Please see the below topics on the following 3 items:
- Anti-Bulllying Policy
- Event Release of Liability
- Responsibility of non-family minor attendees
Harassment and bullying of children, youth, or adults are not tolerated by HSC. The HSC board is committed to providing a safe and civil environment in which all members of the HSC community are treated with dignity and respect. HSC is a fully inclusive organization, welcoming homeschoolers of all races, religions, sexual orientation, gender identities, and abilities.
HSC policy prohibits sexual harassment, bullying, or any other victimization.
This policy is in effect when the misconduct takes place at HSC events, is contained in communications related to HSC events or an individual's participation in such events, or when the misconduct directly affects the welfare of those in attendance at HSC events.
Harassment and bullying mean any electronic, written, verbal, or physical act of conduct toward another person which may include, but is not limited to, the following behaviors and circumstances:
Verbal, nonverbal, physical or written harassment, bullying, hazing, or other victimization that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim;
Repeated remarks of a demeaning nature that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim.
Demeaning jokes, stories, or activities that have the purpose or effect of causing injury, discomfort, fear, or suffering to the victim; and/or
Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when the conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an uncomfortable, intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Individuals who feel that they have been harassed are encouraged to report the incident(s) to HSC. If possible, also write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give a copy to HSC
Include in the report as much as possible of the following information:
- what, when and where it happened;
- who was involved;
- exactly what was said or what the harasser did;
- witnesses to the harassment;
- what the victim said or did, either at the time or later;
- how the victim felt; and
- how the harasser responded.
Upon receipt of a report of harassment or bullying, HSC will request and examine evidence and conduct interviews as necessary. All information will be kept strictly confidential to the maximum extent possible by HSC and by all persons participating in HSC events.
If, after an investigation, a child, youth, or adult is found to be in violation of this policy, that person may be given a warning, be asked to leave an event, or not be allowed to attend HSC events, depending on the severity of the misconduct, whether it is ongoing or has been repeated, and the response of the individual.
I agree to abide by the above-stated policies and to ensure that minors in my care do so.
Event Release of Liability
HomeSchool Association of California
Family Event Release, Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement
You must read and agree to this Release of Liability Form before registering for the event. If this form is not completed, your registration will be canceled.
In consideration of being permitted to attend HomeSchool Association of California Events (“HSC Events”), and on behalf of myself and my minor children as well as any minor children attending with me and identified below (collectively “Participants”), I hereby:
1. Agree to indemnify and save and hold the HomeSchool Association of California, their directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents (collectively "HSC") harmless from any liability, loss, damage or cost that may occur or be incurred due to the Participants' participation in HSC Events;
2. Release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue HSC from all liability to Participants for any loss or damages, and any claim or demands on account of injury to or resulting in death of Participants, whether caused by the negligence of HSC or of any other person;
3. Assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury or death, whether due to the negligence of the HSC or otherwise. I expressly acknowledge and understand that accidents and injuries may occur while at HSC Events and expressly assume all of the risks due to the negligence of HSC and any others participating or contributing to HSC Events;
4. Expressly agree, permit and assume the risk of any medical treatment which may be rendered and agree to expressly release and indemnify HSC from any liability for providing, or failing to provide, any emergency medical treatment;
5. I understand that I am solely responsible for the welfare and safety of myself and my minor children or any minor children accompanying me to HSC Events, and I agree to supervise my minor children or any minor children accompanying me to HSC events, and that HSC shall have no obligation to supervise Participants or any other individuals attending HSC Events. I further understand that HSC will not provide insurance for Participants at HSC Events, and that Participants' personal insurance will apply;
6. I agree to help encourage a safe and respectful atmosphere at HSC Events by discussing with my family the responsibilities of being in a group that consists of a variety of ages -- young children, teens and adults. I agree to refrain from engaging in illegal activities of any kind, and I understand that I am solely responsible for the activities of myself and my minor children and any minor children accompanying me to HSC Events;
7. I understand that Participants often take photos during HSC Events and I agree that these photos may be used on HSC's website, on related websites, and in HSC publications. I further expressly agree that the foregoing release, waiver, and indemnity agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of California, and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.
I have read, fully understood its content and voluntarily sign this release, waiver, and indemnity agreement. I further agree that no oral representations, statements, or inducement apart from the foregoing written agreement have been made.
Responsibility of Non-Family Minor Attendees
HSC events are first and foremost FAMILY events. We strongly encourage families to attend together. However, we do allow families to bring an extra friend or two along with them. Every child or teen must be staying with a registered responsible adult.
If you bring an extra child or teen, it is very important to understand your responsibilities.
You will be asked to sign a statement saying you are the “registered responsible adult” for each extra child/teen. You must be at least 25 years old. If you sign this statement, you are agreeing that any child or teen who is with you is entirely your responsibility. You should know the extra children/teens and their parents well. They should be staying with you at the event (in your hotel room at conference, for example), and you should be supervising them the same way you supervise your own children. As the responsible adult, you are legally responsible for them and should be sure to have a medical release form from their parent. We do NOT allow children or teens at events unless they are being supervised and cared for by a registered parent (at least 25 years old) who has invited them to stay with them and will take full responsibility for that child or teen’s safety, welfare, and behavior.