Parent and Student Handbook
Table of Contents
ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
It is important that children attend class every week. Attendance is marked in every class. We are aware of the pressures and demands on time from extracurricular activities and family events. The faith formation of your child and their religious education need to be a priority for all Catholics. It is vital that all students receive religious education and our parish must have proper documentation of each year’s education for individuals to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. This is a policy mandated by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.
ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR AT HOME INSTRUCTION
Homeschooling student “attendance” of religious instruction in the home is demonstrated through sample work submitted in the following ways:
MASKING AND ILLNESS PREVENTION
At the recommendation of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, we will be masking during Religious Education with the exception of outdoor areas.
Students have been grouped with other students from their own weekday school as much as possible.
If your child is showing symptoms of illness, please keep them at home. We can send work to you for your child to complete when he or she is feeling up to it. Please send an email requesting work directly to your child’s catechist. Your online class calendar will also indicate what lesson were missed.
WEATHER AND EMERGENCIES
For weather closures and other emergencies, cancellation of CCD will be sent through Flocknote as well as posted on our website, re.ourladyofvictory.com and ourladyofvictory.com. Cancellation of CCD will be posted by 9:30AM. If the weather is inclement or calling for bad weather to move into the area then please check. If nothing is posted then we will have CCD. Please use your best judgment when weather is a concern. Assignments can be sent home to absent students. It’s better to be safe!
K, 3, 4 and 5 use Loyola Press textbooks. Loyola Press is inspired by the life and work of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Program components include Scripture Stories and guided reflections on spoken word CD, Vocal, Instrumental and reflective music CD, and Exploring Faith through Art. Access to online features is a highlight of this series. Directions for access can be found in this handbook and on your child’s grade level website.
HOMEWORK, ASSESSMENTS AND ABSENT WORK
The catechists may assign homework to children in grade 2 through 8, though this is very rare. The homework needs to be turned in at the next scheduled class or via email. In addition, there may be assessments on the material presented during class, the purpose of which is to provide insight into students’ understanding and not to provide a basis for grade level advancement. They are simply a tool that can be used by the student, parent, or teacher.
REQUIRED PRAYERS TO LEARN (GRADE K THROUGH 5)
Kindergarten – The Sign of Cross and Guardian Angel
AUTHORIZATION OF USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE
Our Lady of Victory Religious Education adheres to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan policy to have parental permission to use student pictures to use for bulletins boards and parish media (i.e. bulletins, sacramental display boards, etc.). If we do not receive the authorization from you on your registration form, we will not use your child's photo in parish media or bulletin boards. Use of photos is extremely rare in any case. Please email the DRE to check or change the status of your permission.
DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL FOR SCHOOL BUILDING
Children meet their catechist in the gym and return to the gym after class. No one is allowed to go directly to his or her classroom before 10:30am. Kindergarten through 8th grades classes will meet in the gym by the sign with the catechist name, grade & Room Number. The catechist will come to the gym to pick up the class at 10:30am.
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS FOR OUR PROGRAM
1. Keep your hands to yourself and maintain social distancing during
Students are expected to remove hats and hoods during class time. Clothing must not interfere with the educational process or the rights of others. Items of clothing that advertise or promote values that are not in line with Catholic teaching should not be worn to Religious Education. If a student is dressed inappropriately he/she will be sent to the religious education office.
ADHERENCE TO CATHOLIC TEACHING
A healthy curiosity and respectful requests for more information regarding a Church teaching are encouraged. If a student argues against accepted Catholic moral teaching in Religious Education classes or boasts to classmates of doing something the Church considers seriously sinful, that student may be asked to leave the classroom and report to the Religious Education office during class. The students’ parent(s) may be called, and a meeting with the DRE and/or pastor may be necessary. Following this meeting, the student may be reinserted into his/her class or be home-schooled (if in the child’s best interest). If the student returns to his/her class and the behavior is repeated, then the parents will be asked to home school their child for the remainder of the school year.
Cell Phones must be turned off when students arrive for class. If cell phones are found to be in use during class, the phone will be taken by the catechist and returned to the student at the end of class. Phones and other electronics must be turned off when class begins. Emergency use of the phones is acceptable, but if the situation allows time for requesting phone use, permission from the catechist should be asked.
If a student breaks the above rules after one warning on the day of class the catechist will call his/her parents.
A PRAYER FOR FAMILY COMMITMENT
Loving and merciful Father, who instituted the family as in instrument of your fruitful love and raised it to be a sacrament of the love of your Son for his Church, send forth your Holy Spirit to forgive us for our sinful failures, to heal the personal and social wounds that afflict us, to bring consolation to the vulnerable among us, and to enable us to reach out in compassionate care
For a physical copy of the handbook, please contact the Director of Relgious Education.