This is a hard time to try to gather and support one another face to face, but we are making preparations for in-person community days.
As of August 1, 2020, here are the policies we PLAN to set forth for participation this fall.
Please keep in mind that anything and everything may change according to state mandates and regulations. Our most current policies will be posted here.
Please note that while phases and state regulations are in place, those in high risk categories are strongly advised to refrain from attending in-person activities and/or to continue with their preferred level of protection.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK: The responsibility of hygiene, distancing, mask wearing and other medical protocols rests on the INDIVIDUAL. Each family assumes the risk of contracting ANY illness when entering a community setting. There are always "inherent risks" of contracting whatever may be "going around" when choosing to associate in groups. Communities understand this and the assumption or risk rests with the individual. Immune compromised and other high risk individuals are encouraged to remain home and/or continue to distance, etc according to their individual circumstances. As such, Choice Education Network, Inc.,(CEN), its teachers, volunteers and aids will not mandate mask use, distancing measures or any other medically related restriction as the burden of this responsibility will rest entirely on each family. We simply cannot monitor all participants at all times. We cannot guarantee 100% mask wearing or 100% distancing. It is not practical. IF that is what you are seeking, you're advised to please wait until a later time to enroll in classes.
Our venue, Elmdale Baptist Church, provides ample space to allow distancing for those choosing to do so and provides outdoor space for classes that can be reasonably held outdoors. As a third party renting us our space, Elmdale Baptist Church is no way responsible for the actions or decisions of Choice Education Network, Inc or those participating. An Assumption of Risk waiver for fall 2020 must be signed and on file for ALL families before admittance into any class, club or event.
Our classroom "enrollment limits" will ensure that we are not overcrowding and provide the CHOICE to keep a distance ... or not ... according to the needs and desires of those participating. We understand that some will want to distance while others are ready to start gathering in small, controlled settings. Mask wearing is a clear sign to those around you that you wish distance. We expect RESPECT on all sides in regards to the individual right to choose for oneself and their family the level of precaution taken. There is to be NO shaming or bullying as we work to regain some semblance of normality in these uncertain times.
By voluntarily choosing to come together to meet in-person as a community means respecting one another, even if we disagree, and accepting full responsibility for our own actions, behaviors and natural consequences of gathering. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children adhere to their family's medical protocol. Teachers and volunteers are not responsible for ensuring your student wears a mask or maintains a distance. If your child requires assistance in following your family's wishes, please plan to attend classes with your child(ren).
SCREENING: Choice Education Network, Inc's policy has ALWAYS been that the ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD must be symptom free for at least 48 hours prior to attending classes. Please note the ENTIRE household in this statement, not individuals. We add to our policies that any household who has knowingly come in contact with COVID or has a member of the household test positive, to please complete a household wide 14 day quarantine or a minimum of 14 days symptom free before returning to any in-person setting.
We will NOT be screening on site. We do NOT participate in any third party "contact tracing" and respectfully request that any such tracking or tracking devices be disabled while participating in our events. Our standard class rosters and attendance records more than suffice for this purpose. Choice Education Network, Inc values the privacy of each family and ask participants to do the same.
The responsibility rests with each family to ensure all are healthy and symptom free BEFORE coming to any in-person class or event. Historically, our community has done very well with not bringing sick family members on-site. We trust, in light of new regulations, families will continue to monitor their households and make responsible choices by not bringing "sick households" into our classrooms.
In the event of absence due to illness or suspected illness, no refunds are given. Zoom or other virtual settings will not be offered by our teachers except under shut down. Families may connect with each other to arrange facetime or other video participation as they desire and may reach out for help connecting with a willing virtual participant. This is not guaranteed.
In the event of a "shut down," our teachers are prepared to make arrangements for temporary virtual classes to finish out the month of classes. This fall, we will work "month to month" in smaller sessions in anticipation of possible shut downs and will complete, at minimum, the monthly syllabus to the best of our abilities. Virtual classes are possible in SOME cases, but may not be reasonable with all services.
Should shut down or long term virtual classes be needed, a new survey and sign up will be sent with a selection of virtual classes and rates. Rates MAY INCREASE as the purchase of virtual software and and tech may be required for our teachers to keep their classes going. Virtual classes will continue for as long as there is interest and teachers willing to lead. In-person classes will resume the moment our host allows third parties to return to their facilities.
CLEANING: Classrooms and materials must be cleaned PRIOR to each class and all classrooms must be sanitized at the end of our day. We require the help of all our families in keeping materials and classrooms sanitized in accordance with current regulations. Please be prepared to either help supply necessarily cleaning supplies and/or helping to clean before and/or after classes.
SUPPLIES: Participants will be asked to bring their own individual basic school supplies needed for classes - such as pencils, pens, markers, crayons, etc. to reduce cross contamination. Each student will need their own bag, with their name clearly marked to keep personal supplies in during class. Specialty supplies specific to each class will be provided and classroom management procedures for sharing community supplies will be given by the teachers as it pertains to their unique classroom setting. Supply fees MAY be higher than usual as we work to limit "sharing" of highly consumable products.
MEALS/BEVERAGES: Choice Education Network, Inc does not provide a meal or snack service. Food and beverage are generally not permitted in the classrooms at Elmdale. Families wishing to picnic together during the day may do so at their own risk and are expected to clean up their picnic areas after use. Students are required to bring their own reusable water bottles with their names clearly labeled as water fountains will likely be "out of order."
DROP OFF CLASSES: Please be advised that we are NOT a "child care" service. While MOST of our classes for grades 3-12 allow for drop-off, some classes may require a parent/guardian present until classroom routines are established. Typically, classes offered to our K-2 students will require a parent to remain on-site. DO NOT drop off any student who is unable to tend to their own basic hygiene needs or who will require assistance with masks, etc.