This code of conduct is based on the premise that an atmosphere of respect and grace is most conducive to learning, therefore:
- Treatment of other people (fellow students, tutors, and church staff) must be respectful, meaning an attitude of valuing others and treating them with dignity. Students are expected to encourage & support one another. The uniqueness of each person is valued. Verbal or non-verbal communication that is considered inappropriate will be addressed. This includes degrading comments toward/about one another.
- This facility and all property, entrusted to us to use, will be not abused. Red drinks & dark soft drinks could stain the carpet, so please do not bring them into carpeted areas. Use of the gym during free time is allowed, provided parents have signed the gym use agreement. Also, while we are holding class, church staff are working. We ask that at all times there be no loud voices or yelling, especially in the entrance area of the church. Students need to be in class or the study room while at PATH.
- Lunch Time | Food may only be eaten at the tables in the lunch room area (fellowship hall), on the gym floor, or outside on the lower level. Students may use the fridge, microwave, and stove in the kitchen or room 210. Students need to clean up after themselves, dispose of their trash, and accept responsibility for their personal possessions (bags, bottles, utensils, etc.). Do not leave these items behind on the tables. Take them to the entrance area and place them on the metal shelves above the coat rack.
- Class Transition | Students are expected to transfer from one classroom to another in an efficient and orderly manner, arriving at their designated classroom on time. Don't be late.
- Space/Study Room | It is important that we be within our designated space at Calvary E-Free Church. Tutors and parent monitors are only responsible for monitoring students who remain within the idesignated spaces at our facility. If a student is discovered beyond the designated PATH space, the student is expected to willingly be brought to the director. Students are to be either in their classroom, the designated study room when not attending class, or in the general area we use. The study room is provided for the student's use when he/she is not attending a specific class (open class period). Reasonable conversational noise levels are expected, as the study room is provided not only for socializing but also for study. The monitor will assist the students in maintaining an appropriate noise level.
- Technology/Gaming - Cell phones are to be used for communication purposes only. PATH is a time for humans to connect with other humans, and we value face to face communication, physical activity, and academics during your time at PATH. Therefore please do not bring any gaming systems to PATH, and use your cell phones for communication with your parents only, when necessary. Cell phones are not permitted in the PATH classroom at any time, nor are any related devices unless assigned by your instructor. Collaborative use of social media is prohibited at PATH.
It is recognized that students are on social media, and connections will be made with each other outside of PATH. PATH recommends parents monitor their child's social media and text messaging to ensure they are being respectful, safe, and mature.
- Each student is accountable for his/her own actions, including physical actions. Wrestling (including arm wrestling), lifting, punching, kicking, bumping, and tickling are not allowed. Also, no inappropriate PDAs (physical displays of affection) are allowed.
- Each student is responsible for his/her own possessions.
- Each student's dress needs to be God-honoring, modest, and not a distraction to the opposite sex; therefore, these guidelines: no spaghetti strap shirts or low-cut tops, no bare midriffs (even while bending or stretching), no see-through materials. The minimum length of skirts, shorts, and tops worn over leg apparel (i.e. leggings) is 3 inches above the knee. Provision for infraction: A t-shirt will be provided so that it is possible to still attend class.
- No bouncing, kicking, or throwing of basketballs, soccer balls, or footballs in the church, except for in the Gym.
- It is important that every parent and student understand their responsibilities related to assigned work in class. As the official teacher, Parents are expected to ensure their students are completing work in a timely manner. Students are responsible to complete work and hand it in, take notes in class, and be up to speed in terms of everything related to their responsibilities.
The over-arching expectation is one of respect. It is important for students to learn that they respect their tutors and classmates when they are prepared for the day. They are "prepared for the day" when they have all of their work turned in. On the other hand, tutors and fellow students are disrespected when work is turned in late, or they are not prepared for the day. Perhaps the tutor was planning a discussion on a certain chapter, or is expecting to move on from a particular concept or topic. When students are routinely not prepared, they take up the valuable and very limited in-class time. It also is taxing on the tutors to have to continually remind students to get their work in on time.
One of PATH's main missions is to prepare students for PSEO, where professors are less forgiving of late work or excuses.
We realize that challenging life events do happen, and we have a lot of grace for all. However we also know the best way to show love to students is to not only demonstrate that through warmth and belonging, but also to expect the best performance out of each person.
Tutors will give a zero grade for work that is not turned in. In the event that students miss work, the following steps will be taken:
1. After the first missed assignment, parents will receive a note from the tutor in an effort to bring the student into alignment with the class. We don't want any students continually behind, as it affects their long term success, and impacts classroom discussions.
2. After the second missed assignment in a row, parents will receive another note and request for a meeting before or after class on the PATH day. Mr. Johnson will be present as well to help understand the full situation.
3. If there is a situation where three or more substantial assignments have been missed in a semester, it may be time to explore alternative means of accomplishing a year of homeschooling. PATH may indeed begin to introduce more structure and accountability into a young person's life than they are ready for. Students who are continually forgetting homework, not doing assignments, not reading assigned work, or not prepared for class do make it more difficult for the tutors, and as stated above also impact the ethos of the classroom setting. We have so little time in an actual classroom, we really want everyone prepared and ready to go when we *are* together.