Code of Conduct
We are fortunate to have a diverse group of families in LEARN who come from a variety of perspectives with respect to religion and worldview, parenting philosophies, and educational philosophies. We respect the authority of parents to make decisions that they deem best for their own children. It is important to respect one another’s styles and preferences, and it is not appropriate to criticize other parents’ decisions for their own families. Proselytizing (the action of attempting to convert someone from one religion, belief, or opinion to another) is not permitted at any LEARN activities or events.
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 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.”
All LEARN participants, youth and adults, are expected to conduct themselves with respect, self-control, responsibility & accountability to themselves, others, and any facility we are using.
In order to foster community and trust and to maintain privacy, if you have a personal concern or issue please speak directly to the other person(s) involved and limit the discussion to only those persons. If that does not resolve your concerns please speak to a board member.
Specifically, the following behaviors are not acceptable:
- Violence or aggression, either physical or verbal
- Bullying, including cyber bullying (when an individual or a group of people perceived to have more power repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people)
- Discrimination (see policy)
- Behavior that disrupts an organized activity. ( Including social media)
- Damage to property or facilities caused intentionally or by gross negligence**
- Behavior that violates a person’s and/or family’s boundaries
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 above policy is not followed, we have the following suggestions and procedures in place:
- For infractions of the specific behaviors listed above, individuals are typically expected to address the infraction, in a respectful and discreet way, with the other party, who is expected to respond respectfully and change the behavior. If a child is involved, speak with the parent first. It may be appropriate for adults supervising a child to address the child first, but every effort should be made to inform the parent if the behavior was ongoing or egregious.
- **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.**
- In certain circumstances, 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.
- Mediation may be available at the Board’s discretion.
LEARN Community Ambassadors are seasoned general members of LEARN Homeschool Network and serve as a resource to any members looking for more information, clarification, or guidance regarding LEARN policy, practices, and culture. Ambassadors are a resource to facilitate additional communication and problem-solving within the LEARN community as a whole. Members are encouraged to contact an Ambassador with questions or when a conflict or concern arises so that an attempt at open, respectful communication can be made.