Here are our class rules. You are responsible for abiding to these rules, and I will hold both students and parents accountable. Please be sure you’ve read over them and understand them.
1. Be prompt: Show up on time, ready to learn. This means to have already used the restroom, taken your dog out if needed, etc. If our class is during your typical mealtime, make sure to have already eaten beforehand. Instruction begins when the first student arrives. I will not wait, and I will not hold everyone else up because you’re not on time. If you’re late, you may wait quietly until I give you a quick run-down of what we’ve covered, if possible. Meetings are locked 5 minutes into the scheduled class time for safety reasons: you will not be able to enter if you are late at this point. Class will proceed with the students who were on time. If no students are present after 5 minutes, I leave the classroom, and our class will be rescheduled at my discretion. You are responsible to review material I’ve posted to ensure you stay caught up whenever you miss or are late.
2. Be prepared: Have all printables ready to go. If there are printables included in our class, you’ll find them under the Modules in Canvas, and you’ll be able to print from there. Have something to write with and any required materials within reach. Check Canvas before our classes to ensure I have not posted material you need to review before class. If you have questions about using Canvas or Zoom, check out my tutorial before classes begin.
3. Be polite: Treat others with respect and decorum. Be patient. Understand we have a diverse group, more often than not, and everyone in my classroom is always valuable. Be honest—do not claim someone else’s work as your own (this includes parents!) Listen during class. Do not abuse the chat; stay on task and make sure what you’re saying in chat is necessary.
4: Ask questions: If you don’t understand, please ask! I will assess comprehension as we go along, but it’s important that you speak up, too, when you don’t understand.
5: Be positive: This is how we make the impossible possible. We must work hard, be kind, and greet growth opportunities with optimism. Use positive language and “Yet/But”. Think about silver linings using our “Unfortunately/Fortunately” game. Dream big!
6: Follow through: Write assignments on your homework log (grades 2-12). If work is assigned, complete it accurately, and on time. If you say you’re going to do something, or you’re assigned to do something (like homework), put forth your very best effort always. I do not assign “busy work”; anything I assign is necessary for our class and it’s imperative it’s completed as required.
My classes are all about teaching you what you need to know in a way that makes you want to learn. You’re free to use your imagination in my class! I want my classes to be fun, exciting, and engaging—but all of this hinges on positive behavior from my students. So, please do your part in ensuring we have a fun class together by following these rules!
Honor code: “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” – Sophocles
- Plagiarism means to write the words or ideas of others as if they were your own, without giving proper credit to the original source.
- Make sure the work you turn in to me is your own and not someone else’s.
- Plagiarism shows a lack of trust in yourself and/or the teacher. Therefore, trust yourself enough to have your own opinions and trust me enough to ask for help if you are unsure of what to do. Communication is essential to success in the classroom. I can’t possibly know if you are struggling or lost if you don’t speak with me.
- Plagiarism also shows a lack of value for the assignment’s purpose. No assignment is given to you without a thoughtful examination of how it will benefit your success in the course.
- Maintaining individual integrity.
My classes are recorded. I record my classes solely for students who miss due to illness or another reason. Learners who miss classes can be provided recordings upon parent request. You must request each recording. These are not publicly posted, but can be posted on Canvas where the links are available ONLY to learners enrolled in that section. You will receive a direct link to the recording. It can take up to 3 working days to receive the link, as they’re stored on my hard drive, not online by default, and I don’t take this with me when I am not working. During the week, it usually takes much less time, fewer than 24 hours. You have 7 days to view recordings from each class before they are removed from my server permanently. Recordings may not be used by anyone besides the student who is enrolled in the course (including siblings, cousins, friends, etc) to catch up on what the enrolled student missed while absent. You may not provide the recording link to anyone else, period, under any circumstances without my express permission. Doing so is a violation of this contract and the privacy of other families in my class, and will result in immediate removal from my classroom without refunds or reimbursement, and will also result in legal action.
I am a homeschooling mom as well as a teacher. My family is very important to me, as yours is to you. As it is, I teach around 300 students per week, 6-10 classes per day. I am unable to respond to every email, phone call, or text message immediately. Myself or someone from my team will respond within 48 hours in most cases. I do observe U.S. federal holidays, so we do not have classes on these days. I also have scheduled time off; for 2018, I am out of the office:
- April 21-29 (Family vacation)
- July 12-16 (SEA Homeschoolers Conference)
- August 18-20 (Surgery)
- September 1-4 (Holiday)
- November 12-13 (Veteran’s Day)
- November 16-25 (U.S. Thanksgiving)
- December 3
- December 21-31 (U.S. Christmas and New Year’s Eve)
For 2019, I am out of the office on the following dates:
- January 1-7 (New Year’s)
- January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
- February 18-19 (President’s Day)
- February 27 (Personal Day)
- March 7-18 (Doctor’s Appointment)
- April 1-5 (Spring Break)
- May 6-8 (Family birthdays)
- May 21 (Awards Ceremony for my Exchange Student)
- May 24 (Choir Performance for my Exchange Student)
- May 27 (Memorial Day)
I do have set office hours. During this time, I’m responding to emails, phone calls, text messages, etc. My office hours for meeting aside from classroom instruction are Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:00am and Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm EST. If you need to meet with me outside of those hours, please contact me.
You are required to fully read course descriptions before enrolling. I have received comments and negative reviews stating parents failed to do this. It is your responsibility to know what you are paying for. I will not change my entire course because you neglected to read the description, and feel your child should receive something different from that in which you chose to enroll. This has an effect on the other children in the class as well. I follow my course descriptions exactly. Please do not leave me poor reviews because you failed to read the description. If you have questions, please contact me before enrolling.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
- Seats in my courses are extremely limited; most only accept 4-6 students. When enrolling in a course, you are effectively taking a seat in my classroom that another student cannot use. This is a commitment. Students can’t enroll once a course begins. Unless adequate notice (more than sixty days [60 days]) is given before the session starts, refunds are not given when withdrawing.
- Should you choose to not attend live sessions, you’re welcome to view recordings and continue the course at your own convenience.
- Please review your schedule before enrolling.
- Charter schools who have different policies must contact me should a withdrawal and refund be requested per their agreements/records.
Individual and Semester-long Courses:
- Single-session (Individual) courses: Refunds are not given on single-session courses, but I may transfer your child to a different date/time at my discretion.
- Courses longer than 4 weeks and Semester courses: If, after the first class, you decide the course won’t work for your child/family, you must contact me within 24 hours of the class start time to discuss the course. Refunds will not be given, but I may transfer learners to different date/time at my discretion. This is not guaranteed.
- Sometimes, a course may be cancelled because it did not meet minimum enrollment requirements (4-6, depending on the course.) If I cancel a course section, you will receive a full refund. Sharing courses when you enroll to your favorite Facebook groups can help us increase enrollments so the class proceeds.
- If I reschedule to a new date, existing enrollments will be carried over, but you may request a refund.
- It is incumbent upon you to ensure your child attends each class. Students who choose not to attend class are not entitled to a refund. You are able to watch the recordings and work at your own pace.
- Rarely, I must remove disruptive, abusive, or otherwise unruly learners from my classroom. If this happens, I will contact the parents within 48 hours. We will discuss your child’s behavior and make a plan for future classes, if possible. Refunds are not given for behavior-related removals.
- If you pay for a course using a payment plan, refunds are not given under any circumstances. Please refer to your payment plan contract.
- Refunds may take up to 30 days to process.
You will be asked to acknowledge this policy during the enrollment process; exceptions to this policy are not offered.
This page was last updated on August 21, 2018 to reflect addition of closings for Winter and Spring semesters of 2019.