HEED HANDBOOK & CODE OF CONDUCT 

HEED HANDBOOK & CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Mission Statement

To serve God by assisting families in our call to home educate our children.


Philosophy of HEED

HEED is not a school but instead a program to assist home educating parents to fulfill their responsibility by locating and securing qualified independent instructors to enrich their home education program. We believe it is the responsibility of parents to train the minds of their own children to think rationally and biblically, to discern truth, and express thoughts clearly and persuasively. HEED assists parents by providing the opportunity to join with other families to offer the best possible educational experiences for their children. The parent ultimately remains the teacher. The HEED instructor is a facilitator, instructing the student in class, while the parent oversees and leads the student throughout the week. HEED also provides community for middle and high school aged students in an environment where they are encouraged to seek God first and to pursue academic excellence.


Organization

HEED is a branch of the Home Education Connection, Inc., a non-profit corporation seeking to assist families in their call to home educate their children. Donations are greatly encouraged to provide financial assistance to families in need.  HEED Directors: Jeanne Campbell, Susan Puchferran and Elizabeth Barber. HEED Associate Director: Sara Hoza

 

 

Commitments

 

HEED Directors commit to:

~Provide a schedule of classes for students to enrich their educational goals and prepare them with future ready skills for the next steps in their education.

~Seek to match available instructors and courses with the academic needs of students. Criteria for instructors will include educational experience, mastery of material, ability to teach, personal integrity, and a love for the Lord.

 ~HEED requires that instructor candidates undergo a criminal background check. ~HEED directors reserve the right to replace one instructor with another if the circumstances become necessary.

~Attempt to maximize learning by maintaining a class size between 8 and 24 students per class depending on class structure and number of instructors.
~Provide an active website and updates to inform HEED families of all pertinent information and announcements.

~Serve as a liaison with our host facility.

 

HEED Instructors Commit to:

 

~Provide quality instruction in a Christian environment.
~Provide parents with course description, textbook list, class syllabus and schedules to specify expectations and assignments for each class.

~Maintain and utilize an online LMS, learning management system that keeps families informed of all course material and assignments.

~Communicate with parents and directors about any difficulties with a student’s behavior or assignments.
~Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.

 

 

HEED Parents Commit to:

 

~Volunteer at HEED one day per semester.  (new policy for 2019-2020) Parents who wish to volunteer more at HEED are encouraged to cover for families who find this a hardship.  This will be the responsibility of each family to volunteer or make arrangements with other families.  Both moms and dads are welcome to serve. (Families with only 1 HEED class are required to volunteer only once per year.)

~Sign the release of liability waver and the statement of faith on the registration form.

~Purchase books and materials and pay instructors in a timely manner at the beginning of the school year. All tuition monies will be collected on August 1st. No students are permitted to attend classes with a tuition balance. 

~Attend the Fall Back to HEED/School Night to meet with the directors and their student’s instructors.


~Log in to HEED’s learning management system, the Toolbox, to monitor assignments, post grades, get instruction from and communicate with instructors.

~Oversee their students HEED classes to provide their students with proper accountability to ensure that all assignments are completed on time with integrity, and that their student is fully prepared to participate in class. Some courses will require the parent to correct work at home.

~Communicate with HEED instructors, to inform them ahead of time of planned absences, make arrangements for missed lessons, or regarding any changes or concerns about their student’s work.

~Make sure students arrive on time for classes (5 minutes before class begins, do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes prior to class) dressed appropriately and that they are picked up promptly after class. (See Dress Policy.)

~HEED parents must pick up or supervise their students if the students have more than one free period between classes. Students may stay for 1 free period at HEED if it is between two classes. Students are only permitted to stay during lunch if they have a class period before lunch in the morning and a class in the afternoon.
~Pick up their children in a timely manner after their student’s last class ends.

~Support and help enforce the HEED policy regarding no cell phones, tablets, smart watches, or electronic devices with internet access on campus. Phones found on campus will be given to the directors for a parent to retrieve.  If a student is caught with a phone twice this may lead to lead to a student’s dismissal from HEED.
~Obey the HEED dress code themselves (parents) when on HEED’s campus
~Obey traffic rules including driving very slowly in the parking lot.
~Enter in any online grades in the LMS in a timely manner as required by the instructor.
~Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.
~Review with their children and then sign and agree to abide by the policies set forth in the HEED Code of Conduct and the HEED Handbook at the beginning of each year.


 

HEED Students commit to:

 

~Abide by the rules of dress and conduct. (See Code of Conduct.)

Dress policy- Recognizing that different people have different standards of modesty; we are asking students to proactively take a conservative approach that reasonably avoids offense to anyone.

In Young Men: Out of respect for classmates and instructors, young men may not wear shirts that display messages or symbols that are profane, promote alcohol, drugs or sexual immodesty. Also tank tops or muscle shirts are not permitted at HEED for boys. Waistline of pants or shorts must be worn above the hips, so that underwear is not visible at the waist.
In Young Women: Out of respect for classmates and instructors, young ladies may not wear shorts, yoga style athletic pants or short skirts; long pants, jeans or skirts or dresses to the knee are permitted; no tight shirts or revealing blouses; no bare midriffs; no tank tops, no spaghetti straps unless worn underneath a sleeved shirt; waistline of pants may not be worn below the hips showing underwear or midriff; no shirts with profane or inappropriate messages or symbols.

Students who arrive at HEED dressed inappropriately (in the judgment of any HEED instructor or director) may be sent home.


~Come prepared for class and complete all assignments on time. Students who fall significantly behind on assignments without legitimate reason, in the judgment of the instructor and the HEED board, will be dismissed from class with no refund.

~Maintain a satisfactory grade point average in each class. A student who fails to maintain a C/70% average for a class, will be placed on academic probation. The student will have a period of 30 days to raise his/her grade to the satisfactory level. If, based on the instructor's appraisal, the student fails to raise the grade satisfactorily then the student may be dismissed from the class indefinitely. The instructor and the board will make the decision for dismissal, and no refund will be given.

~Participate in class without being a distraction to the instructor or other students in class.
~Students may not bring cell phones, tablets, smart watches, or any electronic devices with Internet access to the HEED campus.

The volunteer on duty will have a cell phone for students to use during the day; parents will also have that number.

~ Obey traffic rules including driving very slowly in the parking lot.
~Be in their seats and prepared for class at the start of the class period. Students are expected to go to the restroom during the breaks between classes, and not during the classes.

~Attempt to handle all difficulties and conflicts with integrity and in a biblical manner, according to the guidelines of Matthew 18:15-17.
~Treat all instructors, directors, and volunteers with respect and honor
~Not leave the HEED campus between classes without special exception from both parent and HEED director.

~Students who drive their own vehicles to HEED must comply with a 10 mph speed limit in the church parking lot and driveway.
~Stay during lunch only if they have a class before lunch and a class in the afternoon. Students may eat in the lunchroom or designated eating areas only.  

~Students must respect church property and strive to keep the lunchroom and classes clean by picking up after themselves immediately.

~Review with their parents and then sign and agree to abide by the policies set forth in the HEED Code of Conduct and the HEED Handbook at the beginning of each year.

 

 

 

Student Code of Conduct

 

HEED is intended to provide instruction to self-disciplined young men and women. Students must be prepared, attentive, and free from distraction to benefit from this type of educational opportunity.

~All students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with biblical standards and in a manner, which will not be distracting to other students.
~We expect students to exemplify excellence in their personal behavior, conducting themselves in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Philippians 1:27 "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

~Students will act in such a way that their words and actions promote the unity and encouragement of fellow HEED students.

~Students violating personal or academic integrity (plagiarism or cheating) may be dismissed from HEED with no refund.

~Cell phones are not permitted at HEED. Students should leave cell phones at home, lock them in their car, or drop them off with a director. (The volunteer on duty will always have a cell phone available if a parent needs to contact a student or if student needs to make a call.

~Students must avoid gossiping to or about others.

~Students must respect the church property, drive slowly in the parking lot, and obey HEED’s traffic rules.

~Students will avoid acting in such a way that is considered disruptive, distracting, disrespectful, offensive, immoral, intimidating, flirtatious, or rude. Any form of bullying will not be tolerated.

~Poor attitude is grounds for immediate dismissal from HEED without refund.

~Students must dress modestly adhering to the Dress Policy set forth in the HEED handbook. Students who arrive at HEED dressed inappropriately (in the judgment of any HEED instructor or director) will be sent home.

~Students must respect the church property.

~Students must respect the property of others by not touching anything that does not belong to them without permission.

~Students may not climb on any walls of the building.

~No chewing gum is permitted on the church campus.

~Students may not bring pocket-knives, or any other object that could be used as a weapon.

~Any damage caused by a student to the building, tables, or other church property is the financial responsibility of that student and his/her family.

 

Parents are responsible for their own children’s behavior to ensure they are acting in accordance with the HEED Code of Conduct and all HEED policies. Any student who does not abide by the HEED Code of Conduct and all policies set forth by HEED may be dismissed without refund. 

Your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be their peace.  Isaiah 54:13

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