Policies


This is not a complete list of LHS policies.  Policies are subject to change without notice or update.  Policies are voted on by the Board of Directors. If you are looking for a specific policy, and cannot find it here, please email us at LouisvilleHomeschool@gmail.com

Mission Statement:

Louisville Homeschool is dedicated to providing homeschooled children with opportunities to participate in educational classes, field trips, and activities. Louisville Homeschool proudly welcomes ALL people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion or lack thereof, gender, age, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or disability.

Values:

  • To teach and demonstrate acceptance for all people
  • Positively enrich the lives of homeschoolers
  • Provide excellent educational opportunities in a secular atmosphere

 

Behavior Expectations for all LHS Events and Activities

Behavior expectations: Be Respectful to persons and property. We value kindness and inclusiveness and use a problem solving approach to conflict. When issues arise, clearly and calmly state the problem and collectively work toward solution.

Children who display acts of aggression, violence, vulgarity, or other offensive behaviors may be asked to leave the event.

The following actions will be taken when a child’s behavior poses a problem for the group members:

  1. Parent will be asked to address the situation.
  2. For the safety of the children, if problem behavior continues, parent will be asked to remove the child temporarily from the group.
  3. If after returning to the group, the behavior persists, the group may request to remove the child for the remainder of the event, and the behavior will be reported to the board. If the child is repeatedly reported to the board, the family will have their membership revoked in accordance with the LHS by-laws Article III, Section 4.
  4. If a child’s behavior is deemed severe by the volunteers present (ie. sexual misbehavior, extreme violence or aggression, etc), the volunteers and parents present should ensure the victim is in a safe environment, call the authorities, and then contact the board. The family will have their membership revoked in accordance with the LHS by-laws Article III, Section 4.

Parents are encouraged to use a problem solving approach towards helping children understand behavior expectations and to resolve any ongoing issues.

If at any time, a member (parent or child) creates problems within the group, that member may be asked to leave. This group exists to benefit families who are homeschooling (or considering), and we reserve the right to maintain the integrity of the group through the removal of any member who does not support these goals or otherwise interferes with these goals. Removal of a member must be agreed upon by a 2/3rds majority of the Board of Directors.

We do not provide child care services. Parents/Guardians are fully responsible for the health, care, and well-being of their children. Be respectful of other people, the environment we are in, and any equipment or supplies. When it is time to go, leave everything in the same or better condition than when you found it. (eg. clean up all trash before you go, even if you didn’t bring or leave any of the trash that is on the ground).

 


 

Communication Policy

 

Communication is a key element of what Louisville Homeschool does. To promote open communication between members, the board, and the homeschooling community at large. We have a variety of options including our members only Facebook group, our public Facebook group, our Yahoo Group, our business Facebook page, email, and private forums on our website.

Email is LHS’s primary means of communication. Email is used for private communications, notices to the homeschooling community, as well as a means for the board to communicate with members. The official email address is LouisvilleHomeschool@gmail.com. You may also receive private emails from board members, teachers, and other members.

Facebook is the most common way for members to communicate. We have a private, members only group available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LHSMembers/, as well as a much larger closed Facebook group that is open to all homeschoolers at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LouisvilleHS/. We also have a Business page at https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleHS.

Please note, the board does not respond to private messages on Facebook; all communications with the board need to be emailed to LouisvilleHomeschool@gmail.com.

Private Website Forum LHS has private forums available for all members on our website at http://louisvillehomeschool.org/forums/

 


 

Confidentiality

Every individual has the right to complete confidentiality.

Grievances: We request that no grievance between adults EVER be handled in front of students. We also request that everyone involved keep the matter confidential. There should be no outside involvement without the knowledge of all parties involved. This includes talking to other parents/teachers, posting on social media, emails and other public forums. In addition, please use discretion in disciplining children in your care.

Academics: Disclosing children’s abilities, performance, struggles, or special needs should be up to the children and their caregivers, not their teachers. While a healthy classroom environment requires communication between teachers and caregivers, those communications should be kept confidential as much as possible.

 


 

Conflict Resolution

All human endeavors can suffer conflict, and conflict often offers an opportunity for growth. LHS strives for peaceful resolution to any and all conflicts, in ways that provide respect and support for LHS and all its members.

Should anyone experience disagreement/grievance within LHS they must adhere to the following steps for resolving the conflict. During this process it is absolutely necessary that complete confidentiality be upheld. Refusal to keep matters confidential may lead to removal from membership in LHS.
First Step: Discuss the problem with the person with whom you have a disagreement. Children should ask for the assistance of an adult if needed. If both parties cannot reach agreement in a way that lets them move forward in LHS then proceed to the next step.

Second Step: Parties involved need to meet with a member of the Board for mediation.  If mediation is unsuccessful, proceed to the next step.

Third Step: The issue must be presented to a quorum of the Board. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Board.


Safety

  • Every child must have an adult caregiver on the premises for any activity, co-op, field trip, or other event.
  • All caregivers, volunteers, teachers, and other adults may be subjected to a basic background check performed by persons selected by the Board. If a background check is performed, items of concern revealed by the background check will prevent an individual from participating in any capacity with LHS.
  • Under Kentucky law, every adult is a mandatory reporter of suspected child abuse. We remind our parents, members, and volunteers to be responsible and aware.
    Signs of child abuse may include:
  • Unexplained Injuries: Visible signs of physical abuse may include unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects. You may also hear unconvincing explanations of a child’s injuries.
  • Changes in Behavior: Abuse can lead to many changes in a child’s behavior. Abused children often appear scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn and more aggressive.
  • Returning to Earlier Behaviors: Abused children may display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, fear of the dark or strangers. For some children, even the loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue.
  • Fear of Going Home: Abused children may express apprehension or anxiety about leaving school or about going places with the person who is abusing them.
  • Changes in Eating: The stress, fear and anxiety caused by abuse can lead to changes in a child’s eating behaviors, which may result in weight gain or loss.
  • Changes in Sleeping: Abused children may have frequent nightmares or have difficulty falling asleep, and as a result may appear tired or fatigued.
  • Changes on School Performance and Attendance: Abused children may have difficulty concentrating in school or have excessive absences, sometimes due to adults trying to hide the child’s injuries from authorities.
  • Lack of personal Care or Hygiene: Abused and neglected children may appear uncared for. They may present as consistently dirty and have severe body odor, or they may lack sufficient clothing for the weather.
  • Risk Taking Behavior: Young people who are being abused may engage in high-risk activities such as using drugs or alcohol or carrying a weapon.
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors: Children who have been sexually abused may exhibit overly sexualized behavior or use explicit sexual language. (fromOne With Courage Utahhttp://onewithcourageutah.org/leaders-of-youth-activities/)

What to do if you suspect abuse: If a child is in IMMEDIATE danger, call 911. If you suspect abuse but do not think the child is in immediate danger, use the Statewide Abuse Reporting Hotline, 1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331. You can choose to make an anonymous report. After reporting to the authorities, please confidentially notify at least one member of the Board so that the Board can take any needed action to keep everyone safe.

 


Sick Policy

Your child may NOT participate if they:

  • Have had a fever in the past 24 hours.
  • Have ANY discharge from the eyes or nose.
  • Have experienced diarrhea or vomiting in the past 24 hours.
  • Have ANY type of rash or unidentified skin irritation that has not been diagnosed as non-contagious by a physician or nurse practitioner.
  • Have a severe cough.
  • Have head lice.

We trust your discretion in deciding whether or not your child is well enough to participate, however, for the sake of everyone, if your child is noticed with any of these conditions, you will be asked to leave the activity, event, etc. Please understand our decisions are made in the best interest of all those who participate. Refunds or Credits will not be made for functions missed due to illness.