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Religious Education Program

Code of Conduct

 

All Children enrolled in the OLPH-STC Religious Education Program have obligations to the program and parish community

The student’s responsibilities include:

Living a moral life that reflects the values and teachings of Jesus Christ

Participating in the Parish Mass each Sunday

Receiving the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year

Following the teachings, laws, and norms of the Catholic Church

Attending the weekly Religious Education Sessions

Arriving on time each week for the Religious Education Session

Being well-prepared for each Religious Education session by having all assigned home projects completed satisfactorily

Memorizing all required prayers

Participating in class discussions and activities

Being attentive and respectful during sessions

Performing satisfactorily on assessments of the material taught in the sessions

Practicing appropriate dress

Cell Phones

The use of cell phones and other electronic devices by the child is not permitted during the Religious Education session unless this is directed by the Catechist as part of the educational process. Cell phones brought into the classroom should be turned off. At the discretion of the teacher cell phones may be collected and put in a basket at the beginning of class or placed on the teacher’s desk.

Children in need of contacting a parent must ask the Catechist’s permission to go to the Religious Education Office to place the call.

Behavior Management

Our Catechists are volunteers and should not be expected to spend class time as disciplinarians.  However, when necessary a catechist may use behavior management (or “discipline”) appropriate to an educational environment as a necessary means for the Religious Education Program to accomplish its goals. The purpose of behavior management is to help the children develop self-control, self-respect, respect for others, and reverence for the Word of God which is being explained to them in these sessions. Several infractions of rules of conduct will result in a call by the Director to the child’s parent in which the Director will describe the situation and work out a solution with the parent. If the infractions continue, the Director will organize a conference with the parent, the Catechist, and if needed the Pastor. The Religious Education Program reserves to the Director, under the authority of the Pastor, the right to remove a child from the group session, either temporarily or permanently: - if the child’s behavior is seriously inhibiting the learning of others in the group; - if the child’s behavior is seriously inhibiting the safety or well-being of others in the group; - temporary removal is used as a disciplinary measure for serious and persistent disruptive behavior.

Bullying and Cyber-bullying

Bullying includes but is not limited to: threatening physical harm, verbal abuse, intimidation, cyberbullying. The Archdiocesan policy against bullying is followed. This policy states: A safe and civil environment is necessary for children to learn and achieve Christian value. Harassment, intimidation, bullying, cyber-bullying (using technology to bully such as but not limited to: posting an inappropriate picture of a child on the Internet) and other violent behaviors will not be tolerated in a Religious Education Program environment. Any child who engages in this behavior may be asked to leave the religious education environment if this is seen to be in the best interest of the rest of the religious education community.

Vandalism Children in this program share desks with others.  Touching or removing someone else’s property will be considered vandalism.  Vandalism or willfully damaging or destroying property, will not be tolerated. Vandalism must be paid for by the parent of the child who did it. Accidental damage should be immediately reported to the Director.

Unacceptable Behavior The following types of behavior are not allowed during the Religious Education Program. Infractions which call for discipline by the Catechist are:

  • acting in a disrespectful manner toward the Catechist, other adults or children in the program
  • cheating
  • speaking and interacting with other children inappropriately during the session
  • abusive or vulgar language
  • leaving a session without permission
  • using a cell phone during the session when not authorized by the Catechist
  • doing something other than the work of the session
  • violating the dress code
  • eating in the Religious Education session
  • possession of and /or trafficking in alcohol or other drugs
  • leaving the Religious Education premises when a child is supposed to be attending the session
  • willful defiance of authority
  • recording or photographing a catechist or student without permission
  • possession of weapons, such as knives, guns, or look-alikes
  • physical assault/fighting, threatening bodily harm
  • harassment and intimidation of other children
  • vandalism, arson
  • theft
  • defacing or damaging of parish property
  • bullying/cyber-bullying.
  • photographing or filming teachers or students

     

Persistence in any of these behaviors after corrective measures have been taken can result in the removal of the child from the Religious Education group sessions, either temporarily or permanently, depending on the recommendation of the Director and the decision of the Pastor

The reasons for repetition of grade level are as follows:

1. Excessive absence: after 3 absences the parent will receive an official notification of the child’s absences and a request for a parent conference

 2. Poor performance: if the child consistently does poorly when assessed on the content of the textbook and the Archdiocesan Guidelines for Catechesis, remedial work will may be required and organized by the Director. If the remedial work is not sufficient to enable the child to grasp the content, repetition of the grade level may be the best solution.

3. Excessive lateness: after 3 occurrences of late arrival, the parent will receive a notification. If the late arrivals continue beyond 6 occurrences, this is grounds for repetition of grade level.

The child’s regular attendance at the Religious Education sessions is especially important to his/her whole life. These 30 sessions should take priority over all other after-school or weekend programs and activities. - Three absences will necessitate a conference between the Director and the parent. - Four absences will result in the child having to make up the sessions. The number of make-up sessions will be determined by the Director and will be based on the number necessary for the child to be adequately taught the content of the textbook and the Archdiocesan Guidelines for his/her grade level. - Five absences may result in the repetition of the grade level. - In the case of a long-term illness confirmed by a doctor’s report, the Director and parent should make arrangements for religious education at home.