AFSGPS Volunteer and Student Guidelines
Independent Travel Guidelines
Can a student graduate?
HOST PARENTS ARE NOT LEGAL GUARDIANS
Host parents do have the right to sign for medical treatment
WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO PAY FOR?
GREATER PUGET SOUND RULES
Any AFS'er who uses or possesses
illegal drugs will be sent home
Any AFS'er who drives an automobile will
be sent home immediately.
Any AFS'er who is caught hitch hiking will
be sent home immediately.
The legal age in the State of Washington
for drinking alcohol is 21. All
AFS'er in the Greater Puget Sound are under 21, therefore, all AFS student activities will be alcohol free.
The AFS student must follow school attendance policy.
The student is responsible for following school policy concerning
pre-arranged absences and make -up work when appropriate.
The AFS student must maintain a C
average or 70% and complete all assignments in each class.
If any grade is below a C or 70% the student must have weekly signed
progress reports from the teacher or teachers for a minimum of one month.
These progress reports are to be sent to the Area Support Chairman. If students English proficiency is such as they cannot
maintain a 70% and the school agrees AFS will accept a pass/fail grade.
Can My Student graduate?
In most school districts
through out the state of Washington the answer is NO.
There have been exceptions, but AFS cannot guarantee that a student will
graduate, and we will not contact the school and ask them to change their
To my knowledge there is no defined
policy by the State Board of Education and most schools offer certificates of
completion, but not graduation certificates.
The reason for the non-graduated status is generally the fact that
Washington requires a certain number of credits to graduate. A student cannot earn that number of credits in one year.
A student moving into a Washington school from another state in the US
would be bringing a transcript with transferable credits; therefore they could
graduate after attending just one year. Exchange
students do not bring transferable credits, as the educational systems are so
the school where my students attend, Woodinville High School, in the North Shore
School District, the District policy is to refuse to allow a exchange student to
graduate, no matter what. They will
not even offer a certificate of completion, nor will they let them march in the
If a students takes and passes all
senior classes, most schools are willing to sign off an a transcript saying that
the student did successfully complete the listed classes,(specifying that they
are Senior classes). The Transcript
would have the school seal and would be signed by the principal.
In many cases the students in country school have accepted these
transcripts and students have been able to continue on with their normal
We here at Greater Puget Sound tell all of the students we place that AFS GPS will not guarantee graduation, or a diploma, and if a diploma is a necessity, they should look to another Area. Washington is pretty strict about the credits for graduation.
PARENTS ARE NOT LEGAL GUARDIANS
parents may not sign as guardians for their exchange students to play sports or
Many of your students will want to play sports at school or on
recreational teams. If your student
joins any team or club or organization where parent or guardian permission is
required, it is the Natural Parents that must sign the
form, or you must have their written signature (not an e-mail) giving you
permission to sign for them.
Your student will come with a
permission form signed by natural parents for school activities.
Do not sign any school waivers as the guardian for your
student to play school sports, sign as the host parent and give a copy of the
signed waiver to the school with the form.
If you student wants to do something requiring
parent/guardian signatures that are not school related, please contact the AFS
Regional Office in Portland. They
will contact AFS in country and make the arraignments to get a waiver for a
specific activity. Please give AFS at least 2 weeks to advance notice.
Host parents do have the right to sign for medical treatment for illness or injury. Your student will bring with him/her a medical waiver signed by the natural parents. This waiver gives AFS the authority to authorize treatment. In the case of medical emergency or illness, you are considered AFS and may sign for treatment.
AM I EXPECTED TO PAY FOR?
Talk to your students about money.
Money is always a sensitive issue.
Some families choose to pay for “everything” some families only pay
for the “basics”, and most are somewhere in-between.
up front with your student about what you plan to pay for and what you expect
them to pay for.
AFS has sent you a Host Family Handbook.
Re-read the questions on pages 34 –39.
These are questions about family rules, safety and money.
PLEASE GO OVER THESE PAGES WITH YOUR STUDENT WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK THEY
ARE WITH YOU. Make sure they
understand what things you expect them to pay fore.
SCHOOL LUNCH - When
you offer to host an AFS student, you commit to room and board.
This includes school lunches. Families
need to provide a lunch either made at home or by paying for lunch at school.
If you offer to provide a home made lunch and the student does not wish
to bring their lunch to school, then you have to the choice of paying for their
lunch or advising them that it will be their responsibility.
The students come with spending money.
Some with a great deal of money, some with a bare minimum and again most
are somewhere in-between. As the economy here is different from home, they really do
not have any idea how much things cost and how much money they will need and haw
many things there are to spend their money on.