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General Policy, Procedure, and Behavior Guidelines

We seek to create an atmosphere in which all we do, including the way we act and dress, honors God and others. Sometimes our events and activities are the public’s first encounter with homeschooled families. That being said, we expect each member and their family members to show respect to all people involved, both members and hosts. Member attendance at events and activities is considered an agreement to follow BCHE policies and behavior/dress codes. These guidelines are intended to facilitate a safe and nurturing environment in which children can learn and grow in a strong Christian educational atmosphere.

General Event, Field Trip, and Activity Guidelines:

  • RSVP is required for many activities.  A lot of events have a limited capacity; therefore, we need to know the total number of attendees.  Details for saving your spot will be included in each event/activity description. You will either receive a confirmation for your spot, or notification that you have been placed on a waiting list.  Please email vp@bched.com if your plans change and you are unable to attend so that the next person on the list can be notified and a spot isn’t wasted.
  • Please read the details of each event carefully!  There are reasons behind the special requests and instructions.  If rules are disregarded, the BCHE rep will remind you of and ask you to follow the event guidelines.  Those who do not respect event guidelines may be asked to leave. Consistent failure to show respect will affect whether you are allowed to continue participating in our events and activities.
  • Events and activities have a start time.  If you plan to attend, please do your best to show up on time.  We will not make our host wait on us.  If you are late, you very well may be left out.
  • Unless an event/activity is advertised as public, then BCHE-sponsored activities are member-exclusive. Your current membership applies to your immediate family only—those who live with you in your home. Friends, extended family, or children for whom you provide childcare are not included in your membership. If you care for other children and would like for them to attend some events with your family, please email mem@bched.com for membership options.
  • Details about member events and calendar information are not to be shared, or posted on any social media site, with the exception of the BCHE current year closed Facebook page. Failure to respect this policy could result in loss of membership.
  • We seek to foster an atmosphere of respect in which all parents serve as mentors/teachers to all students. Students should refer to all adults using an honorific.
  • Use of profane or foul language has no place at any BCHE function. Both students and parents must refrain.

Bullying:

It is essential that BCHE provides a safe and affirming environment for all families. Therefore, any forms of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying are prohibited. “Harassment, intimidation, and bullying” includes any personal interaction that may be reasonably perceived as threatening, demeaning, mentally or physically abusive, or that which communicates rejection and exclusion in a hurtful, cruel manner (including various forms of gossip). BCHE will not tolerate any such behavior and will address those and the parents of those so engaged within a reasonable amount of time and take necessary action steps to hopefully resolve such matters.

If such behavior persists after initially being addressed, the Board will use its judgment in taking further corrective actions, including possible suspension or, in more extreme cases, termination of membership. Because such behaviors represent a great variety of circumstances and interpersonal dynamics, BCHE Board will use its judgment in each case in how best to deal with the matter. However, any forms of harassment, intimidation and/or bullying are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated on an ongoing basis.

Dress Code:

We ask that all members and event attendees (BOTH parents and students, alike) dress modestly and conservatively, out of consideration for others. Parents AND students, please be aware of how your clothing choices represent you before attending any BCHE event. Certain events may have additional dress code requirements.

Examples of inappropriate clothing would be:

Women/Girls: Strapless/halter/spaghetti straps; tight form-fitting clothing; low cut clothing that exposes cleavage; shorts, skirts, and dresses that are well above the knee; low rise pants, unless a long shirt covers any exposed skin; any clothing that exposes the mid-riff; any clothing that features alcohol, drugs, or profanity, or anything that could be considered offensive; clothing that allows exposure of underclothing, including sheer fabric that exposes underclothing or areas traditionally covered by underclothing.

Men/Boys: Tight/form-fitting clothing; clothing that exposes the mid-riff; baggy pants that expose underclothing; shirts that expose the chest; any clothing that features alcohol, drugs, profanity, or anything that could be considered offensive.


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