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Compass Community

A vibrant and growing
homeschool group
in Athens, GA

Policies and Procedures

What do I pay and when?

Compass charges an annual Registration fee of $45 per family, plus a facility fee of $15 per student.  These are both annual expenses that are due at the time of registration.  Checks should be made out to Compass Community, or you can pay online here.  Families who register before June 1st receive an early bird discount.  Registration after the August 5th deadline may result in a late fee.

 

There are 16 weeks of classes in the fall semester and 16 weeks in the spring semester.  Tuition is divided into 4 equal payments each semester and is to be paid on the first meeting day of each month. 


WEDNESDAY CLASSES

On Wednesday Elective Day, teachers are considered independent tutors and are paid directly by the parents.  Payment envelopes marked for each teacher are located next to the sign-in table.  Please make sure your tuition payments are placed in the teachers' envelopes and you have included your child's name on the memo line of the check.  If paying in cash, please put the cash in a small envelope (available at the table), and label with the student's name so you are properly credited. 


Teachers may charge a supply fee to cover the cost of materials used for the class.  These fees should be paid before the first day of class, or with the first month's tuition at the latest.  Supply fees are usually a one-time fee, although some teachers may break the year's supply fee up into two payments, to be paid in the fall and again in the spring.  Supply fees are listed on the class descriptions.


MONDAY CLASSES

Tuition for Monday Academic Program is a monthly* fee paid to Compass.  Parents are responsible for providing all required textbooks and materials.  You may pay by check or online though the website’s Payment Center.

*All classes on Mondays are also available a la carte for families who ar just looking for one or two courses.

What do I do when I drop off my kids?

Upon arrival, please come to the Fellowship Hall Building and stop by the sign-in table where you will sign in your children and receive name tags for them.  The tags have the students’ schedules printed on the backside, complete with room numbers.  This helps us know exactly who is on campus at all times and make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time. 

 

Your children can be picked up in the same location where you sign them in - the foyer of the Fellowship Hall.  When you pick them up, you will sign them out and return their tag.  We will not allow children to be dismissed outside until their parents have picked them up. 


High school students are allowed to sign themselves in and out.

Where should my child be when not in class?

When you drop off your child at Compass, we take that responsibility very seriously.  We check attendance during every class to make sure that all students are accounted for.  Any student on campus must either be in a class, in study hall, with a parent, or in the lunchroom (during lunchtime).  Study Hall is available for $10/month.


Students who are waiting for their parents to pick them up must wait inside the front area.  We do not dismiss children outside until the parent has come for them.

What about high schoolers?

High school students are allowed to sign themselves in and out.  If a high school student has a gap in their schedule, we have provided a High School Lounge where these students can stay to read, study, or do other quiet activities in between their classes.  High school students on campus must be either in their assigned class, with a parent, in the high school lounge, or in the lunch room (during lunch time). 

How do I drop a class?

Teachers plan their classes and purchase supplies based on the number of students who sign up for the class.  For that reason, we ask that you carefully consider which classes you sign up for and be willing to commit to those classes for the semester.  However, we also realize that sometimes a class doesn't "fit" a child, and you may not know until classes start.  For that reason, we give a 4-week grace period but ask that you use it very cautiously.

If you wish to change classes within the first four weeks of class, you will owe the teacher the supply fee (because he or she purchased the supplies for the class with the assumption that your student would be there for the whole term) and the first month's tuition.

If you wish to change or drop a class AFTER the first four weeks, you are responsible for paying the remainder of the tuition for the semester.*

*Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for situations such as loss of job, death in the family, out-of-area move, etc.

How do I volunteer?

Parent volunteers are essential to help Compass provide a safe environment for your children.  A link to the volunteer sign up sheet will be emailed to all the parents as well as posted on our Facebook page.  We have multiple volunteer opportunities including daytime and evening events, so parents can select the times that best fit their schedule.  When you volunteer, you may be asked to help at the sign in table, monitor hallways or lunch, assist in a classroom, help clean up, or supervise events.  All volunteer time slots are approximately 3 hours long, and we ask each family to sign up for at least 2-3 times per semester. 


In the event that you cannot (or choose not to) meet your volunteer obligations, you can pay $40/semester.  

Can my child stay for lunch?

Yes!  Lunch is a great time for students to develop friendships.  Students who will stay on campus for lunch must provide their own lunch.  Please indicate that your child will stay on campus for lunch when registering so we can plan accordingly.  We have two dining rooms available.  Students in grades K4-6 will eat in Room 301; students in grades 6-12 will eat in Room 301.   Students are expected to stay in the lunchroom during lunchtime and clean up their trash when they are done. 

What do I do if my child is sick?

While we hate for your child to miss classes, for the health and safety of all, please keep your child at home if he/she exhibits any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever greater than 100°F.  A child needs to be fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours before coming to Compass (that means the child is fever-free without the aid of Tylenol® or any other fever reducing substance.)
  • Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, or confusion.
  • Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.
  • Vomiting: 2 or more times in a 24 hour period. Note: please do not bring your child if he/she has vomited in the night.
  • Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
  • Frequent scratching of body or scalp; lice; or rash resembling ringworm or other contagious childhood diseases 

  • No reimbursement or credit will be provided to families for classes their children miss due to absences.

    Do classes ever get canceled?

    Compass may cancel classes due to severe weather.  We monitor the Clarke County and Jackson County School systems, and we will typically cancel classes when their schools are closed. 

     

    We have a make-up day scheduled during the Spring semester.  In the event that classes are cancelled earlier in the year, we will use the make-up day. If needed, we will add extra Monday or Wednesday class days to the end of the Compass calendar in order to make up for missed classes.


    In the event that an individual teacher cannot make it to class, we typically arrange for a substitute to provide a relevant lesson for the class.  If an emergency situation arises and no sub is available, the class may go to study hall for the one period.

    How should my child behave at Compass?

    While in attendance at all Compass classes, events, and activities, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with our Statement of Faith and Values by displaying respect and kindness in their attitude, behavior, and communication.  We believe the Bible sets the standard for appropriate behaviors and actions, and when issues arise, we will use Biblical standards to guide our policies.  

    Materials (games, books, video games, cards, clothing, etc) that contain graphic, gory, sexual, or otherwise inappropriate content should not be brought to Compass. 

    Teachers and Directors have the final say on whether attitude, behavior, communication, or materials are appropriate or not.  If you have any specific questions about what is allowed, please contact the director. 

    In order for all students to enjoy their classes and activities at Compass, it is imperative that students conduct themselves appropriately at all times.  If a student’s behavior causes consistent disruptions or conflicts, then the teachers or directors may contact the parents directly to arrange a suitable plan to improve the child’s behavior.


    If the child’s behavior does not improve, Compass and its teachers reserve the right to remove the child from any and all classes and activities.  Parents will be refunded the prorated balance of monthly tuition. 

    Is there a Dress Code?

    While in attendance at all Compass classes, events, and activities, students are expected to dress in a manner that is age-appropriate, developmentally-appropriate, and modest. Teachers and Directors will have the final say on whether dress is inappropriate.

    How does Compass handle allergies and special needs?

    We understand that some students have special needs when it comes to education, behavior, and/or diet.  While we do not have a set policy on special needs, many of our teachers are happy to work with parents to figure out a plan that will best fit their child's needs, whether it is preferential seating, adjusted assignments, etc.  We may ask parents of special needs students to stay with their children during classes to help provide the assistance they need. 

    As far as allergies go, we ask parents to provide Compass with a list of any known allergies, and we will pass this information along to the teachers within the first month of classes, so they can make accommodations for any lessons that involve food or other materials.  If you have any concerns, please speak with the teachers or directors.  As we share a space with a church and another homeschool group (who uses it on different days), we cannot guarantee that our facility is a peanut-free/nut-free zone.

    Can my child sell fundraisers at Compass?

    We are excited that so many of our students participate in terrific extra-curricular activities such as sports, scouts, etc.  If your child is involved in a fundraiser for their group, we ask that they not sell their products at/during Compass.  Selling during Compass can distract from classtime, and it can also put the teachers in an awkward position, especially when they have multiple students involved in the same troop/program (how many tins of gourmet popcorn can one teacher buy?)  If you would like to privately email your children's teachers to let them know about the fundraiser, you are welcome to do so, but please keep sales discreet.