Policies & Procedures

“Planted in faith, Rooted in love, Growing in knowledge”


Thrive Family Co-op is committed to achieving excellence character and academics through hard work and cooperative teaching. Participation in THRIVE is a privilege and responsibility and must be treated as such. In order to provide a quality learning environment for our children, we must all strive to give our very best each and every time we meet. This includes being on time, being prepared, and adhering to the policies and procedures put in place by the THRIVE administrative team. We believe, if we take our commitment seriously, so will our children.

Our Vision

Thrive Family Co-op is a place where homeschooling families can gather together for the purpose of building relationships and educating our children. Parents at Thrive will work together during the co-op day to organize, teach and assist classes where needed. Thrive has been founded on several different styles of homeschooling, however, our primary philosophy is the Charlotte Mason approach. We will combine hands-on learning with great living books. We believe that, rather than focusing on how much the children know, we should focus on how much they care, developing character first and foremost.

Thrive Family Co-op is founded on Christian core values, therefore, we teach from a biblical worldview using mostly Christian curriculum. Although we do not discriminate against non-Christian families participating in the co-op, we do expect parents who are lead teachers to teach from the curriculum provided, even when or if it differs from personal beliefs. We believe theology and politics should be left to the home studies of each family. Should these discussions arise during class time among students, we ask that teachers redirect comments and questions to the parents for an at-home conversation.

Thrive Family Co-op will teach from a Charlotte Mason-inspired method. Preschool and elementary classes will learn from a gentle approach, with hands-on projects in Nature Studies, Art, Composer and Poet studies as well as other varying classes each year. Some Middle School and High School classes will be geared toward earning high school credits for graduation, but will also enjoy Art, Composer and Poet studies each year, keeping true to the Charlotte Mason teaching philosophy. Thrive Family Co-op aims to partner with parents in their homeschooling efforts, but will not keep grades or offer every class needed for graduating credits. Keeping records, grades, homeschool hours and credits is ultimately up to the parents or guardian of the students to maintain.
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Attendance Policy
• Faithful attendance by all involved in THRIVE is imperative to a successfully functioning group.
• A parent must be present at all times when their child is participating in THRIVE. Children cannot be dropped off.

  • In special circumstances when a parent cannot attend the co-op for that week, 7th-12th grade students may attend under the care of another THRIVE parent. In this case, both parties must sign a release waiver for the day provided by THRIVE administration. Children under 7th grade are not allowed to attend THRIVE without their parent.
    • Family Fifteen will meet in the sanctuary and will start promptly at 10 am. Families should arrive between 9:30 and 9:45 in order to sign in and get settled. (Set-up crews need to arrive by 9:20) Following announcements and prayer, teachers and students will be dismissed in an orderly fashion to their assigned classes. Families are expected to arrive on time and stay until all classes are completed.
  • In the case of an absence, co op members must notify ALL THREE members of the administrative team directly via text message, GroupMe, Facebook messenger or phone call as soon as possible in order to find appropriate coverage for your role at THRIVE. Each family should do their best to be at co-op each and every week. Although we understand special circumstances do occur, such as childbirth or a family crisis, more than three absences per semester may result in the removal of the co-op. Missing one day at co-op is the equivalent to missing one week of instruction, therefore, your attendance each week is critical to the learning process as well as the functioning of the co-op. We appreciate your understanding in this area.

Illnesses
• If you or your child is sick or has been sick (fever, green runny nose, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, etc.) in the 24 hours prior to co-op, please do not attend class.  If a member of the family has been diagnosed with the flu or any other highly contagious illness, no member of the family should attend co-op until risk of contagion is gone.  If the administrative team deems you or your child too ill to be in class, you will be asked to leave.

Communication Policy
• THRIVE communication is done primarily through “The Jump” app where we have a private jump for us as a whole and individual groups as well. Please check often for updates and have notifications on. Absences MUST be communicated directly to the admin team via direct message in “The Jump” with the three admins, or a phone call.

Cancellation Policy

• THRIVE reserves the right to cancel co-op classes due to weather or excessive illness. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified by phone, text, GroupMe app, email, and/or our Facebook page.

Weather Policy

•THRIVE will follow the Jackson county school closings upon snow days or severe weather. However, the leadership team has the right to cancel co-op or close early at their discretion.  Your safety is more important than our classes.


Behavioral Expectation
• Adults and children are expected to behave in a loving and Christ-like manner at all times. We are to be uplifting and encouraging to each other in our words and deeds. We should all guard our words and tongues (James 3).
• Disagreements and conflicts are to be handled privately (Matt. 18:15-17) and with respect for the
other person’s feelings. Peacekeeping and true resolution should be the motivating factor.
Mediation will be provided if disputes cannot be resolved by those involved.
• Should a member (child or adult) refuse to adhere to these or any of THRIVE guidelines and express unwillingness to change their behavior after resolution is sought by administration, they will be evaluated by the THRIVE administrative team and they will decide if THRIVE is right for them.

Discipline Policy
Discipline Problems
• Discipline will be addressed by the mentor in elementary classes and the teacher in youth classes, however, every parent is responsible and permitted to correct any student as needed.

  • Discipline problems are defined as, but not limited to: any disrespect for teacher or fellow
    classmates, obstinate behavior, talking out of turn, arguing, roughhousing, running inside the building, etc.
    First Offense:
    The mentor/teacher will attempt to verbally correct the student in a kind manner within the classroom.
    Second Offense:
    The mentor/teacher will remove the student from classroom participation, i.e. student will sit the the corner of the room, away from the rest of the class for an appropriate amount of time until the mentor/teacher decides the student is ready to participate once again.

Third Offense:
The administrative team and the  parent will be notified. The student must remain with their parent at a non-participatory level for the remainder of the co-op day. The student will be given a “Stop and Think” sheet to be discussed with a member of the administrative team.

Aggressive Behavior
• Aggressive behavior defined as, but not limited to: bullying, pushing, kicking, biting, punching and name calling, etc. will not be tolerated. Should aggressive behavior occur, the following action will be taken:
First Offense:
The mentor/teacher will immediately remove the student from the classroom and notify
the THRIVE administrative team. The student will then be taken to their parent and all parties will work privately together to determine the next course of action.
Second Offense:
The student may be suspended from THRIVE for up to 3 weeks. If the student continues to be a problem upon his/her return, this behavior may result in permanent removal from THRIVE. In this case, all registration fees and dues continue to remain non-refundable.

Miscellaneous Rules
• Electronic devices, including but not limited to: cell phones, mp3 players, tablets, and laptops, may not be used by students unless required for the class. Internet usage must always be monitored by teachers.
•All members should limit cell phone usage to their free hour.

  • Do not give out the church’s phone number as a way to contact you during co-op. There will be no church staff on duty during co-op hours. Please bring a cell phone if someone will need to reach you.
    • Be respectful of the church building and leave the church as we found it or better.
    • The THRIVE administrative team reserves the right to, at any time prayerfully re-evaluate whether or not a family should continue in THRIVE.
    • No weapons of any kind are allowed at any co-op event.
    • Please dress appropriately and modestly during co-op class days and functions as it pleases the Lord. If the THRIVE administrative team deems your attire inappropriate, you will be asked to go home and change.

Disaster Plan
• In case of Fire, all teachers need to escort their class outside to the parking lot in front of the building. Once outside and safely away from the building the teachers will have their class SIT DOWN and make sure all students are accounted for. If you are missing a student, quickly report this to a member of the administrative team. DO NOT GO BACK INSIDE THE BUILDING. Keep your
students together and quiet and await further instructions.
• In case of Tornado all teachers need to escort their class to their assigned location. Once there, teachers will have their class SIT DOWN and make sure all students are accounted for. If you are missing a student, quickly report this to a member of the administrative team. Keep your students together and quiet and await further instructions.

Supervision and Security
• Children must remain in their assigned rooms unless otherwise specified by an adult. Elementary-aged students must be accompanied by an adult when leaving the classroom for any reason.

  • The doors will be locked at 10:00 am and may NEVER be propped open.
  • If a stranger knocks on the church door, for our safety, NEVER open it or let them in. Simply tell them through the door to return during posted church office hours. Students should notify an adult.
  • If you are late to co-op you will need to call or text a friend or the administrative team to let you into the building. You will need to walk students 6th grade and under to their classrooms. Please do not let them run to class on their own.

Family Fifteen
• All THRIVE members will meet in the sanctuary before 10am.  Students need to sit with their first period teacher until they are dismissed to their classes.

  • Mothers of babies – please keep your baby with you during Family Fifteen and drop them off in the
    nursery on your way to class.

Dismissal

  • Preschool through elementary students will be picked up in the sanctuary.
  • Nursery workers will remain in the nursery until parents arrive to pick them up. (Parents of babies will complete their cleaning assignments before picking up their babies and then meet any of their older children in the sanctuary.)
  • One preschool teacher will walk their students to the sanctuary and one will stay to clean the classroom.
    • 4th period elementary mentors will walk their students to the sanctuary.
    • Elementary teachers will stay to clean the classroom.
    • 4th period youth teachers will supervise the youth cleaning the room.
    • Youth students need to go straight to their assigned cleaning job and meet their parents in the sanctuary upon completion.
  • Once parents have gathered their children, they are dismissed. Please dismiss promptly as the administrative team cannot lock the building until everyone has left.