Policies

Everyone is Welcome
All students are welcome at the Duluth Folk School, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, national or ethnic origin. Some classes may be age-restricted (not all courses are suitable for young learners) – contact us if you have questions.  Doing what we do is fun and we want to spread that to anyone and everyone.

How early should I register?
You should register as soon as you can! We keep our classes small, so classes can fill very quickly (don’t miss out on that class you really wanted – you may have to wait a year for the next offering).

Waiting Lists
We keep a waiting list for all filled courses. If you are on the waiting list, we will only contact you if a space becomes available.

Payment
All registrations are made online through the Duluth Folk School website’s secure payment gateway.

When you register for a course, you have reserved a place for yourself in that course. Registrations are filled on a first come, first served basis. Early registrations make a big difference in our ability to offer classes!

Student Withdrawal/Cancellation
Because of registration costs, instructor contracts, material acquisitions, and venue rentals, the Duluth Folk School is required to charge cancellation fees to students who are unable to participate.

Once you have registered for a class, cancellation fees apply, regardless of the reason for canceling.

  1. A full refund will be given when a cancellation is received 30 days before the course date.
  2. A 50% refund will be given if your cancellation is received at least 15 days before the course date.
  3. If you must cancel within two weeks of the course date, no refund will be given.
  4. No refunds will be made after the start date of a class.

That said, if you have a totally good buddy that you want to take your place in the class, we can do that!  We’ll need you to let us know via email or phone as early as possible.  Please give us their contact information (name, email, cell phone) and we’ll expect you to forward to them all of the communications we sent to you (regarding preparation for the class).

Course Cancellation

If for some crazy reason the Duluth Folk School must cancel a course (like there’s not enough students),  full refund will be given.

Weather Policy

We are from the Northland, we can handle it….usually.  Only in instances of extreme weather will a course, or portions of a course be cancelled.  For the rare situation where snowfall is so bad that the Duluth Transit Authority pulls buses off the road, we will postpone the class (you will be notified of rescheduled dates via email).  For youth based programs, we will follow what the Duluth Public Schools are doing for cancellations.

Outdoor activity classes are a go in almost all conditions.  We’ll draw the line at extreme winds, lightning, and the deep freeze (below -20 F).

Accessibility
Duluth Folk School classes are held in a variety of classrooms, and may occasionally include terrain which is hilly and uneven. If you have mobility restrictions, please contact us to discuss access to classes.

Smoking
Smoking is not allowed at Duluth Folk School events.

Drugs
Illegal drugs are not permitted at Duluth Folk School events.

Personal Property
The Folk School is not responsible for the security of property belonging to students and instructors.

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