Bluegrass United Academic Center Electives

A Program of Bluegrass United

2021-2022 BUAC Electives Operating Procedures

Arrival and Entrance 

BUAC Electives is held at Tates Creek Christian Church, 3150 Tates Creek Rd. Enter at the Albany Rd. entrance and park at the back of the building. The closest line of spaces is reserved for instructors who must carry supplies into the building. Enter the building at Entrance C. (Students are not permitted to enter at any other entrance.) Students may not enter the building prior to 12:50 a.m. 

All classrooms are located on third floor. Take the stairwell at Entrance C to get to the third floor. Do not use other stairwells. A welcome table is set up on the third floor. This table is where important announcements are often posted. The welcome table is typically manned by an adult who can answer questions. 

Coats and backpacks may be stored along the wall in the third floor hallway. Please spread them out so that students do not need to crowd into the same space. Keep in mind this is not a secured area so please keep any valuables with you at all times. Do not leave back- packs or any personal items in the gym. 

Elevator 

An elevator is available for students with disabilities, teachers, and students assisting teachers with supplies. All other students must use the stairs. 

Fellowship Hour 

Fellowship Hour will take place from noon to 1 p.m. outside in the parking lot by entrance C or, in the case of inclement weather, in the gym. Please do not congregate in classrooms as teachers are trying to set up and prepare for first hour classes.  The Fellowship Hour is open to students who have a 1 p.m. class at BUAC Electives. Students who only have 2 p.m. and/or 3 p.m. classes are not permitted to come for Fellowship Hour. 

Student Pick-Up 

Students are required to exit the building at Entrance C (where they entered). Parents who are picking up students may park anywhere in the back parking lot, except for the first line of parking spaces. For student safety, parents MUST pull into parking spaces and not line up at the door or in the driving lanes. 

Restrooms 

Students may only use the restroom in the hallway on the third floor. Do not use the gym restroom or other restrooms throughout the building. 

Food and Drinks 

Food and drinks, other than water, are not permitted in BUAC classrooms. 

Facility Issues 

Students must stay in the specified areas for BUAC Electives at all times. No students are permitted on the second floor of the building. Also, students must always enter and exit via Entrance C and only use the stairwell located next to Entrance C. 

Coronavirus and Health Concerns 

Students are responsible for their own health at BUAC Electives. They should make no assumptions regarding cleaning protocols or other safety measures. As a general rule, they should not depend on others, or the program as a whole, to keep them safe. Therefore, concerned students should carry (and use) their own hand sanitizer and disinfectant, and wear as much personal protection equipment as they deem necessary. 

Study Hall/Early Arrival/Late Exit 

BUAC Electives does not offer a study hall. Nor is there a place for students to wait if they arrive early or are not picked up immediately after their classes. 

Fellowship Hour/Gym Etiquette 

Students are welcome to play basketball and other games in the gym, but balls must be stored after 1 p.m.  Please do not leave personal items in the gym as classes meet in the gym and can’t be disrupted. 

Grades/Progress Reports/Credits 

BUAC Elective teachers do not supply grade reports, class descriptions, or class syllabi to parents. Nor do they assign high school credit to their classes. Parents or students should not ask teachers or leaders to provide grades, student reports, or class descriptions. If parents desire a class grade or other documentation, they are welcome to write the documentation on their own and assign the grade and high school credit as they see fit. If a family participates in a homeschool program where documentation for elective classes must be submitted, the parent should prepare the documentation and ask the instructor to provide a signature only. 

Security and Personal Items 

Students should not bring valuable personal items to BUAC. If an item (such
 
as a laptop) is needed for a class, it should be kept with the student at all
 
times or locked in a vehicle when not being used. 

Class Fees 

Families are expected to pay the class fees on time. If a family is experiencing difficulty with the fees, they may contact the instructors to be placed on payment plans. Families are requested to write checks for payment (rather than cash) and write their student’s name on the memo line. Checks should be made out to the teachers and be placed in an envelope with the student and teacher name on the front. 

Attendance 

Good attendance is expected at BUAC Electives. Students should contact their instructors via email prior to class if they must miss a class. Repeated absences and tardiness could result in dismissal in order to open a spot in the program for a waiting student. Good attendance is monitored by individual teachers and by the program as a whole. 

Student Monitoring 

Parents should be aware that BUAC students are very lightly monitored while on campus. Classroom teachers handle issues within their own classroom as they see fit, while other adult leaders are present to administer the program and assist in emergencies. 

Inclement Weather 

In the event of inclement weather, check email for information regarding closure. Because BUAC Electives is held in the afternoon, it is possible it will be held even when Fayette County Public Schools or BUAC Core is not in session. However, the final decision for attendance in inclement weather rests with the parents. Students are not expected to be in class if the parent has deemed travel to BUAC is not safe. 

BUAC Electives Communications 

All email communication should be sent to buacelectives@gmail.com. Students and parents are expected to check email and know what has been communicated. BUAC communication is hosted by Mailchimp. Students and parents are required to subscribe, unsubscribe, and update email changes directly with Mailchimp by using the links provided at the bottom of every BUAC email. 

Student Dress 

BUAC Electives follows the BUAC Electives Dress Code, which can be found on the web site at https://www.buacelectives.com/budresscode.htm. Students are expected to strictly adhere to the dress code and not push the spirit or letter of the dress code. Stu- dents should be mindful and respectful of others by erring on the side of conservatism and modesty in their dress. 

BUAC Electives Calendar
An updated BUAC Electives Calendar can be found on the web site at https://www.buac- electives.com/buaccalendar.htm. 

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1) Students are held accountable for understanding and implementing the BU model and expectations outlined on the website at https://www.buacelectives.com/buacexpectations.htm.

2) BUAC Electives utilizes a university model of instruction and behavior dependent on student maturity and ability to work independently and without direct parent involvement. Students are responsible for their own behavior, classroom work, handling of issues as they arise. attendance, and keeping their parents informed of their progress and any de- veloping issues. 

3) Because students are fully informed of expectations for behavior prior to the beginning of classes, there is no established system of warnings or notifications for student miscon- duct at BUAC Electives. If misconduct occurs, students are not given warnings, but are asked to immediately leave the class, or the program as a whole, until all parties agree (teacher, administrator, and student) the student is prepared to return. 

3) Students are expected to leave their cell phones turned off and put away during class, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.

4) BU is a community of friends. To that end, no “pairing off” among couples or public displays of affection beyond friendship are allowed. 

5) Students are expected to respect Bluegrass United and its programs, teachers, leaders, and students in word and deed.This expectation extends to online forums and social media. Students who bully other students, ridicule teachers or leaders, or publicly dismiss the vision and operating procedures of Bluegrass United may be terminated from the program. 

Handling of Student Issues 

1) All issues are handled between students and adult leaders/teachers of BUAC Electives. If classroom issues can not be resolved between students and teachers, either party may appeal to the BUAC Electives leadership.

2) All questions regarding BUAC Electives model and operating procedures may be directed to the leadership at buacelectives@gmail.com

3) BUAC Electives leaders do not administer discipline, employ a system of warnings, put students on “probation,” or individually monitor student behavior. If the program is not working for an individual student, the remedy of choice is to separate from the student until all involved parties agree the student is ready to re-enter the program. This separation should not be viewed as discipline. punishment, or suspension, but simply time for students and parents to work together to assess the student’s commit level to BUAC Electives and to prepare for the student’s return, if that is the ultimate goal. 

Use of Social Media 

Student communication among BUAC Electives students via texting and across all social media platforms require the same level of care and respect as spoken communication on campus. BUAC Electives does not monitor social media, but issues of online disrespect be- tween students or between students and BUAC adult leaders/teachers that are brought to the attention of program leaders are treated seriously and addressed swiftly. Due to the insidious nature of negative online discussions, students who disrespect other students, teachers, or the BUAC program as a whole, via texts or social media may be immediately dismissed from BUAC Electives. Students should keep in mind that so-called “private” text discussions or closed group chats between two or more people are not really private and are often viewed by people outside their group. Given that inappropriate communications via text and social media are one of the most frequent and serious issues at BUAC Electives, parents are asked to reinforce the need for students to be extremely careful and respectful in their text and online communications with their own children. 

Parent and Student Complaints, Concerns, and Suggestions 

BUAC leaders encourage students and parents to ask questions, especially when there are areas of concern. To make sure all inquiries and comments get to the right people, please send them to buacelectives@gmail.com. If the concern is sensitive or involves a personal issue, the name of the concerned individual will be kept confidential. BUAC Electives can not address complaints that are communicated anonymously.