Guidelines for PTG

PTG Guidelines​​
  
Revised 8/16/18

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General Guidelines
Both the registration and membership fees must be received before you are considered a PTG member. Membership enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year is open from August 1, 2019 through January 31, 2020.  Only families who have moved to the area or are new to homeschooling after January 31 will be allowed to enroll past the deadline.

Membership fees are $21/family until October 31, 2019.  On November 1, 2019 membership fees will increase to $31/family.

In order to attend a PTG event one must be a member of PTG.  The only exceptions are the Kickoff Picnic in September and the Jr/Sr Formal during which a junior or senior PTG member may invite a friend from outside the group.

Membership is not obtained at a PTG event but rather online at www.palmettoteengroup.org.

Check age restrictions (middle school, high school) before signing up for a PTG event. 

Hold Harmless Agreements:
Some of our “third-party” activities require signed waivers for participation.  These will be the responsibility of the parent/s or guardian/s to sign and provide.  These are not controlled or monitored by PTG. 

Email and Facebook Guidelines
PTG members are encouraged to use PTG Google Groups email and the PTG Facebook page to communicate with one another.  There are some simple guidelines all members are asked to keep in mind.

Email Guidelines
Email content should be….          
related to PTG, homeschool, educational or social events for 6-12 graders; curriculum for sale or “in search of”; or other homeschool related topics.
Emails should not be….
advertisements (including personal business ads), sale items not homeschool related, political posts, or posts which might be considered derogatory or controversial.

Facebook Guidelines
PTG Facebook is for PTG members only
PTG Board will add new members as requested and remove former members.
Facebook posts should be…
related to PTG, homeschool, educational or social events for 6-12 graders; curriculum for sale or “in search of”; or other homeschool related topics.
Facebook posts should not be…
advertisements (including personal business ads), political posts, or posts which might be considered derogatory or controversial.

PTG Board members will approve and monitor email and Facebook content.  If something is deleted or not approved, a board member will let the member know why.  If a PTG member believes something has been sent via email or posted on Facebook that may be questionable, the Social Media board member or Moderator should be contacted.

Music Guidelines
PTG is a Christian organization which allows music by Christian and non-Christian music artists to be played at dances and other appropriate social events.  The PTG Board asks our dance and other social event coordinators to ensure, to the best of their ability, that music with sexually-suggestive, explicit or profane lyrics not be played.  We understand personal tastes and preferences vary among the PTG membership.  The expectation is that those responsible for the music at PTG events would carefully consider the song choices and ensure they fall within the guideline.  If a PTG member has a concern about music played at an event, they should contact the board member overseeing that event (middle or high school liaison).  The PTG Board will assess each situation individually and take the proper course of action as they deem necessary.  If it is determined that an event organizer and/or DJ has willfully ignored the Music Guideline, the event organizer and/or the DJ will not be allowed to plan/DJ a PTG event for 2 years. 

Behavior Guidelines
All members are expected to follow the guidelines.  If guidelines are not followed, membership may be revoked.  If a member’s behavior is called into question, the principles of Matthew 18 will be followed.
The individual/s will be spoken to directly.
Each situation will be taken into consideration on an individual basis.
Correction will be given as appropriate.
If an individual/s is unwilling to comply with the guidelines, PTG membership will be terminated.
In extreme cases, where the Board deems it necessary, the Board reserves the right to terminate membership immediately.

Members are expected to show honor and respect to one another, give others the benefit of the doubt, offer grace, show kindness, and be an example of love to one another. (Romans 12:10, Eph. 4:2)

Students are expected to act respectfully to those in authority at a PTG event and other adults at all times. (Eph. 5:21)

No public displays of affection.  Slow dancing at dances is the exception and members are asked to behave respectfully toward one another.

Participants in activities are expected to abide by the rules of the event organizer/facility, stay together with the group, and show respect to those in charge.

Transportation: Transportation to and from PTG events is the responsibility of PTG members.  Once at an event, teen drivers are not allowed to leave and come back.  Palmetto Teen Group and event coordinators are not responsible for driving arrangements made between members, including arrangements made between teenagers.

Dress code:  It is assumed that PTG members will consider one another and what is appropriate dress for each PTG event.
                If bathing suits are appropriate:
                Girls – 1-piece suits, tankinis or a t-shirt over a 2-piece 
                Guys – Board shorts or trunks that are board short length

Vulgar language, coarse joking and fighting are not allowed. (Eph 5:4)