A. Member Family
We understand a homeschooling family to mean one male and one female parent with one or more children or anticipated children all related by the institution of marriage. We recognize the exception of a single parent family.
Parent(s) of students in each member family must be actively involved in a New
Testament church and in agreement with (and sign) the Confession of Faith, the stated
purpose of this organization, and these Policies and Procedures.
A homeschool student is defined as a child who is educated at home at least 51% of the time. WACHE acknowledges the age requirement of a homeschool student to be from birth to 18 years of age. We do not classify a post high school graduate as a homeschooled student. The term “school year” is defined as September 1st through May 31st.
C. Becoming a Member
1. Applications for membership in WACHE will be accepted during the following months: May 1st to May 31st
2. There will be no ceiling on the number of applications received during these
times. Families new to WACHE may join at any time during the year.
3. Members must reapply every year.
D. Membership Dues
Membership runs for the fiscal year of June 1st to May 31st
. The amount of the membership
dues will be determined each year by the WACHE Board and will be due no later than May 31st. If a family joins in January, membership fees will not be prorated. All membership fees are non-refundable.
E. Membership Cards
Each member family in WACHE will receive a membership card at the start of each school year. This card can be used to receive teacher discounts.
F. Background Checks
Every family wishing to be a member of WACHE, including Board Members, is subject to a background check. Background checks are performed on each parent and adult child active in WACHE upon initially joining WACHE with a recheck every three years. If a family rejoins after being out of WACHE for a year or more, or if adult children become newly active, they will be required to complete and pass a new background check.
G. Requirements & Attendance
There are no mandatory service requirements to be a part of the WACHE organization. We encourage our membership to use their God-given gifts, talents and creativity in WACHE activities to make them a success. WACHE is not a drop off support group. As such, each student should be accompanied by a parent for each activity. Children must be 24 hours free of fever, diarrhea, or vomiting to attend an event.
WACHE is a reflection of the character of the Lord Jesus Christ. Each member family will be responsible to see that their children’s manner and dress are Christ-honoring. Profanity and immodesty are not acceptable. Bullying of any kind by any parent or child is completely unacceptable. Disciplinary action will be taken in keeping with WACHE’s conflict resolution policy should a bullying issue arise.
Members may bring guests with prior approval to any WACHE event as space permits, excluding the End of Year Party and the GAP (Get Acquainted) Party. For WACHE School visitor policy, please refer to the WACHE School Handbook.
J. Conflict Resolution
Any claim, dispute or other matter in question that arises between any WACHE members shall be subject to mediation as a condition precedent to arbitration. WACHE members, including all Board Members, shall endeavor to resolve claims, disputes and other matters in question between them by mediation which shall be in accordance with the Mediation Rules of the American Arbitration Association currently in effect. Requests for mediation shall be filed in writing to the President. Disputing parties will attempt, at all times, to resolve any claim, dispute or other matter in a Christian manner. Additionally, all requests for resolution should be copied to the WACHE President and then, in turn, to the Executive Board. Any claim, dispute or other matter that is not resolved by mediation, shall be decided by arbitration as set forth in the current rules of the American Arbitration Association. Additionally, WACHE members and their families agree to resolve all disputes and mediations outside of the courtroom. Any member family agrees to not file suit against any other member family, WACHE or the church that WACHE is utilizing for any event of WACHE School. Any member family who ceases to agree with or abide by WACHE Policies and Procedures or who in some way brings disrepute on WACHE shall be biblically confronted by the leadership for restoration into WACHE. If unreconciled, the family will be excluded from WACHE membership until all issues are resolved to the complete satisfaction of the WACHE Executive Board.
K. Cessation of Membership
Member families no longer desiring membership in WACHE may notify the Vice President and request removal from WACHE. Membership fees are non-refundable.