LEARN families come together to support each other on the homeschooling path and thus choose to be an organization with a singular focus – homeschooling.
LEARN expects that all of our members will adhere to the following code of conduct.
Membership in LEARN indicates a willingness to be respectful of other members’ beliefs or lifestyles that may not reflect your own.
We support the right of personal expression.
We respect every individual’s sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
We respect a person’s religious and spiritual beliefs or lack thereof.
We believe that no one has the right to force their personal preferences onto others.
We believe that everyone should have the right to feel safe from unwanted physical contact, sexual harassment, intimidation, and ridicule.
We believe that no one should intentionally harm another person.
We believe in living by the platinum rule: “Treat others as they would wish to be treated.”
The following rules are also enforced during our Teen Activities:
Be respectful of each other.
Respect the space we are using.
No illegal drugs
No making out
All LEARN participants, youth and adult, are expected to conduct themselves with respect, self-control, responsibility & accountability to themselves, others, and any facility we are using.
Specifically, the following behaviors are not acceptable:
- Violence or aggression, either physical or verbal
- Behavior that disrupts an organized activity
- Damage to property or facilities caused intentionally or by gross negligence*
- Behavior that violates a person’s and/or family’s safeness
It is imperative that all LEARN participants, adult and youth, understand and comply with the above expectations: Parents, please discuss with and make sure that your children understand these expectations. If the policy above is not followed, we have the following suggestions and procedures in place:
- For infractions of the specific behaviors listed above, individuals may address the infraction, in a respectful way, with the other party, who is expected to respond respectfully and work toward resolution. If necessary, prior to reaching out to the other person, allow time for everyone to cool down. It is often appropriate for adults supervising a child to address the child first, but every effort should be made to inform the parent if the behavior is ongoing or egregious.
- Should the first step be unsuccessful in resolving the conflict, please refer to the section on mediation below. We realize that individuals may need to discuss the issue several times before reaching a resolution. Mediation may be used in the event of behavior infractions or ongoing conflicts. Members may request mediation by contacting the board after diligent attempts have been made to resolve the issue individually.
- Damage to property or facilities caused intentionally or by gross negligence will be assessed, and the individual responsible will be required to make amends.* The cost of damage will be borne by the individuals/individuals’ families who created the damage.
- The board reserves the right to request that a family withdraw their child or entire family from activities for a period of time if the child or family cannot follow the guidelines for behavior at LEARN. Terms for return to activities will be decided on a case by case basis.
Conflict can occur within any group. Should LEARN participants find themselves engaged in a conflict that is not easily solved, an individual may request mediation, LEARN’s chosen method of ongoing conflict resolution.
A conflict that cannot be resolved with the above measures needs to be presented to the board for further mediation. Mediation will only be offered after the parties have made diligent attempts to resolve the conflict together. The board will arrange for a mediator to meet with the parties involved to help resolve the conflict.
Please review these guidelines for mediation:
- Communication needs to be respectful, with the goal of problem-solving, not shaming or blaming. Active listening is encouraged.
- Communicate only with the involved parties and the mediator to ensure privacy and to prevent gossip and escalation of the conflict.
- The mediator will work with parties involved to facilitate the process.
If the board determines that behavior between the involved parties is disruptive to the well-being of the group, all parties will be suspended from participation in LEARN until a peaceful resolution has been reached and the requirements set forth by the board have been met.