Host Families Guidelines

TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL GENERAL INFORMATION / GUIDELINES FOR HOST FAMILIES

The exchange student’s primary responsibility is to learn to be fluent in English. Activities that encourage this growth are highly recommended. Activities that inhibit this are discouraged and you should seek the assistance of the classroom teacher and Principal Nokes. The exchange student should become an integral part of your family.

Host families for exchange students at Trinity Catholic school must be part of the school and/or parish community. Any exceptions to this will be made only after consultation by Principal Nokes with the prospective family and the approval of the Pastor.

FAMILY VACATIONS

If the exchange student is to be included in family vacations that have been previously planned prior to the arrival of the exchange student, the family should decide if the exchange student is welcome on the trip. Should they be welcome it is then up to the exchange student and his/her family to accept the invitation. If they accept the invitation, the cost of the trip is to be considered and the student should pay for their portion of this trip. If they choose not to attend, an arrangement should then be made for them to stay with someone while this vacation is taking place.

FOOD COSTS

The normal food costs are included in the suggested room and board rate of $700 / month (negotiable between host and exchange family but should be decided prior to arrival). If the family is going out to dinner then this is part of the room and board. If the student chooses to go out to dinner with a different family or to the movies or other such entertainment as part of their own social invitations (not those of the family) then these costs are born to the exchange student and his/her personal funds.

CHORES

Just as your own children have to do chores or earn money for extra things, so should the exchange student. He/she should be required to participate in the family the same as your own children.

COMMUNICATIONS IN SPANISH

Students should not have their own cell phone. If they do, it should be in the possession of the host family and only used once a week to contact home. The internet should also be limited to once a week for conversations with home or with other friends. This is HIGHLY discouraged. Boundaries should be established that encourage the student to speak English.

SOCIAL OUTINGS

Exchange students must follow the family decisions on events or activities outside of the home the same as your own children. In addition, they are not to associate with other exchange students only except on a limited basis.

A normal adjustment time is about a month. Should unusual disconnect continue between the exchange student and the host family, you should contact Principal Nokes and have a conference over the concerns. Be patient, time heals many things. Get them as actively involved as possible.

HOMEWORK AND SCHOOLWORK

The host family is not to give more or less attention to helping the exchange student. They are responsible to go to the teacher or principal to get additional help if needed academically. Your own son/daughter should help at first but after a normal 'break-in' period (about one month), the exchange student should be independent and working the same as your own child in taking ownership of their grades.

VISITS FROM HOME

Visits from the exchange family are highly discouraged. Even Christmas and Easter, as special as they are, should not be time to have visits from the exchange family.

SPENDING MONEY

Exchange students should not be spending more than what would be expected in your own home from your own children on activities and a social life. Granted, it they are buying gifts for later or souvenirs, these would be exceptions.

ATHLETIC AND FINE ART ACTIVITIES

Exchange students are very welcome to participate in the school extra-curricular activities. The fees and required equipment will be paid for by the host family. Programs outside of the school are a decision that the host family and the exchange student have to discuss. The activity must not put an undue burden on the host family and the host family has the final decision as to whether the exchange student can participate in additional programs.

Boy School Sports: American football, cross country, basketball, wrestling, baseball, track and field.

Girl School Sports: Volleyball, cross country, basketball, softball, track & field.