- Open to all homeschooling families who comply with our bylaws, and code of conduct. Individual families do not have to accept our statement of faith, but may not teach against.
- At least one parent will fulfill the responsibility of contributing 4 hours per week or as determined by the Board. A parent or guardian must be present at the co-op at all times. In the event that a parent appears to have an unassigned hour, he or she will be asked to fill in where needed as requested by a Board member.
- If parental attendance is impossible on a given day, one must have prior permission from the Board for well children to attend with an adult who will be responsible for them while they are at co-op.
- Membership dues are currently $50 per child, per semester and will cap at $100 per family. These dues are non-refundable and payable by the first day of the semester. These dues go to: rent for the use of the building, liability insurance, to purchase general co-op supplies, and to pay for website hosting. Class material fees are separate and additional, determined by each teacher, and subject to Board approval.
- All members are expected to attend meetings of the general membership called at the discretion of the Board.
CHAIN is organized to provide home education families an opportunity to enrich their children’s academic curriculum and social experience within a Christian-based co-op. We want to “walk in the light, as He is in the light”, to have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7), and to be a “light to the world” (Matthew 5:14). We are a local, parent-run Christian homeschool co-op that meets weekly for two semesters during the school year. Each semester runs for 12 weeks. We are have traditional homeschool families and virtual school families. We welcome new families and want to make sure everyone that comes can find where they fit into CHAIN.
How Formed: Classes are formed by a parent proposing to teach a subject and then submitting a proposal to the appropriate class coordinator. After Board approval, the class is placed into the next available schedule for the agreed semester.
Who Teaches: Every class will have a parent-teacher and at least one co-teacher able to teach in the event of the lead teacher’s absence.
How Many Children: The maximum class size will be determined by the teacher and proposed to the class coordinator, for Board approval.
What is taught: All curriculums must be proposed to the class coordinator, for Board approval and must not teach against our statement of faith. Curriculum that supports our statement of faith is encouraged.
Email is our primary form of communication. Through email we will make announcements about co-op classes, field trips, and events. Members are encouraged to have regular access to the internet and an email account. All class registration is done via the internet on our registration website, which requires an email address. Our email database is to be used for co-op business and homeschool-related issues ONLY.
For snow days, we follow the Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls School District announcements. If their classes are cancelled, then CHAIN classes and activities will be cancelled as well.
Concerns or Complaints:
Members are encouraged to avoid grumbling, but instead to bring any concerns about the co-op to a Board member, preferably the President or Vice President.
If a conflict arises based on an offense or a perceived offense, the following steps should be followed:
- Go to the person who offends you; calmly try to clear up the matter without retaliation. (Matt. 18:15)
- If the matter is not resolved, speak to a Board member, preferably the President or vice President, who will determine whether further involvement of the Board is warranted. The first action will be for the offended party and that Board member to address the issue with the offender. (Matt. 18:16)
- If the matter has still not been resolved, both parties should bring the matter to the Board which will try to resolve the matter after hearing from both parties, separately or jointly, at its discretion. Through the whole process, all parties should refrain from gossip. (Matt. 18:17)
Class Proposal Submissions:
The Class Coordinator will start requesting class proposals to be submitted for the following academic year in March. For classes only being taught 2nd semester, class proposals must be submitted six weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Proposals for classes must include the following:
- course name, number of semesters and name of co-teacher if requested
- age/approximate grade of students and student pre-requisites
- course objective(s)
- desired minimum/maximum class size, and any schedule constraints
- name of proposed curriculum
All class proposals are to be submitted to the Board for approval.
Once the Board has accepted the proposal, the teacher must supply a syllabi with the following information for publication:
- A week by week topic overview
- List of materials to be used and proposed class fee to cover the cost of materials
- Anticipated minimum homework load per week
- Student pre-requisite and evaluation method to be used, if applicable
Commitment to Proposal and Method:
- Teachers must commit to implement the pre-approved proposal, unless a significant change is later approved by the Board.
- Teachers must commit to teach their class according to the agreed upon number of semesters.
- Teachers must agree to consistently administer recommended classroom discipline as described in the code of conduct.
Should an emergency situation arise such as personal illness or a sick child, the Teacher should immediately communicate to begin necessary back-up plan. Then the teacher should proceed to contact the Board.
In the event a teacher cannot complete the length of the class commitment, she must inform the Board at the earliest possible date. Teacher must make every effort to be available to complete the assistant’s training for the transition, which may necessitate additional time outside of class. She must make available all teacher materials for the replacement teacher to use for the class duration. If the replacement teacher is unable to complete the class commitment, she must inform the Board as soon as possible.
Statement of Faith:
- The Bible to be the inspired, infallible, divinely preserved Word of God, the supreme and final authority for all faith and life. The Bible is without error in whole and in part. God created the universe in 6 days (Genesis 1:1-31)
- God has existed from all eternity in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19)
- Jesus Christ is God in human flesh being fully God and fully man, except without sin;
- Gods only provision for salvation, was the coming of Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross, which was attested to by His visible, bodily resurrection; and
- Salvation is offered as a free gift to all. This gift must be responded to by individual faith at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone. Man’s sinful nature alienates us from God and makes us in need of a savior to avoid a just condemnation.