Requirements

About

Homebase is a positive, safe, and respectful environment.  It is part study hall, part lunch room, and part family room. Homebase students are on-campus brothers and sisters to each other.  Personal conflicts must be resolved in a respectful manner; any and all issues should be shared with the Homebase teacher first.  The Homebase teacher is an on-campus mentor and advocate for the student.  He or she is there to help students with the following:

Academic Success
Responsibility and Respect
Character, Citizenship, and Cultural awareness and tolerance
Health (mental and physical)

Requirements
A student's enrollment at IRCHS from year to year is dependent upon his/her completion of the following each semester:

  • Completion of weekly chores
  • Attendance of Monday and Friday Homebase class
  • Conference with Homebase teacher at least once every month
  • 1 Cultural Event, 1 Government Meeting, and 10 Volunteer Hours every semester
  • Completion of a VAPA chore each year
  • Respect for all persons and property

 

Fall Dates:
FOR SENIORS, ALL HOMEBASE REQUIREMENTS DUE FRIDAY, 12/04/2020, BY HOMEBASE PERIOD.

FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS, FALL SEMESTER HOMEBASE REQUIREMENTS DUE FRIDAY, 12/11/2019, BY HOMEBASE.

Spring Date:
ALL HOMEBASE REQUIREMENTS DUE FRIDAY, 5/14/2020, BY HOMEBASE PERIOD.

Accepted

  • Museums
  • Plays, musicals, dance performances
  • Cultural festivals other than the student's culture
  • Visiting other countries
  • Cultural concerts of ethnic diversities
  • VAPA performances
  • Historical sites, research centers
  • Lectures (politicians, authors, artists, historians, scientists)


Not Accepted

  • Rock concerts
  • VAPA performance that the student is performing in
  • Eating at culturally diverse restaurants
  • Watching a play or musical at the student's church

For cultural events our school calendar www.irchs.org is a good place to start.  The city of Vero Beach also lists upcoming cultural events here.
Accepted
  • State or National Congress
  • IRCHS Board of Directors meetings (students may only use one per school year)
  • Indian River County School Board meetings
  • City Council Meetings
  • Planning and Zoning Board
  • Utilities Commission
  • Finance Commission
  • Legislative Delegation


Government meetings can be tough to find.  The City of Vero Beach website has a meetings calendar here.  You can also try the Indian River County School Board calendar here.

Not Accepted
  • More than one IRCHS Board Meeting per school year
  • More than two televised Government Meetings (students may use two televised meetings only if they attend IRCHS for all four years of high school)
  • Court proceedings
  • Business meetings

Accepted

  • Helping at local elementary, middle, or secondary schools (not grading papers)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Feeding the homeless (The Source, Father's Table, etc.)
  • Humane Society, HALO animal rescue
  • Harbor Branch, Environmental Learning Center, libraries
  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Red Cross
  • Boys and Girls Club, Youth in Action, Youth Volunteer Corp.
  • Performance or Teaching at non-profit organizations (except the church the student attends)
  • Key Club performance projects, Student Council performance projects
Not Accepted
  • Grading papers for teachers
  • Baby-sitting
  • Taking care of family members
  • Chores at home or for family members
  • Singing, ushering, teaching, helping set up, running sound, etc. at the church the student attends
  • Volunteering at businesses (parents, family, friends, or otherwise)
  • Fundraisers for clubs or teams that the student is a member of

Grading
Grading Percentages:
Chores=70%
Weekly Meetings (One-on-One) / Personal Development=30%
Cultural Events / Government Meetings / Volunteer Hours / VAPA Chore=MANDATORY

Grading Scale:
A, B, or F

Policies
Homebase Failure
There are a number of ways in which a student may fail Homebase including, but not limited to:

  • Violating the Homebase contract
  • Earning a letter grade of C or lower in Homebase
  • Failure to complete all of the Homebase requirements (Cultural Event,
  • Government Meeting, Volunteer Hours, and VAPA chore)

If a student fails a semester of Homebase, they are placed on probation.  If at any point a student fails Homebase for a second time, he/she will be dismissed.

Do political rallies count as government meetings?
We encourage students to be active politically, but rallies do not count as government meetings.  City council, zoning commission, and school board are some examples of what would count.  We want for students to see government in action with agendas, discussions, and voting. 

Can a student miss class to attend a government meeting, cultural event, or to earn volunteer hours?
No, students who miss class to fulfill a homebase requirement will be marked for an unexcused absence.  Students have an entire semester to fulfill these requirements and instructional time is critical to a student's success.