2019-2020 Brazos Valley Co-op Handbook

Please read carefully. You are responsible for knowing and abiding by the following guidelines.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Why We Exist

Parent/Teacher Relationship

Parent/BVC Relationship

Parent Involvement

How We Started

Co-op Cell Phone

The Co-op Committee

Brazos Valley Co-op Statement of Faith

Discipline Policy

Payment Policy

Drop Fee

Class Cancellation Policy

Tuition

Refunds

Registration

Registration Dates

Code of Conduct

Dress Code

Parents’ Service Hours Requirements

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedure

Parent Contract

Student Contract

Bullying Definition

FAQ’s

Emergencies and Illnesses

Emergencies

Illness

Student Volunteer Opportunity

Co-op Calendar


Introduction

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Thank you for your interest in Brazos Valley Co-op. We are a Christian organization with teachers who teach from a biblical perspective. This packet contains information and forms necessary to register for the school year. An online class catalog with full class descriptions completes the registration information.

Why We Exist

The Brazos Valley Co-op exists to provide quality classes for homeschooled students that will enrich their overall educational experience.  Our co-op is not designed to take the place of parents educating their children at home but to provide valuable opportunities to homeschooled students.  We are a co-op, not a school nor a business.  Parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s education.  Our co-op depends on the cooperation and participation of parents, students, and teachers.

Parent/Teacher Relationship

Each teacher strives to offer beneficial and superior classes.  Our teachers have a degree and/or experience in their field of study.  You, the parent, are hiring the teacher as an individual.  The co-op committee merely facilitates and organizes the class schedule.  Teachers are independent and completely responsible for their course content.  Some teachers may issue grades for their students, but parents are still responsible to keep all records.  Parents must decide if the work in a class is sufficient to meet their requirements as well as the state’s standards to classify as a credit. Since we are not a school, we will not provide a transcript.  

Parents have the primary responsibility to communicate directly with teachers about any concerns.  Likewise, the teachers will notify the parents directly with problems or students’ needs.  Effective communication between parents and teachers is the key to a successful year.  

Parent/BVC Relationship

Parents are expected to model the behaviors expected of all students at BVC.  They should be respectful to authority and kind and thoughtful in word and deed.  They should not gossip or stir up dissension.  They should maintain a pleasant, cooperative attitude toward others.  They should remember at all times that co-op is a privilege which may be revoked if their own attitudes and behaviors are not acceptable.  They should maintain an attitude of gratitude rather than entitlement.  Parents should not be tardy in bringing their children to classes, and parents are responsible for ensuring that students are completing their assignments and participating in class with a cheerful attitude.

Parent Involvement  

Brazos Valley Co-op will be successful only if everyone (parents, teachers, students, and co-op committee members) does their part. Parents are, of course, responsible for getting students to co-op on time, making sure any homework is complete, and paying the teachers promptly.  We are fortunate that our co-op does not require extensive time involvement by all parents, BUT we do require that every family sign up for six hours of duty during the school year.  Just because the time commitment is minimal does not mean that it is not important.  We cannot have co-op unless everyone helps.  

Parents are completely responsible for their child/children even while they are at co-op. This being said, we have instituted rules and guidelines which are to be enforced by teachers and parents.


How We Started

The Brazos Valley Co-op began in 1994 when several moms wanted to find a way to enhance their home education programs.  Our co-op has always been God-directed and has grown and changed over the years as He has led.  Because of the growth in numbers of families involved, we were led in 2006 to seek a place where we could expand the number and variety of classes we can offer.  We are privileged to be able to use the facilities at Fellowship Bible Church.  

Co-op Cell Phone

We have a cell phone for emergency use only that will be kept in the notebook in the foyer.  Please keep the phone with you if you are on hall monitor duty.  The phone number, should you need to reach your child, is 254-744-1133.  This number is only operational on Fridays during co-op hours.  Please DO NOT call the Fellowship Bible Church office for co-op issues.

The Co-op Committee

A volunteer committee of homeschooling parents organizes the Brazos Valley Co-op. The BVC committee receives no compensation of any kind for their time.  The co-op leadership committee evaluates the policies and classes annually.  The committee is always available for suggestions.  Decisions made are based on what the committee feels will benefit the co-op as a whole.  

What the co-op committee does:

What we don’t do:

It is very important that we demonstrate a good example of homeschooling and protect the facility we have so graciously been allowed to use. Observance of the following guidelines will ensure that co-op’s objectives will be met. They can be summed up in this way:  Show thoughtfulness and respect toward the teachers, parents, other students, and our host church facility and staff.   At all times our actions and attitudes should honor our Lord Jesus Christ. “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus...” Col. 3:17.

We wish to thank the staff and congregation of Fellowship Bible Church in Waco for graciously opening their building to our co-op for the school year.  We ask for the prayers and co-operation of each student, parent, and teacher to make the co-op a safe and God-honoring place. May the Lord bless each of you.


Brazos Valley Co-op Statement of Faith

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We believe the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man, and the Divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

We believe in one infinite, true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Having lived without sin, He truly died and was resurrected in His own body for our atonement and resurrection.

We believe that only through His death, by the shedding of His blood, and His resurrection are we provided justification and salvation.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind; for the believer to an everlasting dwelling with God, for the unbeliever to an everlasting, conscious hell without God.

We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman).  We believe God has ordained and created marriage to exist between one man and one woman, with absolute marital fidelity. The Bible sets forth specific home and family values, which include the distinct roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and children. It is our firm conviction that we uphold the dignity of each individual as we embrace the unchanging and longstanding principles of scriptural truth.

We believe in the imminent, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Note:  All teachers and families are required to sign this statement indicating their agreement with it.  


Discipline Policy

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If an adult tells a student of a problem and he/she responds respectfully and corrects the problem, no further action will be taken.  If the student is told of a problem by an adult and he/she responds disrespectfully, does not correct the problem, has repeated corrections, or if the offense is considered serious by the observant adult, the following procedure may be implemented.

Step 1: Parental Notification

A Co-op Committee member or the teacher will inform the parent of the situation and expect this adult to discipline the student accordingly.

Step 2: Parental Supervision

If a student requires further discipline, the student can be required to have a parent with him/her at all times (and walked to each class, the lunchroom, etc.). The student and adult are both expected to accept this discipline measure with good attitudes.

Step 3: Dismissal

Failure to comply with Step 2 can result in dismissal. Also, at the discretion of the co-op committee, some offenses, such as possession of firearms or drugs, bullying, etc., can result in immediate dismissal from co-op. Remember that dismissal for behavioral problems does not release the family from drop fee obligations. Area co-ops share the names of negligent families.

We, the committee, reserve the right to impose additional penalties at our discretion such as, but not limited to, community service hours, letters of apology, etc.  Some of these may require parental involvement.

All disciplinary decisions made by the committee are final.  We thank you in advance for your support and for partnering with us to provide a safe, Christian learning environment.

“It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself, if his conduct is pure and right.” Proverbs 20:11


Payment Policy

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Co-op classes last 28 weeks from September 2019 through April 2020.  Please carefully consider your commitment when registering your child for co-op classes.

A Non-refundable registration fee is required at the time of registration.   This fee covers our rental agreement with Fellowship Bible Church, our costs to maintain the website, printing costs, parent and student ID cards, cleaning costs, our park rental fees for socials, and our costs for various other supplies such as the following: tables, chairs, vacuums, recess toys, etc.

You will also be required to pay a deposit for each class at registration.  This deposit will essentially be your last month’s tuition for that class.  You will need to write a check to each teacher for this deposit. This deposit is non-refundable, as teachers need this commitment to buy supplies and plan for their classes.  **We will only accept the exact deposit/fee amount at registration.  We will not accept semester or yearly fees at that time.

Drop Fee

The end of the co-op day on September 13, 2019, is the last day to remove your child from a class without a drop fee penalty. (Must have drop form in hand by 3:25 pm on this date.)  Please note that the class deposit paid at registration is non-refundable.  Please be considerate of the teachers and other students, and do not sign up for classes until you are sure your family will continue them throughout the year.  

There is a $30 drop fee per child, per class.  Failure to pay these drop fees will result in forfeiture of the right to register for classes in the future until all accounts are current.  You must inform the teacher that your student will be dropping a class.  After informing the teacher, you must also contact the co-op registrar.  (registrar@brazosvalleyco-op.com)   Choosing to withdraw your child from co-op in the middle of the year, a disciplinary dismissal from co-op, or a disciplinary dismissal from class by a teacher does not relieve you of the responsibility to pay the drop fees for the classes. By registering for co-op, you are agreeing to pay these fees should a drop situation occur.  Please refrain from asking the teachers to refund or waive these fees.  If you have paid tuition for the semester or year, that tuition will not be refunded with a drop, but the drop fee will be deducted from that amount. The drop fee will be deducted from that amount once the current monthly payment amount is deducted. Any remaining payment due to cover the drop fee will need to be paid to the teacher at the time the drop form is received.

***Drop fee for Pre-K is $60 because it is a three hour class.***

Fees are due WITH the drop form. Your family is not removed from the roster until drop forms AND payment are received, and tuition accrues until you are officially dropped from the BVC records for the year.  You are also responsible for all parent-duty requirements until the drop process is complete.

Teacher Change and Class Cancellation Policy

In the event of a teacher change for any class, all supply fees and deposits will be transferred to the new teacher. No refunds will be given in the event of a teacher change for the same class. If a class is cancelled by co-op for any reason, the deposit for that class will be refunded. If you register for only one class and that class is cancelled then your registration fee will be refunded.

Tuition

Tuition is based on the total cost of the class for the year and may be paid yearly, by semester, or by month.  The semester payments are due the first day of class in September and the first day of class in January.  The monthly payments are due the first class of each month.  These monthly payments do not reflect the number of times the class meets in any particular month; they are installments for the year.  ***If payment is not received by the 10th of the month, there will be an automatic $10 late fee applied to your tuition per child/per class. Remember that you can always mail tuition to your teachers, and some accept Paypal.

Tuition is paid directly to each teacher on the first class day of each month.  In April, no payment will be due since you have already paid for that month with your deposit. If you prefer to pay by cash, please put it in an envelope with your child’s name and the class name on the outside.  Some teachers offer a discount if you pay by semester.  Check each individual class description.

Refunds

If for any reason your child cannot be in class one day, do not expect the teacher to give you credit for the class.  Teachers spend time preparing and are present teaching whether you are there or not.  If we need to cancel co-op classes because of bad weather, there will be no refunds for that day.

If a teacher is absent without a substitute teacher present, the parent may subtract an amount for their payment based on the yearly scale.  Please check with the teacher for the correct amount.  Remember, class prices are based on yearly amounts divided by the number of classes in a year.  Monthly payments are installments as a convenience to the parents.  If you have already paid for the semester, the teacher will give you a refund.

BY ENROLLING YOUR CHILD, YOU ARE MAKING A COMMITMENT TO PAY FOR THESE CLASSES FOR THE FULL YEAR. WE TRUST THAT EACH FAMILY WILL FULFILL THIS COMMITMENT.

Study Hall

Study hall tuition is $25 and is paid the first Friday of each semester. You may find the payment amount and teacher information on the class description page. We do accept drop-ins for study hall for $5 per class.


Registration

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Please carefully read all the information in the Brazos Valley Co-op Handbook before submitting your registration. Students must be five years old on or before September 1st to enroll at BVC. (Pre-K students must be 3 by September 1st and completely potty trained.)

Registration must be done in person by the parents on one of the dates listed below.  No registration will be done online, over the phone, or by mail.  Only REGISTERED members of the Brazos Valley Co-op will be allowed to register onto waiting lists.  To be a registered family, parents must sign up for their entire year of parent duty, turn in all signed contracts, pay all building fees and deposits, owe no fines from previous years, and be accepted after committee review into the co-op.  Without completing these items, a family is not considered a member of the Brazos Valley Co-op.  Fees are not refundable unless the committee decides on review to reject a family application.

Re-enrollment of current families is not guaranteed.  The BVC committee reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any previously enrolled family if they have not complied with all BVC policies and guidelines as required.  Families owing fines or drop fees from previous years will not be approved for registration.

If your student will be assisting in a certain class, we must have written approval from teacher with your class registration form before this will be approved. Student must also fill out the online form using the “Classroom Assistant Form” on our website and agree to and sign the BVC Statement of Faith.

All special needs of your child must be listed on the Family Enrollment Application form.  BVC is not equipped to handle special education needs, and the BVC committee reserves the right to relinquish co-op registration to any child if it is found that the needs of that child are more than any teacher can handle without extra assistance (this includes educational or behavioral issues).

Parents may download the  Brazos Valley Co-op Handbook online and bring completed forms to registration on one of the dates listed below.   At that time parents will pay the co-op registration fee and any class deposits/materials fees required.

Enrollment is not final or complete until references are checked by the BVC committee.  If registration is denied, all fees and deposits will be refunded.

Parents will also be required to sign up for their parent duty service times.

Forms will be available at each registration, but it will be faster if you have them filled out ahead of time.  All registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis.  

A number will be assigned to you when you arrive to register.

On registration day, please bring the following:

  1. Checks made out to each teacher for class deposits and materials fees.  The amounts are listed on each class description page.  Please write separate checks for each class, even if the teacher is the same.  If you choose to pay in cash, please put the money in an envelope with your child’s name, the class name, and the teacher's name on the outside.
  2. Checks for the following fees:  
  1. Personal calendar to sign up for parent duty
  2. Completed forms
  1. Be sure that any outstanding fines or drop fees have been paid.

Registration Dates

At Fellowship Bible Church, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

At Fellowship Bible Church, 10 am to 1 pm

At Fellowship Bible Church

There is a mandatory Parent/Student Orientation Meeting on August 23rd at 10:00 AM.  Parents and students must attend.  This meeting provides an opportunity to meet teachers, locate classrooms, and receive supply lists or syllabi.  Failure to attend this meeting for ANY reason will require an additional two hours of parent duty.  If you must miss this important gathering, we will contact you to help you sign up for this alternative duty option.  

Student and Family ID badges


Code of Conduct

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Dress Code

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Parents’ Service Hours Requirements

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Registration for co-op classes will not be considered complete without a specific service hour commitment for the school year.  Each family participating in co-op classes is required to contribute six hours of duty time per year.  A list of duties and hours counted is below.

Hall monitor and lunch duty slots will be filled first.  We will divide your duty hours between fall and spring semesters at sign up.

Families who refuse to participate in these service hours will not be enrolled in co-op.

Exact duties during the service hours are noted on the Parent Duty page of the website and will be available to you at co-op on the day of your service.  You will sign up for all six hours (divided between fall and spring semesters) at the time of registration, so please bring your calendar for the entire school year.  The service hours coordinator will honor the parents’ preferences as much as possible.  The final parent duty calendar will be posted on the website.

Cancellation of duty cannot be accepted unless you switch duties with someone.  Both parties must notify the service hours coordinator. (servicehours@brazosvalleyco-op.com)  Email reminders will be sent out each week to those who have duty.  Failure to show up for duty leaves over 200 children unsupervised.  A fine of $50 for set-up, clean-up, lunch duty, and pickup line duty; and $100 for half day duty times will be assessed for failure to show for parent duty and you must make up the day you missed.  Repeated absences will result in dismissal from co-op.  Remember that this dismissal does not exempt one from drop fees.

Please note that these requirements may change depending on the number of families enrolled in the co-op.  We are very blessed as parents to have such a small service requirement, and we will keep this requirement as low as possible while ensuring proper supervision of the students and monitoring of the facilities.

Monitors should also be familiar with the “Discipline Policy”, “Code of Conduct”, and “Dress Code” found in this handbook.  All monitors should be watchful for safety issues, noise control, and maintenance of the church building and grounds.  We do ask monitors to stay alert and focused on their responsibility and to be watchful of the entire area to which they are assigned. Doing other tasks, visiting with friends, etc., can interfere with the monitor’s primary responsibility to help insure that the co-op is safe and orderly.  All monitors have the authority to correct any student. Should a student not respond appropriately, please refer to the Co-op Discipline Policy detailed in this handbook.  Diligent and responsible fulfillment of these monitor positions make a significant impact on our co-op environment and enables BVC to function at its best in its service to the students, parents, and teachers.

Because of habitual tardiness for parent duty hours, there is a $2 fine for EACH MINUTE that you are late.  We can not function without cooperation from each of our families.  When you arrive for duty, be sure to do the following:

  • Check in on the iPad located near the parent duty notebook using your parent ID card to verify your check in time.

  • Check out on the iPad when you have completed your duty.

The committee will check this log each week and notify you if you owe a penalty. Thank you for your cooperation.  All fines must be paid in full in order to register for the upcoming year.

**Parents may indicate on the registration form if they are willing to substitute for a set fee.  We will post the names on the web site.  All parents are still responsible for their service requirement, but they may call a parent on the list to cover for them.  If you choose to call a substitute, you pay them directly.  Both parties must notify the service hour coordinator about the substitution.

Substitute fees will be as follows:

The Parent Duty Coordinator does not arrange for subs; the committee will only maintain a list of willing substitutes.  There is a link to contact substitutes located on our homepage at www.brazosvalleyco-op.com.

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedure

In order to better protect our children, we will have cones blocking part of the thru-way in the parking lot.  You will need to follow the proper flow of traffic for drop-off and pick-up, and you will no longer be able to park directly in front of the covered drop-off area.  Please do not park in the drive-thru and wait for your child to come to the door at pick-up.  If they are not ready to meet you, drive back around, and wait in line again to get them.  The cones will block cars from driving through the busiest walk-way, and it will also force drivers to stay in ONE LINE for their turn to pull up to the doors.  DO NOT move the cones or try to go through the cones.

To ensure safety and efficiency during pickup, there will be a parent on a two-way radio communicating with the parent on duty inside the building. (Think Chic-Fil-A drive thru!) Parents must show their BVC Parent ID card to outside monitor who will then relay the student’s name to the indoor monitor. If you do not have your ID with you, you must park and present your driver’s license to committee member inside foyer to pick up your child.  If your child does not immediately come to vehicle when their name is called inside by monitor, you must pull back around to end of line, or you may park and come to foyer to pick up your child.

If you are sending someone else to pick up your child from co-op, you may send your parent ID for pickup with that adult, or you may contact the committee via email to let them know in advance that someone other than a parent is taking their child home. The committee member will let pickup duty monitor know this information.


Parent Contract

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I understand that Brazos Valley Co-op is not a school, nor is it a business.  Therefore, I, not Brazos Valley Co-op, will be responsible for keeping all records, grades, and deciding if the work being assigned in class is sufficient to meet my standards and the state’s requirements to classify as course credit.

By signing this contract and submitting my non-refundable registration fee, I recognize that I am registering for a year-long commitment, and that co-op classes are held weekly from September 6, 2019, until April 24, 2020 (28 classes).  I am guaranteeing that I will pay all monthly or semester tuition in accordance with the payment policy.  If I withdraw my child/children before the end of April from any class for any reason, I agree to pay the designated drop fee per child, per class.  If monthly tuition is not paid by the 10th of the month, a $10 late fee will be added per child/per class/per week.

I further recognize that with the privilege of participating in the Brazos Valley Co-op comes the responsibility to perform service hours. I will perform my service hours as required.  If I must switch from my original sign-up day, I and the other party will notify the service hours coordinator of this change.  If I am delinquent in paying tuition, the appropriate drop fees, parent duty fines, or if I have not fulfilled my service hours, I understand that I will not be able to register for co-op the following year.  I understand that I will be fined for missing my set parent duty time and that multiple absences will result in dismissal.

I have read and understand the entire, current Brazos Valley Co-op Handbook, and I have reviewed this with my children.  I agree to abide by the guidelines and understand that failure to do so may result in dismissal from co-op.  Brazos Valley Co-op reserves the right to deny participation to any student or family.

I agree to model respectful, kind behaviors in my interactions with teachers, other families, other students, as well as the co-op committee.  If there is conflict, I will not gossip, stir up dissension, or spread malcontent within the co-op community.  I understand and agree that inappropriate behavior on the part of parents may result in the dismissal of my family from co-op without recompense.  I understand and agree that the decisions of the co-op committee regarding discipline, including disciplining of non-compliant adults/families, are final.

I will remember that the moms involved in the administration of Brazos Valley Co-op are volunteers and are not being compensated for their time.  I understand that their decisions are for the good of BVC as a whole and are always prayerfully considered.  Furthermore, in the case of an accident that results in the injury to my children or myself, I agree to hold harmless Brazos Valley Co-op Committee members or Fellowship Bible Church for any damages or medical care/expenses.  I further agree to pay for any item that my child(ren) damage or break at Fellowship Bible Church.

I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT AN EXPRESS PURPOSE OF THIS AGREEMENT IS TO EXEMPT, WAIVE, AND RELEASE FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH, BRAZOS VALLEY CO-OP, THEIR ADMINISTRATION, TEACHERS, AND VOLUNTEERS FROM LIABILITY FOR PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND WRONGFUL DEATH CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, INCLUDING ANY NEGLIGENCE BY FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH, BRAZOS VALLEY CO-OP, THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, EXECUTORS, OR ANY OTHERS.

Parent’s Signature ___________________________________ Date ______________

Print Name _________________________________________


Student Contract

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Please read through this contract with your mom or dad and sign at the bottom.

Student

Signature __________________________________________ Date _____________

Parent’s

Signature __________________________________________ Date _____________

Print Name _____________________________________________


Bullying Definition

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Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.  Bullying and/or intentional cruelty in any form will not be tolerated at the Brazos Valley Co-op.  Those discovered bullying will be subject to the disciplinary policy stated in the Brazos Valley Co-op, but might also have further and more severe consequences including the possibility of dismissal from Co-op without refund of any fees with withdrawal fees incurred as well at the sole discretion of the BVC committee and depending on other factors such as age, severity of the action, etc.  This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Medication Policy

If your child needs medication during the co-op day, a parent must bring the medication to the child and administer it. Do not send medication to co-op with your student.


FAQ’s

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Do I have to pay for classes? 

Our co-op is fee-based.  Teachers are paid monthly. 

My child is almost five, can I register him?

Students must be five years old on or before September 1st in order to register for classes. (Pre-K students must be 3 by September 1st and completely potty trained.)

May I send my child to study hall even though he isn’t officially enrolled that hour?

Yes, we do accept drop-ins for study hall for $5 per class.

What if I can’t be there for my lunch duty or hall monitor duty?

You need to find another parent who is willing to trade/sub for you; then both parties must notify the service hours coordinator (email service@brazosvalleyco-op.com). If you don’t show up then there will be nearly 200 children without proper supervision.  You also have the option of paying a parent on our substitute list.  Failure to fulfill your set duty time will result in a fine.  Multiple absences will result in dismissal from co-op.

What does the registration fee cover? 

The BVC registration fee covers the our rental agreement with FBC, the cost of the web site, database, parent and student ID badges, any mailings, printing costs, tables, chairs, vacuums, whiteboards, cleaning fees, etc.

Some months only have 3 co-op classes and other months have 4 or 5 classes.  Do I still have to pay the same amount each month? 

Yes. Class fees are based on yearly prices, which are broken down into monthly payments as a convenience to the parents.  Please read our complete payment policy. 

Will co-op classes be cancelled if there is bad weather?

BVC closures will be prayerfully decided upon by the BVC committee.  If there is inclement weather, we will not delay classes but will close for the day.  You will find closure announcements on our website, through an email, and on some TV stations.  Teachers will not refund any fees for classes cancelled due to weather.  Please check the website before contacting committee members. 

What if my child leaves something at co-op?

There is a large plastic tub that is kept in the foyer during co-op hours.  Any found items will be placed there. BVC donates items several times a year, so please check the lost and found often.   

My child has special needs.  Can I still register him for classes?

There is an area on the Family Enrollment Application form for listing special needs.  Please contact the teacher before you register.  You and the teacher can discuss whether your child will be able to take the class.  It may be that the parent needs to stay with the child during class.   BVC is not equipped to handle special educational or behavioral needs, and we reserve the right to relinquish the child’s enrollment if we are unable to handle these issues.

Why do I have to pay a deposit for each class?

Your deposit is needed by the teacher to guarantee your spot in the class, to buy supplies needed, and make plans for a certain number of students. 

Where is the link to download the Brazos Valley Co-op Handbook?

The link is on the top bar under Registration on every page of the web site.   

Where can I get more Student Contracts and Class Registration Forms?

There is a link in the Handbook Section of the web site.

 

Can I send a cell phone with my child so I can reach him?

Children may have cell phones with them, but they are not to be used during any class.  If cell phones ring or are used during class, they will be taken by the teacher and returned at the end of class.  Study hall is an exception, and the use of phones will be determined by the teacher.

What about other electronic devices?

The best place for all electronic devices is at home.  Children are less distracted during class and can have more social interaction between classes and at lunch if they don't have these devices.

Can my child leave to go out for lunch?  

BVC is a closed campus.  If you would like your child to leave during lunch, you must be present to leave with them.  You may not send written permission for your child to leave, even if they are driving themselves.  If they leave the building, they need to leave for the day.  No coming and going. Student loitering in the parking lot (even in vehicle) is prohibited.  If you would like another adult (parent aged adult, not another 18 year old student) to take your child for lunch, please send this request to the committee in advance in writing.  Permission will be granted only by committee and not the parent on duty.  The safety of all of our children is our top priority!


Emergencies and Illnesses

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Emergencies

Illness


Student Volunteer Opportunity

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High school students have the opportunity to earn volunteer service hours.  After successful completion of your service, we will give you a letter stating your hours of service and a letter of recommendation.  This letter is valuable to you as a student applying to college.  Almost every college wants to know what else you can do besides academics.  Volunteering for a semester or a year shows a great deal of commitment.  

No experience necessary.  You must have transportation to be able to arrive early or stay late.  Hardworking, reliable students may apply.  

Service is needed in the following areas:

See committee member, Julie Spann, for an application to volunteer.


2019-20 Co-op Calendar

April 12, 2019

Registration day for current co-op families 9:00 - 2:00

April 19, 2019

Good Friday - No classes

April 26, 2019

Registration day for new and current families 9:00 - 2:00

April 26, 2019

Last day of co-op for 2018-2019 -  BVC Shirt and Crazy Sock Day!

June 14, 2019

Registration Day at Fellowship Bible Church 10:00 - 1:00

August 23, 2019

Mandatory parent/student meeting 10:00am – registration after meeting until 1:00pm

September 6, 2019

Co-op classes begin – monthly and semester payments due

September 13, 2019

Last day to drop classes without paying a drop fee (by 3:25pm)

September 20, 2019

September 27, 2019

BVC Shirt  and Mustache Day

October 4, 2019

Monthly payments due

October 11, 2019

 

October 18, 2019

School Picture Day

October 25, 2019

Literature Character Dress Up Day

November 1, 2019

Monthly payments due

November 8, 2019

November 15, 2019

November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving Break

November 29, 2019

Sports Team Day

December 6,  2019

Monthly payments due

December 13, 2019

Last day of classes for first semester - Christmas Shirt Day

December 20, 2019

Christmas Break

December 27, 2019

Christmas Break

January 3, 2020

Christmas Break

January 10, 2020

Class schedule resumes - Monthly and semester payments due

January 17, 2020

 

January 24, 2020

January 31, 2020

Pajama Day

February 7, 2020

Monthly payments due

February 14, 2020

 

February 21, 2020

February 28, 2020

Crazy Hair/Hat Day

March 6, 2020

Monthly payment due

March 13, 2020

Spring Break - No Class

March 20, 2020

March 27, 2020

Backwards Day

April 3, 2020

No payments due – deposit covers the last month - Open House

April 12, 2020

Good Friday - No classes

April 17, 2020

Registration for current BVC Families

April 24, 2020

Registration for new and current families - Last day of co-op - BVC Shirt & Crazy Sock Day