Requirements for Membership
- Be actively engaged in homeschooling at least one (or more) of their school-aged children. (5 by September 1st).
- Complete application, pay dues, and receive new member orientation. Fee is $110 (nonrefundable) for the current fiscal year.
- Pay teacher dues on time and communicate with board and teacher of any circumstances preventing timely payment.
- Should a family decide or need to withdraw/drop out of a class, they must inform the teacher as soon as possible. Parents are responsible for full year tuition payment unless approved by board and the impacted teacher.
- While the Board encourages discussion regarding the operations of the group, members must be respectful in word and deed of the authority of THE BEACON CO-OP’s Board, Statement of Faith, Rules of Conduct & General Guidelines. If you have issue with the Board’s operation of the group, please see the director.
- Be an active participant in group functions to enhance the opportunities provided.
- Participate in and keep up to date with online Google communication group.
- Volunteer in at least one (1) Service Project for the Church (min. of 1 hour) and one (1) volunteer shift per semester.
Rights and Privileges of Membership
- Members shall be entitled to participation in all THE BEACON CO-OP events and activities throughout its fiscal year that runs from May 1– April 30th of the current fiscal year.
- Members shall be eligible for discounts upon joining with HSLDA and THSC.
- Members shall be eligible for other services/opportunities that may be provided during a particular year.
Rules of Conduct
These guidelines set a standard of conduct to be followed by all Members during all THE BEACON CO-OP events no matter the place.
- Parents and students need to dress modestly. Due to so much variety in clothing styles, THE BEACON CO-OP does not enforce a “Dress Code”. We do ask that you look at yourself and your child before attending a THE BEACON CO-OP event and ask yourself if what you are wearing could cause someone to stumble. With that in mind, we ask that all shirts cover midriffs, and shorts or skirts cover most upper thigh area, even when bending over. Please also be respectful in graphics and wording on clothing. The Board will notify parents if anyone in the family is wearing inappropriate or offensive attire. (1 Timothy 2:8-10)
- Children need to be respectful to adults and/or peers and willing to receive guidance from those in charge of activities. (Exodus 20:12, Eph. 6:1, 1 Peter 5:5-6) Inappropriate language, conversations, and boyfriend-girlfriend situations or PDA are not acceptable. Likewise, inappropriate visuals or audios on any electronic device are not acceptable at THE BEACON COOP events. (Ephesians 4:29)
- Treatment of facilities will be in accordance with the rules of the facility. Each person is responsible for cleaning up after themselves and their children and in helping to clean-up after each activity. Please see the Coordinator for each specific event.
- Children must follow all technology rules per classroom.
- We are primarily a drop-off co-op. Parents are not required to teach or assist in classes, but they are required to volunteer at a minimum of 1x per year. Children under 10 are required to have a parent or other responsible adult present to help them move between classes and supervise the child during free time and lunch.
- As a fellowship of believers, we are called to be different from the world. For resolving conflicts within THE BEACON CO-OP, Matthew 18:15-17 shall be our guide. Please help us deal with inevitable personality conflicts and misunderstandings in a proactive, Christian way.
- If a conflict arises where the THE BEACON CO-OP Policies and Procedures are breached or discord is being sown among our homeschool group, parents should pray first and then try to resolve the issue together. Go to the person and discuss the situation privately.
- If a resolution cannot be met, the parties then need to seek the assistance of the Board.
- The involved parties will meet with the entire Board to air their grievances with the goal of reconciliation and resolution of the conflict.
- Depending on the severity of the conflict, the Board will determine the appropriate course of action. Our prayer is that any situation that may arise may be worked out for the good of all and come to a positive resolution.
- Consequences may include a warning, suspension from events for a given time period, or termination of membership.
- If a person's membership is terminated, the Board asks that members of the group please not discuss anything that is posted on the THE BEACON CO-OP loop with terminated member due to membership privacy concerns.
- If you are involved in a conflict, you may be put on “temporary moderated status” in the email group -- meaning all posts must be approved by a board member.
- Must meet and fulfill membership requirements.
- Must commit time & talents in volunteer position for one complete fiscal year as circumstances allow.
- Carry out specific duties as described for individual Volunteer positions (see Bylaws, which you will receive upon registration).
- Work in harmony with Events Coordinator and fellow members.
- POTENTIAL Volunteer Organizer positions: Food Drive, Service Project, Teen & Tween Teen group organizer, Science Fair Organizer, etc.