Thrive Youth Class Policies and Details

Safety – Parents (or another person designated by parents) must walk with their children up to the classroom and sign the child in between 6:15-6:30pm.  Children should not be sent into the building alone.  Parents (or another person designated on the registration form) must pick children up from the classroom and sign them out promptly at 7:15pm.  For the safety of the children and to respect classes following this one, repeated late pick ups may cause dismissal from the program without refund.  Parents may leave during class time, wait for children on the benches in the upstairs hallway of the church, or enjoy the Language Cafe downstairs in the church Fellowship Room.

Other than with their parents, students may only leave with the adults specified on the registration form (ID will be verified if the adult isn’t known to the teacher/volunteer). If another person who is not listed on the registration form requests to pick up a student, that student will not be dismissed until phone contact has been made with a parent or the emergency contact listed on the registration form.

Parental Observation – At Thrive, we have a teacher and an approved volunteer in each youth classroom.  All of our teachers and volunteers supervising youth have the state required clearances and mandatory reporter training.  However, we also invite parents to occasionally observe whole classes or part of class if they would like to visit. If you would like to do this, please let the teacher know in advance or feel free to just stay when you drop your child off. If your child has special needs and regularly requires a parent to be with him/her, please talk with the director about this before registering.

Discipline – If a student has behavior that is disruptive to his/her learning or that of other students, the teacher or classroom volunteer will try to redirect the student and remind the student of classroom expectations either during or after class as appropriate. If the issue is repeated or serious, the teacher or classroom volunteer will seek to involve the student’s parents and program administration to work together on the issue.  When possible, it is our privilege to work with families to help resolve issues and build positive skills for our students.

If a student persists in significant disruptive or disrespectful behavior after two warnings in a class, the classroom volunteer or teacher will go with the student to call his/her parents for early dismissal that day. If this happens for three classes, the student may be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the program administration.

If a student presents a significant danger to himself/herself or others, the classroom volunteer or teacher will go with the student to call his/her parents for early dismissal. If such a serious issue happens, the student may be dismissed permanently from the program at the discretion of the program administration. Refunds will not be issued for discipline related dismissals.

Restroom Use – Children will get the most out of class, if they do not need to leave to use the restroom, so we encourage all youth students to use the restroom before coming to the classroom.  If needed, there are bathrooms downstairs at the church under the stairwell.  There is also a bathroom upstairs just at the top of the stairs.  If a child must use the restroom during class, a volunteer will accompany him/her and wait outside the bathroom door.

Weather – In the event of inclement weather, the program administration may decide to cancel class. Teachers may pass along work the children should continue to do during the week. Refunds will not be issued for weather related cancellations. However, if more than 2 classes are cancelled due to weather, a make up class(es) may be offered at the program’s discretion if the schedule permits.  Whenever possible, the decision to cancel class will be made by 4:00pm on the day of a class, and families will be notified by email and a note will be posted on Thrive’s Facebook page.