Archway Classes
Elementary and Middle School Enrichment Classes

Policies

Supervision

Children must be supervised by an adult at ALL TIMES while attending Archway Classes Anytime your child is on-site at Archway, he/she should be under the direct supervision of a parent or other designated adult.  It is fine for you to run a quick errand during your child's class time, but please do not leave him/her unattended after or between classes. 

Parents should maintain visual contact with children under their supervision at all times, and should do their best to maintain a quiet and calm atmosphere in the common area.  If you are on-site with a child who is not in class, please bring something quiet for him to work on.  This can be a great time for quiet family reading or worksheets!  If you choose to allow your child to play outside, you must go outside with him/her.

Dress Code

While there is no formal uniform for Archway students or staff, we expect that everyone will dress modestly and comfortably in clothing that will not be a distraction to others.  Appropriate clothing guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • Tops: no bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, or low cut necklines.
  • Bottoms: shorts and skirts should be fingertip length or longer when arms are hanging down in a relaxed manner.
  • Undergarments should not be visible.
  • Shoes should be worn at all times.
  • Hats, hoods and sunglasses should not be worn indoors.

A good rule of thumb is: if you have any doubt that what your child is wearing might be objectionable to others, have him change before you come to class.

Facility

The church where we are holding classes has blessed us by allowing us to use their facilities.  We should show proper respect to all buildings and property of the church. Any property damage caused by an Archway student or family member will result in that family paying for the repair or replacement of the damaged item.  If a student willfully causes damage to church or Archway property, he will be suspended from classes for the remainder of the semester and no refund will be given.

Families and students may only be in designated areas of the church which will be reviewed at the beginning of each semester. 

You can also be a good steward of the church facilities by:

  • picking up after yourself
  • flushing toilets and turning off faucets completely, and alerting the staff if there are any problems with bathroom or kitchen facilities
  • not bringing any food or beverages into carpeted areas or the gym

Behavior

We expect students to be respectful of their teachers, peers, facility, and other families.  For many children, this will be their first time in a classroom setting.  Please review appropriate classroom behavior with your child before the first day of classes, including staying in your seat, not talking out of turn, raising your hand, and avoiding noises or movements that may be disruptive to others.  All of our teachers are homeschool parents so they understand that there may be a learning curve for proper classroom behavior and they will work patiently to help train our students.

Any disrespectful or disobedient behavior will be dealt with first by verbal warnings in class.  If the behavior persists, a classroom privilege may be taken away (participation in a game, for example) and the parent will be notified.  If a student is repeatedly disruptive, a conference will be held between parent, student and teacher to discuss the problem and determine an appropriate solution.  Should the problem continue to escalate, the parent, student, and teacher will meet with the Administrative Director to determine if the student should be removed from the class. 

Students should not run or talk loudly in the building. 

Conversations by parents, caregivers and students should not include language (profanity) or topics that are inappropriate in a Christian environment.

Bullying or threats in any form will not be tolerated.

Kissing, hand-holding, or other inappropriate public displays of affection are not allowed. 

Please leave all wheeled items, including but not limited to, bicycles, scooters, roller blades/skates, skateboards, and "Heely" shoes, at home. 

Weapons of any sort (including pocketknives) are prohibited on campus, as are matches/lighters, tobacco and alcohol products, and illegal or unauthorized drugs.  If any of these items are found, they will be confiscated and the student will be expelled from the program. 

Consequences for inappropriate behavior by a parent/caregiver (see student consequences above):

1.  The first time a problem arises there will be a verbal reminder of the policies in a meeting with two or more members of the Archway Board.
2.  If there continues to be a problem with regards to the discussed problem or any other policy infraction, the board maintains the right to ask that family to leave Archway Classes.


Attendance

Please make every effort to arrive on campus a few minutes before class begins to allow your child to use the bathroom, say hi to friends, etc.  We have a tight schedule and teachers must begin and end on time whether your child is present or not. 

If your child must miss class due to illness or family travel, please notify the teacher in advance, if possible.  You may ask the teacher for any work, but we are unable to offer make-up classes or offer refunds for missed classes.


Refunds/Credits/Class Transfers

Class fees are paid by the semester (including fees paid on a monthly schedule) and are not refundable after the first week of class unless one or more of the following conditions are met:
  • a student has or develops a health issue which prevents him/her from participating in the physical requirements of a class
  • a student is no longer able to attend classes because the family has moved out of the area

Refund, credit and class transfer requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must receive approval from the board of directors.


Health


Please allow 24 hours to pass before your child returns to class if he has:

  • had vomiting or diarrhea
  • been treated by antibiotic for an illness
  • had a fever over 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit

If you have any doubts about your child's wellness/ability to attend classes, please keep him at home.  We want to keep all of our students healthy!

Please notify the Administrative Director if your child may have exposed others to a communicable disease or condition such as chicken pox or head lice. 


Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, Archway Classes may be canceled.  If your local schools are delayed or closed,  Archway Classes will be canceled.  If you have any doubts about the weather, please check the home page of this website after 7am on the morning of classes.  We will try to schedule a make-up day for any canceled classes, depending on availability of the church facility.  We will not be able to offer refunds if we are unable to make up classes due to weather cancelations.

Lost and Found

A lost and found bin will be kept by a member of the Board of Directors.  Any items found during clean up will be placed in this bin.  Parents, please help your students remember to check for all of their belongings before they leave the campus.  If you believe you left an item at the church and need it back before the next class, please email archwayclasses@gmail.com  to see if it has been found and make arrangements to pick it up.  All unidentified, unclaimed items will be thrown away or donated at the end of each semester.

Guests

It is helpful to have as few people in the common area as possible.  To this end, please leave older children at home if they are responsible enough, and do not bring extra children (friends, relatives, etc.) with you to campus unless it is absolutely necessary.  Students may not bring guests to class unless permission has been granted in advance by both the teacher and the Administrative Director.   

Electronic devices

Electronic devices such as portable DVD players, laptop computers and hand-held video game systems are an unnecessary distraction; please leave them at home or in your vehicle. MP3 players may be used in the common area under parental supervision.  Parents, if you must use your cell phone, please keep your conversation quiet and brief (outside the common room or hallways near classes).  Any device that causes disruptive noises in the classroom may be confiscated by the teacher and given to the parent when class is over.

Emergency Situations

If for any reason it becomes unsafe for our group to remain at the church facility, students will be turned over to their parent or responsible adult for evacuation.  If no parent is present and an evacuation is mandated, students will be taken to a safe location by teachers or administrators.  Your child’s safety and well being is our primary concern.

Grievances

If you have a problem with your child’s teacher, you are encouraged to speak directly to the teacher about it, either in person or by phone or email.  If you are uncomfortable doing that, or have done so and cannot reach a resolution to your conflict, you may speak to a member of the Board of Directors.  We hope to honor Christ in the way we deal with grievances, and strive to do so in a manner that will not result in anger, frustration, or hurt feelings.


Payments
Please see the Financial Information page.


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