Indigenous Education Policy
Integrating Indigenous perspectives into our school community is an initiate we started in 2018 by analyzing Indigenous Perspectives of Learning. We discovered Indigenous values are very similar to Biblical values and therefore our school can easily implement appreciation and caring related to the First Peoples of Canada. We strive to implement the following perspectives in our practice daily:
CHeS Administration & Teachers will work on becoming more informed and aware of Indigenous resources that mutually support our Biblical values. Our desire is to be a blessing to the Indigenous community and all those who seek a place of safety and belonging.
CHeS Cash Payment Limit: We will not collect cash deposits from families in excess of $1000.
CHeS Student Discipline Policy
CHeS acknowledges that parents or guardians are the primary disciplinarians for their children learning at home. However, when students meet with a teacher or other students online, they must respect these guidelines.
Family Values Respected - While CHeS teachers strive to interpret all standards according to Biblical principles, standards in the PHE learning area may be sensitive topics that families want to keep private and deliver in their own way. Alternate delivery (AD) & personal discretion is encouraged for all such topics. Parents have the legal right to guide their children morally & Biblically and CHeS will respect every family's personal choices and boundaries.
Provincial Online Standards - The online program at Christian Homelearners eStreams operates within the Standards for Delivery of K-12 Independent School Distributed Learning in British Columbia.
CHeS supports and following "STANDARDS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES"
Standardized Performance for online Students - It is a policy of Christian Homelearners e-Streams to have a standardized level of acceptable student performance for each course offered at each grade level. For each course these standards are listed in the BC Curriculum website as well as imbedded throughout our planner system (course templates). Learning standards are divided up 3 ways. Go here for more details:
Big Ideas - Overall Understanding - general course objectives
Course Competencies - What the student will be able do
Course Content - what the student will know
Learning standards can be met across the grades for Elementary learners (K-9). Bench-mark checks are in place for Grades 3, 6, & 9. This is a ministry strategy to help prevent learning gaps. High School courses are competency driven and may be stand-alone learning experiences or integrated learning across the subjects.
Course Completion Policy - One Year Boundary - High School students are expected to complete their courses within one year of start date. After one year the course will be closed but more time (up to 6 months) may be granted if brought to the Principal for permission to continue. We are tightening up on course completion boundaries as allowing 2 years for course completion has not helped motive our students towards responsible studies. Students who fail to complete their courses on time will be faced with final assessment or they may withdraw from their courses and restart from the beginning.
Withdrawing out of the CHeS Online Learning Program - If a student is withdrawing from the Online Program the first person aware emails all departments (records, accounts, the teacher, SE Coordinators, and Principal) about the withdrawal.
School Vaccinations - Christian Homelearners does not endorse any proposed or particular healthcare plans that may or may not conflict with any families personal healthcare choices, philosophy or preferences for personal health care initiatives that may or may not be in the best interests of the family. Therefore, all parents/families will independently decide if, to what extent and how they choose to participate in any proposed, recommended or Government sponsored student health programs. Christian Homelearners endorses a biblical worldview; to encourage each family to independently interpret their personal position on a plethora of personal healthcare issues that could affect their families health in the light of God's Word.
Anaphylaxis Policy - For families at CHeS with life threatening allergies. Please see Policy here & Emergency Response Plan here
Parent Appeals Procedure - Parents should use this step-by-step process when working to solve problems at CHeS:
If a concern involves a teacher:
If a concern involves the principal:
*Note: if the problem cannot be solved between direct parties, the person the issue involves will be removed from the appeal decision-making process.
Challenge and Equivalency Policy – There are a variety of options for earning credits towards Graduation. The BC Ministry of Education outlines how students can earn high school credits through challenge and equivalency. Go here. CHeS will seek to honor all options.