students may take any number of classes they wish at one or any of the locations. If a student has a gap in their schedule where they are not taking a class, they must sign up for study hall if they are going to remain on the premises. Students may not leave between classes unless accompanied by a parent. Driving students may leave for lunch and schedule gaps but may not take other students with them without the permission of all parents. We are not responsible for any student who leaves the premises for any reason.
Grade levels are our recommendations. Parents know their children best and know at what level they work. If a child wants to take a class that is outside the recommended grade levels, parents can discuss their child’s needs with the teacher of the class to see if the class would be appropriate for them. These classes are designed to assist you in educating your child and are designed to enrich your educational program, not take your place.
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Homeschool Bill - HB 4808 - Needs Support
ATTENTION ALL HOMESCHOOLERS AND EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS HOMESCHOOLING FREEDOMS...
Below is a press release from State Representative Reilly's office.
Rep. Reilly bill to defend privacy for homeschool students
State Rep. John Reilly introduced legislation to protect homeschooling families from a planned requirement that they submit
Educational Development Plans to a local school district.
Education Development Plans are academic and career evaluations, mandated by the state’s Department of Education for
all public school students starting in the seventh grade.
“Credible sources have reported to my office that the state Department of Education will seek a regulation to require all homeschool students taking more than two courses at a virtual academy to submit an Education Development Plan,” said Reilly, a member of the House Education Reform Committee. “We have thousands of homeschoolers across the state of Michigan that are thriving in virtual academies thanks to new found cooperation between homeschooling parents and local school districts. Maintaining student privacy has been integral in forging these new great relationships.”
House Bill 4808 was introduced today and has been assigned to the Education Reform Committee.
“We cannot jeopardize the educational progress and freedom for approximately 50,000 homeschool students in Michigan,” Reilly said. “They are doing well, so we have to make sure this co-operative relationship can continue without any limitations or invasions of privacy.”
You can read more here: http://gophouse.org/rep-reilly-bill-defend-privacy-homeschool-students/
How can we help?
1) Send this to everyone who wants to help preserve our homeschooling freedoms
2) Contact your state reps (only your representatives please!)
3) If your state representatives is on the education committee, please encourage them to pass this bill and protect our homeschooling freedoms!