H.O.P.E. Prep Policies and Guidelines 2018-2019

  • HOPE Families and Teachers should “read and heed” all of the policies and guidelines in order to maximize the benefit of
    classes for all students. Parents attest that all students have been informed of these policies and guidelines.
  • These policies apply to all HOPE sponsored functions on or off campus. HOPE campus consists of all space
    inside/outside of the buildings and parking lots. Building and equipment consists of all HOPE and host facility property.
  • Implementation and interpretation of all policies and guidelines is at the discretion of the Board. Please contact the
    Director for clarification or if you have additional questions.

 

Dress Code for Adults and Students

  1. Dress and groom oneself in a way that honors Christ and brings you respect. Guideline: Modesty
  2. No clothing that is revealing, see-through, or skin tight on top, middle, or bottom.
    • Leggings may be worn when covered with a top that is no shorter than mid-thigh.
    • Shorts, skirts, and dress hemlines should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
    • All clothing must cover undergarments.  No spaghetti strap tank tops.
  3. Dress in a way that is appropriate for the type of class attending (ie appropriate athletic attire and shoes for PE classes).
  4. No clothing with inappropriate, illegal, or immoral designs.
  5. Dress code violations will result in a student being asked to change or leave HOPE premises until he/she is dressed
    appropriately.
  6. Your issued nametag is required. If you lose your nametag, you will have to pay $2 to replace it.

 

General Behavior

  1. Students are expected to act in a respectful and polite manner to adults and fellow students. For example: no talking over
    others, especially the teacher; raise your hand to be called upon; stay seated in your chair; say “Yes, ma’am/sir”, “Thank
    you”, “Mr./Ms. ____”, etc
  2. Bullying behavior (whether physical, emotional, or verbal, including social media, text, etc.), and promotion of behavior
    contrary to any portion of our Statement of Faith, will not be tolerated.
  3. Any controlled-substances found on HOPE premises will be confiscated and, if illegal, turned over to the Frisco Police with
    appropriate names and information regarding the confiscation.
  4. No smoking or e-cigarettes on the HOPE premises, including in vehicles. If found, the cigarettes or entire unit may be
    confiscated and disposed of without repayment or return.
  5. No weapons, including pocket knives, allowed at HOPE.
  6. No public displays of affection at HOPE, including hand-holding, kissing, embracing and/or other physical fraternization.
  7. No rough housing, running or talking loudly.
  8. Students are to be in designated areas only and may not loiter in the bathroom. If found in a restricted area they will be given
    a discipline notice.
  9. HOPE does not comply with the Directive from the Federal government in regards to transgender bathroom use. Students and
    parents are required to use the bathroom facility that corresponds to their gender on their birth certificate
  10. No gum is allowed at HOPE.
  11. Students may not bring food or drinks to class other than a water bottle.
  12. No electronics, including cell phones, may be in use in the classroom except those brought or authorized by teachers. All
    unauthorized or disruptive devices may be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.
  13. Your belongings are your responsibility. Items left at HOPE will be placed in HOPE’s Lost and Found box. All unclaimed
    items will be donated to charity at the end of each semester.

Illness and Medical Issues

  1. Please do not bring/send your children who have had fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.

  2. Please do not bring/send your children who have a cloudy, runny nose or a consistent cough.

  3. Any accidents should be reported to the Administration immediately. Parents must be notified.

  4. Adults only will deal with bodily fluids/blood and gloves must be worn.

  5. All open wounds must be covered before the student may return to class.

  6. If you have a child with a medical condition or food allergies/restrictions of which HOPE should be made aware, please
    indicate that on the Medical Release/ Liability form and inform teachers. HOPE and its families do not claim medical
    expertise, but will administer reasonable regular care when possible. No medicine will be administered without consent.

 

Building and Equipment Policies

  1. We are guests at this facility. Treat the facility with respect. For example, keep bathrooms neat and avoid tracking mud into
    the building.
  2. All stages, church equipment, and “island” are off limits, except under a teacher’s direct supervision.
  3. Do not sit on tables or desks.

 

Discipline Policy

Discipline notices are reserved for blatant or repeat disobedience and disrespect toward an adult or for physical harm to another
student. Warnings may or may not be given before issuing a discipline notice for these offenses. Discipline notices may be
submitted by any adult member of HOPE during any HOPE function, including regular or extra class days, programs, or field trips.

  1. First offense: Verbal warning. Teachers/adults are encouraged to verbally inform the parent of the warning either in person
    during co-op that day or by telephone during the week after the verbal warning was given. An online notice may also serve as
    a verbal warning.
  2. Second offense: The second offense is to be documented by an online discipline notice. The online discipline notice is sent to
    the parent and the HOPE Board. The student may be removed from class activities depending on his/her conduct.
  3. Third offense: The third offense requires a second online discipline notice. After the second discipline notice is received, the
    family will receive a written summary notice from HOPE’s President. If necessary, a conference will be held.
  4. Fourth offense or third online discipline notice: The third online discipline notice warrants expulsion of the student for the
    semester. HOPE’s Board reserves the option of expelling the family.
  5. The HOPE Board reserves the right to expel any student who receives two discipline notices per semester for three
    consecutive semesters.

Exceptions -Grounds for immediate expulsion:

  • Any purposeful acts of vandalism.
  • Any defiant behavior or foul language.
  • Any alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Any bullying behavior

 

Lunch (12:00-12:45)

  1. Lunch eaten inside the building is confined to the designated lunch rooms only. Students may also eat outside on HOPE property if they dispose of their own trash.  Failure to comply may result in being assigned to cleaning duties at HOPE.
  2. If possible, drinks should be either light or clear in color and no Monster drinks or high energy drinks are allowed at HOPE.
  3. Only students age 16 and older may leave the campus during lunch; parents may check younger students in/out at the Admin desk.  Once a student leaves HOPE property, HOPE is no longer responsible for the student.

 

Loitering and Study Hall Policies

  1. Students are allowed to remain on the premises for up to fifteen minutes before class, between classes or after classes.
  2. All students must leave by 2:55 pm.  A $10 fee per child for every 15 minutes late that the child is picked up may be assessed.
  3. Students are expected to be in the study hall room if not attending class. Students may not be outside the building unless they are going directly to their vehicle and leaving HOPE property.
  4. In study hall and between classes, students are expected to be respectfully quiet to avoid disrupting classes in session. Students who are continually too loud will lose the privilege of being in study hall or at HOPE at all before or after classes.
  5. As a courtesy, a study hall is provided for a $10 monthly fee for each hour attended. (Monthly fee example: 2 study halls, Monday and Wednesday (total of 4 study halls hours) would be $40 per month).  Study halls may be utilized between classes or while siblings are in class only.
  6. 5th hour study hall is reserved for students of teachers and administrators or students with siblings in a 5th hour class; all other students should be picked up after their last class of the day.
  7. A student’s daily schedule cannot be comprised of more than 50% study halls.
  8. Students may not watch streamed videos/Youtube and may not work on group projects during study hall.

Visitor Policy

  1. Guests (adults and children) are welcome to visit by appointment when evaluating HOPE as a support for their homeschool.
  2. Visiting children must be of the age appropriate for the class.
  3. Visitors must check in at the Admin desk before visiting a class to obtain a visitor pass.
  4. All guest speakers/visiting instructors must have prior Admin approval and consent to a background check.

 

Tardiness/Attendance Policies

  1. Consistent, on time, attendance is vital for your student to benefit due to the concentrated teaching time for our classes.  Please only register your student for these classes if you are willing to make every effort for them to attend all scheduled classes on time.
  2. We monitor and record tardiness through JupiterEd, which will print on the student’s report card, i.e. permanent record.  Out of respect for the rest of the class, students need to be in their assigned classes at all times and tardy notices will be issued five minutes after the class starts.  Students will not be admitted to class 10 minutes or more after the class has started but will instead be sent to Study Hall and a $10 Study hall fee will be charged.
  3. Students may be dismissed from a class due to repeat tardies.
    • 2 tardies = 1 absence.   
    • 3 unexcused absences = dismissal from that class.*
    • *Exception:  The family may request a conference with HOPE Prep Administration for the student’s records to be reviewed.Students who are tardy to a registered study hall 3 times per semester will be removed from that hour of study hall.
  4. We do not allow students to “audit” our classes.
  5. If you are going to be absent, you must notify the teacher as soon as possible via email or text.  Absences not communicated to teachers will be counted as unexcused and will result in a zero for any assignments in each class for that day.
  6. Joining a continuation class during the spring semester will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. The parent and/or student must be able to demonstrate to the instructor that the student has sufficient skills to be able to step into the class midway through the year and be able to keep up with the rest of the class.

 

Academics and Grading

  1. All students need to be prepared and bring the requested supplies for every class meeting.
  2. Cheating, including plagiarism, will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the class and perhaps grounds for withdrawal of a student from HOPE. The situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but, in order to maintain the integrity of our program we will not allow it to be compromised by cheating.
  3. Students must turn in all homework assignments to the appropriate teacher on time.  If a student does not consistently turn in homework assignments, they may be dismissed from the class.
  4. HOPE’s teachers reserve the right to have homework signed by each parent before accepting the homework from a student, especially those who continually turn in sloppy or incomplete work.
  5. Assignments will be graded and reported via JupiterEd, and the student will receive a final grade upon completion of the class via JupiterEd. Do not join HOPE unless both students and parent(s) plan to join and regularly login to this important online tool.
  6. JupiterEd is available 24 hours a day for parents to follow up on grades, tardies, absences, and discipline notices.
  7. It is the parent’s responsibility to help their student keep up with their homework and to ensure that their student receives proper help with any areas of individual difficulty.  With a few exceptions, HOPE teachers are not available to privately tutor students unless teachers are paid for their assistance. If a student’s grades are unsatisfactory, HOPE will follow the procedure outlined in the Academic Probation & Suspension Policy.  
  8. Communication between HOPE Admin, Teachers, parents, and students will be through Facebook or JupiterEd, although occasionally communication will be made by telephone or email directly to the parent.
  9. See “HOPE Prep Probation & Suspension policy” for additional academic guidelines.

 

Class Fee Policy

HOPE Prep Teachers function as private tutors in a classroom setting.  Tuition payments are to be turned into HOPE administration at the front desk, payable to the teacher. Families must pay the teachers for the full month of tuition for each month HOPE is in session even if the student only attends one class during the month. Payments are due on the 1st of each month, and late if received on or after the 2nd of each month.  Students may not attend any class where tuition or a fee is past due.  Late fees: The first time tuition is paid on or after the 2nd of the month, there is a late fee of $25 per class, payable to the teacher. The second time tuition is paid late, there is a late fee of $50 per class, payable to the teacher.  Families who pay late 3 or more times will no longer be in good-standing with HOPE and will need to meet with the Board to discuss a future with HOPE.  

** Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the non-refundable supply fee per class is due by July 1st to secure a spot in the class.

 

Class Add/Drop Policy and Procedure

  1. Families may drop a class up to week 4.  If a class is dropped after the 4th week, tuition for the full duration of the dropped class is owed to the teacher to remain in ‘good standing’ with HOPE Prep.  Failure to pay the balance may result in a student not being able to return to other classes until the outstanding balance is paid in full.   
  2. To add or drop classes, email your request to info@hopehomeschool.org.