AUBURN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP

Policy on Home-Based Education

Revised and AUUF Board approved on March 11, 2012

The Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (AUUF) takes no particular stance on the merits of home-based education. Under the section 16-28-1 of the Alabama Legal code, the “homeschooling,” hereafter referred to as home-based education (HBE), option is most feasible under the sponsorship of a church school. The AUUF hereby adopts the following positions with the purpose of allowing members of AUUF who choose to do so practice home-based education.

  1. The parents/guardians of the children participating in HBE are designated as the “teachers” of the church school.
  2. The AUUF Board of Trustees shall designate an administrator whose duties are to oversee the requirements of this document and stated HBE regulations. Hereafter all references to “administrator” shall refer to this person. The HBE Administrator should not be a HBE current teacher nor a spouse/partner of an HBE current teacher. A deputy administrator who meets the same requirements set by AUUF of the administrator may be appointed as the need may arise.
  3. To be eligible for participation in the AUUF sponsored HBE program, a participating member of the AUUF shall meet the following requirements (the definition of a participating member of the AUUF is set by the AUUF Board):
    a) Read and be familiar with the Alabama code on school enrollment;
    b) Submit an initial statement on education philosophy, goals and methods to the Board;
    c) Complete an Alabama state church-school enrollment agreement;
    d) Sign a waiver document which relieves the AUUF from all legal and financial responsibility with regard to the HBE agreement;
    e) Receive a vote of approval at a meeting of the Board.
  4. Once sponsored by the AUUF, the teachers of the church school shall:
    a) Submit annual educational goals to the administrator;
    b) Submit quarterly progress reports and attendance records to the administrator;
    c) Arrange with the administrator to have the educational progress of the children participating in the HBE measured on an annual basis with the express purpose of assuring that minimal education objectives are being met (the details of this process will be worked out between the administrator and the teachers).
  5. The administrator shall:
    a) Keep the following documents on file:
    i) Copy of the “Alabama Scope and Sequence for K-12;”
    ii) Alabama code on school enrollment;
    iii) Copy of the church school enrollment form;
    iv) Liability release form;
    v) Current list of all AUUF HBE teachers and students;
    vi) All quarterly progress reports, statements of individual student goals, progress measurement results and co-signed attendance records for the past ten years.   b) Arrange with the teacher to have the educational progress of the children participating in the HBE measured on an annual basis with the express purpose of assuring that minimal education objectives are being met. This progress can be assessed by means including, but not limited to, standardized test results, anecdotal records, interviews with teachers and HBE students, review of completed coursework, observation of student presentations. c) Notify the HBE families, in writing, of administrator’s upcoming recommendations to the Board concerning continuation of sponsorship. d) Make yearly recommendations to the Board prior to August 1 of the school year requiring sponsorship regarding continuation of sponsorship of HBE families. e) Notify the HBE families, in writing, of the Board’s decision on continuing sponsorship.
  6. Issues and concerns regarding the AUUF-Sponsored HBE programs shall be resolved as follows. a) Members of the AUUF who have concerns about the HBE program or families should attempt to resolve the issue with the administrator. Decisions of the administrator can be appealed to the Board. b) Participants in the AUUF-sponsored HBE should address concerns to the administrator. Decisions of the administrator can be appealed to the Board. c) The administrator shall keep HBE families informed of any issues and concerns that may arise. d) Those affected by a possible termination of AUUF sponsorship of HBE (be it an individual family or the program in entirety) must be given written notice and explanation at least 5 days prior to Board meeting and shall be allowed to address the Board on the motion. Written notice and explanation of action to terminate sponsorship shall be sent to the previous participants.
  7. The AUUF church school does not discriminate on the basis of sex, affectional orientation, race, disability or religion, but reserves the right to deny admission to the AUUF HBE Program.
  8. The AUUF, the AUUF Board and its members are in no way financially responsible for legal action taken against families sponsored by the AUUF HBE program.