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Network Policies

NETWORK POLICIES


Absences

Please call The Network administrator (515-664-3421) to report an absence before your student’s first class period.

Also, contact teachers as soon as possible to get assignments so they can be turned in on the Monday the student returns.

Absence Limits:

  • 1-3 absences: Excused
  • 4th absence: Family meeting with the Board of Directors and possible expulsion

Families needing to maximize flexibility may not find The Network to be a good fit.

Note that the attendance policy is not intended to encourage students to come to class when ill. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please keep the communication open with Network administration and teachers.


Tardiness

Tardiness disrupts the classroom environment, and portrays a disrespectful attitude. When a student is late for class, the teacher will note the tardiness on the class attendance record. Three occurrences of tardiness will be counted as an absence.


Medical Information

The Network does not collect medical information, with the exception of items that impact the ongoing, in-person educational experience, such as food allergies or learning concerns. Because of this, The Network, as an organization, also does not share medical information.

The Network is a community of homeschooling families. As such, The Network leaves it to parents, based on their discretion, to share medical information that they feel needs to be shared with the community. This means The Network itself will not inform other families that a student, teacher, or staff member has fallen ill, or provide any details about their illness. Families may share that information with each other at their discretion. 

The Network does not inspect immunization records, nor does it require any particular vaccinations as a condition of participation in the community.


Illness Policy

There is a risk of disease transmission during any in-person gathering, especially during cold and flu season. Members of The Network community acknowledge those risks and should take common-sense measures to address them. The Network has the following expectations of students, and asks parents to help in making sure these expectations are met:

  • Students should not attend classes in person if they have active symptoms of contagious illness.
  • If students have a fever above 100.4 degrees, they should not attend The Network in person until they are fever free, without medication, for at least 48 hours.
  • Students should take extra precautions to avoid the spread of illness, such as frequent hand-washing, avoiding touching the face, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.

Class Add/Drop Policy

To add or drop a class, complete the required online form.

Dropped classes after certain deadlines will incur a drop fee or full tuition payment. See Network Tuition and Fees for deadlines. 


Dress Code

The Network dress code applies to students at all times while in the building. It helps Grace Church staff identify our students and provides greater security during the Network day.

  • All students are required to wear an unaltered Network shirt or sweatshirt with an official Network logo. The Network logo must be visible at all times. This helps the Grace Church staff identify our students as part of The Network. (We strongly encourage purchasing a t-shirt AND a sweatshirt since the building can be cold in the winter.)
    • Note: There are some older shirts still in circulation that just had a small Network logo in the shirt-pocket area, and some older zipper hoodies that had the logo only on the back under the hood. Those shirts and zip-ups are no longer allowed. A shirt or sweatshirt with a large front logo must be worn.

If a student fails to wear his/her uniform in a modest manner or in compliance with the above code, he/she will be sent to the administrator to address the situation. The following steps will be taken:

  1. The first offense will result in borrowing a Network t-shirt or sweatshirt for the day, or calling a parent/guardian to bring appropriate clothing to The Network.
  2. The second time a student comes without their Network shirt, a new shirt will be provided to the student, and the family's account will be billed for the cost.
  3. For repeated dress code violations, the student may be sent home and not allowed to attend classes.
  4. A meeting between the Network Board and the family may be held if violations continue.

At certain times of the year, Network shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased from Eight/Seven Central. Go to "Parents" >> "Shirt Ordering Info" after logging in as a member. 

Other important dress code information:

  • Students may not wear hats, caps, hoods, or other head coverings in the building. 
  • Skirts and shorts must be fingertip length or longer.
  • Pants/shorts/skirts may not have rips or holes revealing skin above the knees, they should have no writing on the behind, and should completely cover all undergarments.
  • Leggings are permitted under skirts, but may not be worn as stand-alone pants.


Facility Rules at Grace Church

The Network has contracted with Grace Church to use the gym and certain classrooms on Mondays. Students should only use the areas reserved for The Network. We want to honor the church by keeping wear and tear of the facilities to a minimum. 

  1. Please ENTER and EXIT the building through the main doors. 
  2. FOOD and DRINKS are allowed only in the gym and in classrooms for organized activities. All drink bottles or cans need to have a lid. Students should clean up after themselves.  
  3. Students and teachers are allowed to use the YOUTH KITCHEN microwave and refrigerator on the second floor. Students should clean up after themselves. The main kitchen by the gym is not for Nework use. 
  4. The ATRIUM is an area reserved for Grace Church and not for Network use. Please refrain from eating, drinking, or socializing in this area. 
  5. Students should use the RESTROOMS located across from the elevator on the first and second floors. Other restrooms in the building are not for Network use. 
  6. While WAITING for rides, students can be in the gym or in the breezeway at the main entrance. Please do not wait in the atrium.
  7. Any questions or concerns while at The Network can be addressed by the administrator. The Grace Church staff is not affiliated with The Network, but they are gracious to allow us to use their building. 


Cheating

If a student has cheated, the teacher will work to resolve the situation with the student and family.  If the situation cannot be resolved with the student and family, the teacher will refer it to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will review all the available information, request a family meeting, and set disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from The Network.


Inclement Weather

The Network may cancel or delay classes due to bad weather. Late starts and cancelation decisions will be made by 6:30 am and shared by email and Rained Out text alert. To join the Rained Out text alert group, see instructions on the member home page.
 
Please note that The Network does not necessarily follow the weather-related decisions of other schools.
 
The Network Delayed Start:  When The Network employs a late start schedule, classes will begin at 10:00am with 2nd and 3rd period classes beginning at 10:50am and 11:40am respectively.  Lunch and afternoon classes will resume at their regular times.
 
The Network Classes Canceled:  Teachers will assign homework for the week via email or other virtual solution. Families pay tuition for canceled days.
 
The Network understands that everyone's situation is different, and that we have students coming from many different locations. Families are encouraged to prioritize safety and to wisely assess their own circumstances. If The Network has not canceled classes, but you need to be excused for the day, call the Network Administrator on the Network cell phone (515-664-3421). Contact teachers for your assignments.


Cell Phones


Students are allowed to use cell phones and other electronic devices in the gym, in the breezeway at the main entrance, and in classrooms as permitted by teachers. Students are also allowed to use The Network cell phone at the administrator's table to contact parents/guardians. Parents can call The Network administrator at 515-664-3421 any time to contact their students during The Network day. 

 
Firearms and Weapons

Students of The Network may not have in their possession any of the following prohibited items. This policy covers any facility where The Network meets and any time while the Network is in session including times before and after The Network session while individuals are arriving or departing.

1.     Firearms as defined by Iowa Code

2.     Any dangerous or prohibited item as defined by Iowa Code Section 702.7

3.     Any other item as determined by the facility in which we meet

4.     Explosives including fireworks as defined by Iowa Code

Exceptions to this policy may only be made in advance with the consent of the director, administrator, and facility manager.

This policy is not construed to imply prohibition of legal weapons possession, yet any such possession must be approved of or in compliance with the director, administrator, or facility manager.

If any prohibited item is found, it will be immediately confiscated. The first offense will carry a fine of up to $100 and possible expulsion as determined by the Board of Directors. Any second offense will result in immediate expulsion without recourse or remedy other than due process.


Background Checks

The Network has adopted a policy of background checks for any new teachers or volunteers who will be working closely with our young people. This includes new teachers at The Network, as well as volunteers helping with child care for teachers' children.