Family Guidelines

Students who partake in the MacDuffie Homestay Program will receive all school rules and expectations prior to arriving in this country. The students’ families understand that their children are responsible for their actions while living with the Host Family and attending The MacDuffie School. Once in this country, it is important that the host families establish their own specific rules/expectations as they see necessary. Although the Homestay Coordinator will be the link between the families and the school, families are expected to maintain healthy relationships with their students in order to minimize the need for “official” intervention.

The general duties and responsibilities of a Homestay House Parent are outlined below:

  • You agree to provide a home-like experience to your MacDuffie student, including him/her in daily family meals and family outings.

  • You will provide your student with at least a semi-private bedroom including a bed, desk or similar study area, chair, and other typical bedroom furnishings.

  • Host families are responsible to provide up to three meals per day for their student(s); generally, the School provides lunch when school is in session, and the host family provides meals at other times, including weekends and holidays.

  • You are responsible to provide transportation to and from school and to athletic and other after-school activities.

  • You are responsible to create and explain reasonable “house” rules which might include curfews, shared household items, and/or basic chores.

  • You must be familiar with the School’s Student Handbook, which can be found through the Renweb Parent Portal, and particularly the student Code of Conduct, by which we expect all students to abide.

  • Homestay House Parents may allow their Homestay student to ride in vehicles driven by specified individuals only with the approval of the natural parent/guardian;  (Homestay students may ride in vehicles driven by School faculty, staff members, volunteers, or the parents of other School students, or in vehicles chartered by the School).

  • You should create a system of “check-in” with your student, just as you would your own child, so that you know where your student is at all times and your student knows how to contact you.

  • As a Homestay House Parent, you are acting in loco parentis, and you are expected to handle minor discipline as any reasonable parent would, usually by curtailing a privilege (such as going to the movies).

  • While a student’s personal money and documents (passports, I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status – for Academic and Language Students, plane tickets, credit cards) are his/her responsibility, you are asked to help students keep these in a safe place.

  • It is important that you maintain open communication with the student’s Academic Advisor, the Homestay Coordinator, and other School officials.

  • Homestay House Parents should report any and all concerns as they occur to the Homestay Coordinator.