Learning Streams Handbook

Our Mission:

To bring quality, hands-on, creative, individualized learning streams to each child while meeting them at their level to give them space to grow into happy Citizens of the World.

We work collaboratively with the best people - parents, specialists, and educators - to create an educational experience and community like no other!

We Believe:

  • That every child deserves an outstanding education that works for their learning ability and style.
  • That anyone can learn to think outside of the box and become more creative.
  • Lesson plans are great but curiosity is king...and so are rabbit holes.
  • The world is full of colors; you just need to look for them.
  • Anyone can make an impact on our world for good.
  • Children are like sponges and we should try hard to let them soak up whatever they can.
  • There is so much more to life than just reading, writing, and math.
  • Homeschooling is NOT school at home.
  • We should make new discoveries every day - about ourselves, our world, anything - Discover!
  • That every child has many gifts they can offer the world, but need a safe place to develop them...

Class Fees:

The class and program fees applicable to each Family are as outlined in their signed Contract Agreement.

Classes and Program Fees are normally based on a full Academic Year (late August - June) and Parents have the option of paying either in full at the time of enrollment/re-enrollment, or making a $1,500 non-refundable deposit and electing a payment plan for the balance. There will be no reduction in fees due to illness, vacation or other absence, and there are no substitutions for missed days.

Re-enrollment:

In order to apply and reserve your spot for the following Academic Year, we ask Parents to complete a Re-enrollment Application by the end of March for the following Academic Year. If the Re-enrollment Application is accepted by Learning Streams, the Parent must elect a payment option and pay the $1,500 non-refundable deposit by May 1 in order to reserve their space for the following Academic Year.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity:

Learning Streams actively and routinely promotes and celebrates our diverse community. Our hiring and admissions practices, as well as our learning environment, are designed to advance and foster understanding and inclusion of individuals and families of diverse ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, politics, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

Learning Streams does not discriminate in opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, ancestry, alienage, veteran status, genetic information, whistleblower status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Learning Streams will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of programs and classes, including selection, disciplinary actions, and access to programs and services.

Learning Streams strives to provide an environment free from any form of discrimination. If a family or individual has any concerns about this topic, they are encouraged to bring these concerns forward to the Executive Director.

Anyone found to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of classes or programs or, in the case of Learning Streams staff, termination of employment.

Disability Accommodation:

Learning Streams is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ensuring equal opportunity in education for persons with disabilities. Learning Streams will follow any applicable state or local law that provides individuals with disabilities greater protection than the ADA. All practices and activities are conducted on a non-discriminatory basis. 

Reasonable accommodation is available to all disabled individuals, unless doing so presents an undue hardship on Learning Streams. Individuals must notify the Executive Director immediately if a reasonable accommodation is needed at any time. 

Fees for Late Pick-Up:

Late fees will be charged and payable at the rate of $40 per child for the first half-hour or portion thereof, and $30 per child for each subsequent half-hour or portion thereof.  Time will be tracked by the Learning Streams staff member who supervised the child(ren). On a monthly basis, you will be charged for the total late pick-up fees (if any) you have incurred during the prior calendar month.

Holidays & Vacations:

The holiday schedule will be posted at LearningStreams.com on our Yearly Calendar. 

We understand that taking extended vacations is a benefit of homeschooling, but Learning Streams will not prorate or refund any class or programs fees.

Emergency Closings:

Learning Streams will follow the recommendations of the Bethel Public Schools regarding closures. If Bethel Public Schools cancels school, Learning Streams will be closed. If Bethel Public Schools have a delayed opening, Learning Streams will open at 10:30 a.m. 

If Bethel Schools are not in session, the method of communication of any delayed openings for Learning Streams will be via Class DoJo. 

There are rare times when our parking lot hasn’t been plowed or other circumstances are out of our control and we may cancel or have an extended delay depending on the situation. Please monitor your Class DoJo account for any unpredictable closures or emergencies. 

Fire Safety, Medical Emergencies, COVID-19 & Sick Policy:

Learning Streams will conduct fire safety drills on a periodic basis. 

Medical Emergencies:

In the event of any medical emergency on the premises, the sequence of events to be followed is for the first adult on the scene to: 

  • Call 911 while simultaneously asking another nearby individual (adult or older child) to find a Learning Streams staff member. 
  • Provide the emergency operator the address of Learning Streams at 29 Taylor Ave, Bethel. Describe the emergency and follow instructions while awaiting other assistance. 
  • A Learning Streams staff member will make prompt attempts to locate and notify the parent/guardian (if the injured or ill person is a member child) or to find emergency contact information for the injured or ill person, if not a child. 

Sick Policy:

Feeling Sick? Please wait a full 24 hours after a fever (more than 100° F) has broken (without fever reducers), or diarrhea and vomiting are finished, before coming to class. Use personal judgement on other illnesses. Please also take new COVID-19 requirements into account. In some cases, a doctor’s note may be required to return to class.

COVID-19 Policy & Copy of Waiver:

I acknowledge the contagious nature of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing.

I further acknowledge that Sunflower Studio LLC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 but can not guarantee that I or my child(ren) will not become infected. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, staff, and other students and their families.

I voluntarily seek services provided by Sunflower Studio LLC and acknowledge that I am increasing my or child(ren) risk to exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19. I acknowledge that I must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while in the studio space.

I attest that when my child attends class that following statements are true:

  • Not experiencing any symptom of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Not traveled to a highly impacted area within the last 14 days.
  • Not been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of Coronavirus/COVID-19.
  • Not been diagnosed with Coronavirus/Covid-19 and not yet cleared as non contagious by state or local public health authorities.
  • Following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting exposure to the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

I hereby release and agree to hold Sunflower Studio LLC harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my heirs, and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the studio, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any services received from Sunflower Studio LLC. I understand that this release discharges Sunflower Studio LLC from any liability or claim that I, my heirs, or any personal representatives may have against the studio with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any services received from Sunflower Studio LLC. This liability waiver and release extends to the studio together with all owners, partners, and employees along with the owner of 29 Taylor Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801.

I understand and will not hold Sunflower Studio LLC, employees, or facility owner liable for COVID exposure. I also agree to adhere to the above mentioned guidelines and know that they can change at any time per CDC recommendations

Corporal Punishment & Discipline Policy:

Corporal Punishment:

It is the policy of Learning Streams that no corporal punishment is permitted on the premises. For the purpose of interpreting this policy, corporal punishment is defined as the use of physical force with the intention of causing a child pain for the purpose of correction or control of the child’s behavior. This prohibition against corporal punishment applies to Parents, Educators, Guests, and staff. 

Discipline:

We do expect students to be respectful at all times - not only to educators but to their fellow classmates and to the studio space and materials. We follow a three warning system. After the three warnings are given, the student will be asked to contact their parents to come and pick them up. It is up to the parent to decide how their child should be disciplined. Depending on the circumstances, the student may not be allowed to continue attending classes. All class fees are non-refundable.

Suspected Cases of Child Abuse/Neglect:

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of children, individuals, including Learning Streams staff, parents, volunteers, and representatives, as well as third-party vendors and their employees, representatives, or volunteers that contract for use of Learning Streams facilities, with responsibilities that involve interaction with children, everyone must carefully review and abide by the following policy regarding abuse. 

A “child” is any person under 18 years of age. 

This Policy applies to child abuse or neglect that allegedly occurs on the premises, on property owned or leased by Learning Streams, or while Learning Streams personnel are participating in an activity off campus. 

With very limited exception, Connecticut state law makes the reporting of known or suspected child abuse or neglect mandatory for Learning Streams employees, hospitals, clinics, medical professionals, teachers, school officials, law enforcement officials, social workers, daycare workers, mental health professionals, members of the clergy, and any other person called upon to render aid or medical assistance to a child. It is the position of Learning Streams that, in addition to the mandated statutory reporting requirements for certain individuals and entities, all Learning Streams personnel should immediately report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as provided in this policy. 

Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect

No form of child abuse, whether physical, verbal, emotional or sexual, will be permitted or tolerated under any circumstances whatsoever. Child abuse is morally and legally wrong. It can come in many forms. 

Harm or threatened harm to a child's health or welfare can occur through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, attempted sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or attempted sexual exploitation.

“Sexual abuse” may be perpetrated by an adult or another child and includes the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or having a child assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or any simulation of the conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of the conduct; or the rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children as those acts are defined by Connecticut law. Sexual abuse also includes any activity that is meant to arouse or gratify the sexual desires of the perpetrating adult or child. Sexual abuse may or may not involve touching.

“Sexual exploitation” includes allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution and allowing, permitting, encouraging or engaging in the obscene or pornographic photographing, filming, or depicting of a child for commercial purposes. 

Negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child includes the failure to provide adequate food, medical treatment, supervision, clothing, or shelter. 

Reporting Procedures

If you know or suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect, you must act. 

In deciding whether or not to report an incident or situation of suspected abuse or neglect, it is not required that you have proof that abuse or neglect has occurred. Any uncertainty in deciding to report suspected abuse or neglect should be resolved in favor of making a good faith report. 

In making a report, your actions should be as follows: 

First, immediately and confidentially report (in a private setting) the information to the Executive Director of Learning Streams or to the proper authorities. 

Your oral report should include all available information regarding the known or suspected abuse or neglect, including, but not limited to, the name of the child, their whereabouts, the names and addresses of the parents, guardian, or caretaker and the character and extent of the injuries. The report should also contain, if known, any evidence of previous injuries to said child and any other pertinent information that might establish the cause of such injury or injuries, and the identity of the person or persons responsible for the same. 

Second, do not directly question or solicit information from the child or from the person suspected of improper behavior. That is not your role; the role of investigation lies with city, county, and state officials. 

Prohibition on Retaliation and Immunity from Liability

Any person who makes a good faith report of child abuse or neglect shall not be subjected to retaliation. Further, any person or entity that makes a good faith report of child abuse or neglect is immune under Connecticut law from any liability—civil or criminal—that might otherwise be incurred or imposed. 

Anti-Bullying Policy: 

Learning Streams believes that an atmosphere of safety, courtesy, and respect are critical in order to ensure optimal learning. Bullying, harassment, making defamatory statements about others, and intimidation have no place in the Learning Streams environment, and are prohibited, as they create an atmosphere of fear, mistrust and suspicion which negatively impacts learning.

Students at Learning Streams are closely monitored by educators at all times and are not left alone. We also highly recommend that students over the age of 10 do not use their electronic devices in the facility. Children under the age of 10 are prohibited from bringing a device to Learning Streams. We feel that when students have a device in their hands unattended, it can lead to potential bullying and other issues leading to distractions in the learning environment.

Learning Streams defines bullying, harassment, and intimidation as any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, including an electronic communication, that: 

  • Physically harms an individual
  • Damages an individual’s property
  • Is intended to frighten or intimidate
  • Is intended to create a sense of inferiority in an individual
  • Is intended to create an unpleasant or hostile situation by uninvited and/or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct
  • Deliberately excludes or isolates an individual from social interaction with others
  • Makes defamatory statements about an individual
  • Impersonates an individual
  • Substantially interferes with an individual’s education or learning environment
  • Places an individual in reasonable fear of harm to the individual’s person, property, or mental state.

Individuals who witness or become aware of possible bullying, harassment or intimidation by Learning Streams children, parents, guests, or staff are responsible for informing the Learning Streams Executive Director so that consequences and remedial actions may take place. Individuals who provide such information are protected from reprisal or retaliation. 

However, individuals who are ultimately found to have made false claims of bullying, harassment or intimidation will also receive consequences. The Executive Director, or their designee, will respond immediately (within 24 business hours) to a report of bullying, harassment or intimidation by investigating the allegations. During the investigation time, close attention will be paid to the alleged victim(s) to ensure that additional acts and/or retaliation do not occur. If bullying, harassment or intimidation are determined to have taken place, an appropriate consequence that includes education about the effects of bullying, harassment, and intimidation, as well as action to restore a safe environment, will be given. In addition, the Parent(s) of the alleged perpetrator(s) and the victim(s) will be contacted and informed of the event(s). 

If repeated acts of bullying, harassment or intimidation take place, suspension and/or expulsion of an individual will occur. When deemed appropriate based on the result of the internal investigation, law enforcement may be contacted by Learning Streams staff.

No pushing, shoving, kicking each other, or throwing items is allowed - ever!

Clean Air & Healthy Habits:

We are a drug, smoke, vape, and alcohol free campus and parking lot. We also encourage healthy eating and peanut free snack options. 

WiFi Access:

Parents are allowed to use our password protected WiFi but we ask that students are not given access as we are unable to provide any website filtering at this time. Usage of the WiFi is at your own risk.

Electronics Usage: 

We request that students refrain from bringing any electronics into the studio. Students under the age of 10 are prohibited from bringing a device to Learning Streams. If you would like your child aged 10+ to bring a cellphone, we ask that they are put away in a backpack and can be used before or after class. No electronic devices are allowed in the classroom or during class. You may call or text the Executive Director or child’s educator directly if you need to reach your child during class for an emergency. 

Cleaning: 

Learning Streams does not employ cleaning personnel. Everyone is asked to contribute to keep our studio spaces clean and tidy.

Respect our Mates: 

Students are expected to be respectful of other students in adjoining classrooms and downstairs tenants by not running or yelling in the studio spaces.

Classroom/Student Expectations:

At Learning Streams, each parent and child must sign a Learning Streams Classroom/Student Expectations form, outlined below, before the first day of class. Additions may be added at any time and a new form will be issued to sign. 

We have found that putting accountability into the students’ hands eliminates much conflict and strife. Students that know what is expected of them are able to thrive knowing that these expectations are required of all students and are to be followed. This gives the overall facility a communal sense of what is needed to have a caring community and foster individual responsibility. 

It is understood that:

  • We are a cooperative learning environment; students may have to work together.
  • Learners arrive to class on time
  • Students have taken the time for a bathroom break before class if possible
  • Peanut-free snacks are okay in some classes but students will be asked to clean up any messes; ask the educator before eating
  • Water in a leakproof bottle is allowed at any time
  • Participating in, and being prepared for, class is expected
  • Respectful verbal and nonverbal communication is also expected at all times
  • We laugh with anyone, but laugh at no one
  • Kindness is king; be kind to everyone, everyday!
  • Each student brings their supplies to each class, if needed
  • No electronic devices are allowed in the classroom or during class and may be confiscated by an educator at any time to be returned at the end of your scheduled day
  • That students keep all work in their presentation binder - we will be displaying these at Student Exhibitions
  • If you need to miss a class, contact the studio ASAP at 203.491.7927 or admin@learningstreams.com, or on Class Dojo, so you can make up the classwork or project, if needed
  • You are expected to be respectful of other students in adjoining classrooms and downstairs tenants by not running or yelling in the studio spaces
  • Everyone is asked to pitch in to keep our studio spaces clean and tidy
  • No pushing, shoving, kicking each other, or throwing items is allowed - ever!

Consent:

This is a copy of the consent form that you have given to Sunflower Studio LLC when you signed a digital version of our waivers. Waivers may change at any time and a new one will need to be signed in that event. Parents will have 14 days to comply with submitting the new waivers, or their child(ren) may be suspended from classes until the new waivers are on record. 

COVID-19: I will not hold Sunflower Studio LLC, employees, or facility owner liable for COVID exposure. I also agree to adhere to the above mentioned guidelines and know that they can change at any time per CDC recommendations. 

MEDIA PERMISSION: All types of age appropriate music, movies, tv shows will be shown during class for educational purposes. I acknowledge that my child has permission to view any a/v media presented in any class.

PHOTOS & IMAGES: The parent agrees to allow the students: photograph, voice, image, and information to be used by Sunflower Studio LLC for use in the programs publications, promotion materials, social networks, Google Classroom, and website, without compensation and without prior notice. Parent also allows Student to be interviewed by the media on campus or at program-related events. Parent releases and holds Sunflower Studio LLC harmless from any liability stemming from the use of the Student’s photograph, voice, image, or information. 

OUTSIDE PERMISSION: Sometimes we leave the classroom and may take a walk outside and use our side yard and parking lot to play. Formal field trips will be announced in advance but this is to cover quick trips out of the studio/classroom.