Each year we update our Policy Manual to reflect current guidelines for participation to ensure that our organization runs smoothly and efficiently. Below is a "Policy Quiz" that highlights some important expectations in a lighthearted way that is hopefully memorable. Our By Laws as an organization are filed with the State of Ohio.
Policy Quiz for Members
1. If you know you're going to be absent well ahead of time, you should...
A. Inform the Director, and demand that she find replacements for you.
B. Find your own replacements for cleaning, teaching, and/or assistant assignments and inform the Director of your plans.
C. Do nothing and hope it all works out.
2. If you want to make class assignment changes after classes have started, you must...
A. Make your request in writing, get signatures from both teachers, the registrar and the treasurer, and pay the change fee(s).
B. Have your child show up in the new class unannounced.
C. Just check with both teachers to see if the switch is OK with them; no one else needs to be informed.
3. If you wake up the morning of co-op and you or your child are ill, you should...
A. Stay hydrated and get some rest, but avoid using the telephone to call the Director in case your illness is able to be transmitted through the phone.
B. Find your own replacements for teaching or assisting if possible, and inform the Director of your plans. If you unable to find replacements, ask the Director if she will please help you out in finding replacements.
C. Do nothing and hope it all works out.
4. When is it appropriate for students to be running in the building?
A. During a fire drill.
B. If they are really, truly in a hurry.
C. Under no circumstances.
5. What should you do if you must leave co-op briefly?
A. Sneak out quietly so no one notices.
B. Parents are never allowed to leave the building during co-op hours.
C. Ask another mom to be responsible for your children, then record that information on the parent sign-out sheet at the front desk.
6. If I want to take my class on a field trip, do I really need signed permission slips?
A. No, as long as the moms knows where they are, it's fine.
B. Absolutely. Each child needs a signed permission slip, or they must remain at co-op.
C. Nobody needs to know, you can just go as long as you're back before class time ends.
7. My child is taking a class from a PAID teacher. Who should I pay and when?
A. Those classes are included in the cost of the co-op.
B. Pay the teacher whenever you get around to it, if you feel the class is worth the cost.
C. Pay the teacher directly by the end of the first week of class.
8. If I am asked to substitute for another teacher or assistant during my free hour, what should I do?
A. Tell her no, and explain that “we all need a break."
B. Please say YES if you're available. If you've already subbed three times, ask that someone else be contacted.
C. Figure out who the busiest person at co-op is, and suggest that person for a sub.
9. May I bring a student visitor to co-op?
A. Yes, as long as the co-op Director has approved the visit, and the teachers have been notified and have agreed.
B. Visitors are never allowed.
C. Sure, just bring them along without informing anyone. We're all flexible.
10. I know I can't be at co-op on Friday, can I still send my kids?
A. No way. Never. No how.
B. Children 4th grade and older can be sent with another family, but only once per semester.
C. Sure, no problem, do it anytime you want. After all this is a cooperative.
11. What symptoms indicate that I should keep my child home from co-op for illness?
A. Pink cheeks, clear eyes, and more energy than we know what to do with.
B. Colored mucus; eye drainage; known infections, including diarrhea, vomiting, nausea or fever within the past 24 hours
C. As long as I keep them medicated, there is no fever and they act fine, they are good to go.
12. How do I handle a student that is disrupting my classroom and is not responding to loving rebuke?
A. Ignore this behavior. Every child should be able to express himself as he pleases.
B. Repeatedly take time away from teaching to firmly reprimand the child as often as is necessary.
C. Remove the child from your class, asking your assistant to escort the child to the chew-n-chat area until the parent can be notified.
13. Where do I get current information and announcements about co-op this year?
A. Ask your friends for the latest scoop and make sure to complain about what you hear.
B. Attend opening assembly, check your email; check our Yahoo group postings; check your mailbox for newsletters and other information from teachers and fellow members; or ask a Board member.
C. Communication is not a priority in this co-op, and we'll just wing it.
14. The weather is miserable, how will I know if co-op is canceled?
A. We homeschool, we don't do snow days.
B. An announcement will be on the home page of the website by 7am, and an email will be sent.
C. By singing telegram sent to your doorstep.
15. How do I get reimbursed for items I spend for my class?
A. There are no reimbursements. You are financially responsible for any extra supplies your class needs that can't be found in the Supply Cabinet. Thanks for volunteering.
B. Just turn in receipts to the treasurer up to a year following the purchase. No problem! Don't worry if they duplicate supplies that can be found in the Supply Cabinet.
C. Before you purchase, check with our Supply Coordinator to be sure what you need can't be found in the Supply Cabinet. Once the purchase has been approved, attach your receipt(s) to the Reimbursement Form and put them in the mailbox of our Treasurer. Each class has a base budget of $7 per child/per semester.
ANSWERS: 1-B, 2-A, 3-B, 4-C, 5-C, 6-B, 7-C, 8-B, 9-A, 10-B, 11-B, 12-C, 13-B, 14-B, 15-C