LOL Families Handbook

Love of Learning Families is a secular open minded community of homeschooling families in the Tampa Bay area. We strive for tolerance, respect, and friendship for our children and ourselves. We are supportive of attachment parenting and natural family living, and we welcome families of all faiths and cultures and are an LGBTQ+ embracing community. We are a cooperative of parents that coordinate classes for our children to supplement and enrich the learning that you do at home. You can sign up for one class or up to 5 classes a semester. (This is not a drop off program so you do need to be on property with your child at all times.)

 

We meet on Thursdays during a given semester (dates can be found on home page of website www.lolfamilies.info) from 9:00a.m. – 1:10p.m at Boys and Girls Club at 7742 61st Street, Pinellas Park. Some families meet at the playground across the street after 1:10 p.m.

 

Our Facebook page is used for communication, and we maintain a separate closed group for families currently participating in the cooperative for that semester.

 

The guidelines and policies stated here were formed by the Admin team to ensure the safety our members and the respectful use of our rented facility.  The Admin team reserves the right to alter or add to these policies as needed. The Admin team also reserves the right to deny membership in or access to LOL Families coop, coop functions and online forums owned by LOL Families at any time to any one, for reasons including but not limited to disciplinary action, child related criminal investigations or convictions, or bad karma.  

 

FEES REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE

The fee to participate in the cooperative is $45.00 per registered family per semester. This covers our rent, insurance and other expenses.
The registration link can be found on our website mentioned above, and you can pay with paypal or by check. Once we have received payment for your $45 registration fee per family, then we will send you a link so that you can register for classes. Please write the e-mail address you want the link sent to on your check. That check will be cashed immediately and is not refundable.You can send checks to:

 

LOL Families

1171 Bluffs Circle

Dunedin, Fl 34698

 

It is important to register your entire family with LOL Families. Younger siblings who are not taking classes still need to be registered for insurance purposes even if they are under a year old. So please list all children when registering for classes.

 

 

 

Parental and Student Agreement

 

For the cooperative to function effectively, LOL Families depends on all members to contribute to the group through contribution and participation. By participating in the various aspects of the operation of LOL Families, membership ensures that the policies and management of LOL Families reflect the needs and desires of our community. For this reason, we ask that our members agree to the terms of the following commitment.

 

  1. Pay a $45 registration fee.
  2. Pay any fees associated with classes that are attended by children and/or parents before the first day of class.
  3. Members of LOL Families are required to volunteer. You can sign up through the Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Kobie Pierce. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to sign up and to find a replacement should they be unable to fulfill their prior obligation. If you cannot volunteer, there will be additional opportunities to signup for supply donations.
  4. Parents must be present on property or arrange for their children to be under the care of a trusted adult. If for any reason you cannot come to LOL Families with your children you can make arrangements with another parent to take responsibility for your children. You will need to sign a form at the front desk that states who you are turning responsibility over to. Children not participating in classes, but are present, must be under the supervision of their parent or a trusted adult.
  5. Maintain the order and cleanliness of the facility.
  6. Review and abide by the LOL Families Member Code of Conduct. Review and discuss the Code of Conduct with children.
  7. Review and abide by LOL Families Health and Safety Manual.

 

  1. Teachers: These individuals give of their time by sharing their gift and love of teaching with our children. We ask that all teachers, along with the assistance of parents help in maintaining the cleanliness of classrooms.
  2. Maintain professional confidentiality with regard to any information about a specific child’s development, family situations, and the like.

 

LOL Families Member Code of Conduct

Attending a home schooling cooperative is a privilege in which we are all happy to share. LOL Families wants to create an environment that embraces these character traits: respect, responsibility, safety and attentiveness. Families are actively involved and responsible for their own learning. Families must show respect to themselves and to others as well as the Boys and Girls Club facility, which we are very lucky to use.  

Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times, or maintaining frequent check ins and know where they are at all times.  We understand with multiple children this is a challenge and so we ask that as a group, we share responsibility for ensuring the safety of our kids and respectful use of the Boys and Girls property.  If you see anyone engaging in destructive or dangerous behaviors, please stop them, and find a parent or administrator if more intervention is needed.

 

We have access to the building from 9am to 1:30pm on Thursdays.  The time between end of classes at 1:10 and 1:30 is for our cleaning volunteers to ready the building to return for use by Boys and Girls Club.  We ask if you do not have cleaning duties that you vacate the building at that time. We encourage an “unofficial” 6th period at the park across the street, and you are welcome to hang out there.

 

Below are basic conditions we will all share while at LOL Families.

1.It is unacceptable to use inappropriate or hurtful language.

  1. It is unacceptable to hit or kick or give unwanted touching.
  2. We will be respectful of the indoor and outdoor facilities.
  3. We will be respectful of the other humans in our cooperative, parents are encouraged to gently help their children solve conflicts without yelling, shaming or punishing.
  4. Please clean up after yourselves and take all belonging on your way out the door so that they are ready for Boys and Girls Club to use after we vacate the building at 1:10p.m.
  5. Please park across the street near the ball field, or in the parking lot by the bleachers. AVOID parking along the sidewalks/curbs in front of the Boys and Girls Club building.  The police will ticket you if they find any part of your car on the curbs.
  6. Although we know it is very tempting for children to leave the facility and cross the street to the playground during LOL Families we want to seriously discourage it. There have been several kids hit crossing the street at this spot. A crosswalk was installed on this street due to the accidents in the area. Please use the crosswalk OR walk across with your children for everyone’s safety. Children also need to stay on the sidewalks and out of the parking lot.
  7.  All feet must wear shoes, excepting very tiny babies and feet in casts.
  8. As tempting as it is, please ask your children not to climb trees on the premises or the fences on the field/playground.  Yes, we know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Find a gate or door anyway.
  9. No pets are allowed into Boys and Girls Club without approval.
  10. Please keep all food and drinks inside the cafeteria or outside at the picnic tables. Feel free to bring blankets or camping chairs to sit on outside for lunch.
  11. Please be sure to pick up any trash on the playground that has been left behind.      Encourage the kids to do the same.
  12. No smoking or vaping allowed on the premises. 
  13. Boys and Girls Club does not allow gum in their building.
  14. Please escort children under 6 back and forth to classes in the art annex.
  15. Classes are not to be disrupted by children or anyone not in class.  Some of our classrooms are open to common areas, and we ask that if you use the common space, you are aware of and respect the fact that a class may be in progress.
  16. Please be aware and help your children be aware that there area all ages of humans in our coop, small ones and big ones, and we want everyone to be safe and have the ability to have fun.  Let your older ones be aware of small ones in the gym and field, and keep small ones away from active games of tag or kickball.
  17. The field and gym areas may or may not be available for play depending on class use and teacher preference.  
  18. Children are not allowed access to the kitchen area without adult supervision.
  19. Use of the hot tub is limited to children over age 12.
  20. All facility tables/chairs/projects and other items should be put back as found at the start of the day after every class.  We want to leave the building exactly as we found it, maybe even a little cleaner.

 

As a member of LOL Families we ask that families (adults and children) conduct themselves in a kind and helpful manner toward all individuals. If any rude, vulgar, aggressive or violent behavior is reported to LOL Families Administrative team it will be documented and discussed with the Administrative team as a whole. Witnesses will be contacted for written statements and the details of the event will not be discussed outside of the Administrative team. If the violation involves any threatening physical contact or threatening behavior the offender will be suspended from attending LOL families classes and events until the Administrative team has had an opportunity to meet and review the details of the incident. These types of behaviors will not be tolerated and could be cause for immediate dismissal. Registration and class fees will not be refunded.  

 

Discipline Procedures for LOL Families/Children  
1.If a teacher or parent has seen something inappropriate, he/she will discuss the matter with the student and/or parent.

  1. If the behavior is disrupting class, the teacher may ask the student to leave.
  2. If a student’s behavior does not improve, the teacher may ask the parent to remove the student from the class. Class fee will not be refunded. In these extreme circumstances, the family will still be considered part of the LOL Families and the child may stay in their other classes at the discretion of the LOL Families Administrative team.


LOL Families Health and Safety Manual

Dear Cooperative Families–

In the pages below are guidelines for health, safety, and security at LOL Families. Please note that communication and common sense judgment are of utmost importance. Incidents may happen and sometimes, can be prevented. The goal of the Health and Safety Manual is to maintain and promote the health and safety of our children, parents, and teachers at the Cooperative.

 

The Health and Safety Manual outlines procedures for reporting and managing illnesses, injuries and other incidents. It includes an Evacuation Plan, a Lightning/Severe Weather Plan, a Fire Safety Plan, a Fire Drill Procedure, and an Emergency Response Plan.

 

Parents at LOL Families run the cooperative together. Thus, safety and health are the joint efforts of the teachers, parents and caregivers. Everyone’s cooperation is needed to guarantee that we are as healthy and as safe as possible. Problems and potential problems need to be addressed in a timely manner to maximize safety and prevent accidents and incidents.

 

LOL Families encourages communication. If you have an idea to improve safety, please contact members of the Administrative team or the Parent Liason. We want everyone – students, teachers and families to be safe and healthy at the Cooperative.

 

Fire Emergency Evacuation Instructions:

In the event of a fire or unknown situation or emergency, dial 911.

 

Fire Alarm and Emergency Procedure/Safe Area/Meeting Place:

When you hear the fire alarm at the cooperative, always assume that there is a fire or emergency, and safely exit the buildings. When the alarm goes off, leave the classrooms, lounge, courtyard, and patio. Use the safest exit. Proceed to the fence on the Girls Inc. property (across the side street in between Boys and Girls Club and Girl’s Inc.). Students who are in class should stay with their teacher who will escort them to meet their parents or caregivers at the evacuation site.

 

Fire drills ensure that in a real emergency, everyone will be able to vacate the buildings safely and meet at the evacuation site.

 

Lightning/Severe Weather Plan

Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. If you can hear thunder, then you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors!

If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter inside a classroom. The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.

 

Tornado Watch/Warning Procedure

A tornado watch means that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted in the area and cover must be taken immediately. In the event of a tornado warning, adults and children is in front of the cube shelves and all the way along to the cafeteria. Everyone must remain in the safe space until the all clear has been given.

First Aid Kits

There is a first aid kit located at the front desk.

 

Security:

Visitors

Visitors are only allowed when accompanied by a parent or caregiver of a student at the cooperative. Visitors are to sign in. Visitors may not be left alone with children.

 

Child Abuse

As required under Section 39.201 Florida Statutes, the first obligation of any adult in Florida is to immediately report any incidence of known or suspected sexual or other abuse to the Department of Children and Families’ central abuse hotline on the single statewide toll-free telephone number 1-800-962-2873.

 

Building and Equipment Maintenance and Safety

Any safety threat or concerns to children, families, or teachers must be reported to a member of the Administrative team so that LOL Families can assess and assist in solving the safety concern. Any broken or unsafe equipment or furniture must be reported to a member of the administrative team so it can be repaired or replaced.

 

Hazardous Materials: All Hazardous Materials must be placed out of reach of children at all times.

 

Health Care Policy

Prevention is important. LOL Families encourages frequent hand washing to prevent the spread of illnesses. Adults should assist children with hand washing if necessary.

 

Minor Illnesses:

Adults should use common sense guidelines when determining whether or not they or their children feel well enough to attend classes. Please take into consideration the health and well being of other families. Adults and children must not be on campus if they have a fever or a communicable disease. Children and adults who are ill should remain at home until they are no longer contagious and are in good health.

Children and adults should stay home when they: have a fever; have unexplained rashes; have vomited; are suffering from diarrhea; have mucus from a cold that is extensive or cloudy; have Conjunctivitis (pink eye) or other contagious diseases.

 

Medical Emergencies

If a child or adult experiences symptoms that signify an emergency call 911

911 will be called if a child or adult: Is not breathing, is unconscious, is unable to walk, is having seizures, is bleeding heavily, has a head injury, has a serious allergic reaction.

Only adults trained in First Aid and CPR should supervise all first aid procedures.

 

Incident/Accident Report Guidelines

After a child or adult is tended to, a teacher or parent who was present or close to an injury or accident should document the incident on an incident report form. Incident report forms are on file at the Sign In desk.

 

Allergies

Parents or guardians of children with severe or life threatening allergies must inform LOL Families. This includes children with asthma. LOL Families is not responsible for families that bring in nuts or seeds.

Communicable Disease Protocol

A communicable disease is an illness transmitted through contact with microorganisms. People, surfaces, and air can all be carriers of the microorganisms that pass infectious illnesses from one host to the next. The exchange of fluids or contact with a contaminated substance or individual may be enough to allow a communicable disease to spread. The communicable diseases that could potentially cause great difficulty for our families with infants, immune disorders or other conditions could include but are not limited to Pertussis (Whooping Cough) and Rubeola (Measles).

 

Announcing Communicable Disease – If you have a communicable disease that has been confirmed by a doctor and you would like us to share that information with LOL Families we will forward the information via e-mail to all families registered within a given semester once we have received a note from the doctor. We will never release the name of teachers or families so please do not ask us to do so. If you have put two and two together we ask that you respect the privacy of the families involved and keep that to yourself.

Please do not report illnesses to the administrative team unless it is one of the communicable diseases listed above and has been confirmed by a doctor. Please continue to use your best judgement about illnesses in general.


Please feel free to give a heads up yourself via Facebook and/or Yahoo to LOL Families if your family is out with the flu or out with one of the communicable diseases listed above as a friendly heads up. We offer the option above for those families who want to remain anonymous.

 

Exceptions – we will make exceptions to the rule if we feel that it is in the best interest of LOL Families.

 

Make up days – if for any reason we have to cancel classes due to a large number of teachers being out sick we will attempt to offer a make up day at our current facility, however, it will not always be possible to reserve space. It will be up to each individual teacher to resolve this with the parents in a way that works best for their class. Please understand that these circumstances are out of their control.