Policies during Instruction

Children's Faith Formation

Code of Behavior

All students and adults are expected to behave in a Christian manner.

  • A student is expected to respect others, children and adults. Inappropriate words, actions, and intents will not be tolerated. This includes, but is not restricted to, foul language, bullying, harrassment, fighting, threats, disobedience of instructors, or disruptive behavior.
  • No food or drink is allowed unless approved by the director.
  • A student will dress in modest attire appropriate for religious instruction, and not create a distraction for class.
  • A student will respect all property, and not vandalize or destroy any aspect of the property.
  • A student will not bring drugs, alcohol, or weapons on the premises. Appropriate legal action will be taken.
  • A student will not be allowed to use entertainment devices or cell phones during religious instruction.
  • We reserve the right to inspect a person’s personal property when there is reasonable belief that the individual is violating the rules or concealing contraband.

When this code of behavior is violated, the following four-step discipline procedure will be enforced:

1. A verbal warning by the catechist 
2. A discussion with the catechist after class
3. A discussion with the director 
4. A conference with the parent/guardian 

If there is any destruction of property, the offending child(ren)'s family will be responsible for restitution.

 

Attendance

There are ample opportunities for students to participate in faith formation. The attendance policy applies to students in Preschool through Grade Six.

 

  • Students are expected to attend all class sessions, with the required materials.
  • Students are expected to be on time for classes.
  • Students arriving late are to report to the main office for a tardy pass.
  • If a child is ill or cannot attend class, call 630-539-3553, no later than the time of the scheduled class.
  • Office volunteers will call the parents of absent students, excluding those who called in the absence, to verify the status. This practice curtails truancy.

A student with 3 consecutive unexcused absences is required to make up assignments before re-entering the program. 

A student who misses a total of 5 classes may be retained in the present level without summer make-up. A student, enrolled in sacramental preparation, and misses more than 4 classes, may not be allowed to celebrate the sacrament. 

The unique flexibility of the Confirmation Program is possible with full candidate attendance, therefore; the attendance policy for Confirmation Level 1 and Level 2 includes the following:

  • Tardiness (beyond five minutes) warrants non-participation
  • Early dismissal will not be allowed
  • Missed sessions must be made up.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation will be offered only if all requirements are completed.

 
Arrival and Dismissal

These procedures apply to students in Preschool through Grade Six. Policies for the Confirmation Program can be found in the Confirmation Guidelines.

  • Children should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the class time. Children need to be picked up promptly.
  • Children in Preschool through Grade Two must be escorted to and picked up in their classrooms.
  • If a child needs to leave early, the parent must sign in at the main office, and a volunteer will retrieve the child. The child will only be released to persons listed on the registration forms.
  • During instruction time, no adult is allowed to wander the premises without permission from the staff.

 
Parking Lot Procedure

To assure pedestrian safety, a drop-off/pick-up procedure has been established.

  • Vehicles enter through the southeast entrance of the parking lot on Pine Avenue. Safety cones mark the flow of traffic as well as block off access to the cul-de-sac and the Maple Avenue entrance
  • Moving safety cones during sessions is a safety violation, and, if deemed necessary, action will be taken.
  • Once persons have been dropped off at the designated center, vehicles are to exit through the west entrance of the lot.
  • Children in Preschool through Grade Two should be escorted to their classrooms.
  • Parents are expected to behave in an appropriate manner during this procedure.

Communications

To ensure effective communication, the following forms of media will be implemented.

  • Telephone access to the director, 630-894-5880
  • Website access to program events, www.stwalterchurch.com
  • Emails, newsletters and letters
     

Parent Access to Student Records

St. Walter abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment, namely that both parents have access to the child’s records, although physical access to the child is determined by the court decree. Divorced/separated parents must file a Court Certified Copy of the Custody section of the divorce decree or separation agreement with the parish.

Emergency Class Cancellation

In the event that classes are cancelled due to weather, a message will be posted on our website, www.stwalterchurch.com.

Publicity

Photos may be taken for the sole purpose of promoting St Walter Children’s Faith Formation and its events. Parents who do not wish to have their child’s photo used in any promotional material should contact the director, and make such a request.


Emergency Procedures

Procedures for various emergency drills are established.

  • A fire drill will be conducted once a year.
  • Awareness of tornado safety procedures will be presented.
  • Adults will be instructed on procedures concerning intruder alert, blood-borne pathogens, and disruptions.
Lockdown Procedures

In the case of an unforeseen national or local crisis during class sessions, a lockdown procedure will be initiated to ensure the safety of the students. To ensure security, parents will not be allowed to enter the premises. In such a situation, parents must report to the main office where the director will instruct them on the procedure for picking up their children. Full parent cooperation is expected, and will allow the staff to effectively handle the crisis.

Health Concerns and Medications

Health concerns should be brought to the attention of the staff during registration. Know that: 

1. No catechist can administer medication. 

2. No student is allowed to take any medication (including aspirin) into the classroom. Medication should be left at the main office. 

3. A confidential appointment with the director should be made to discuss medication or other health concerns.

Special Needs

In accordance with canon law, no child is denied religious education. If there is sufficient collaboration with the parent/guardian, special needs students may participate in the children’s faith formation programs. Assessment will assure the positive experience of all involved. If necessary, alternatives to whole class instruction may be suggested.

Child Abuse

In accordance with diocesan policy, adults ministering to minors, including parish leadership, are “mandated”, by state law, to report evidence of reasonable suspicion of abuse and/or neglect of a minor to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Catechists and classroom aides shall be required annually to sign the state form acknowledging they are aware of their status as mandated reporters. The signed copy is to be kept on file in the parish.

Off-Campus Activities

Students may attend parish-sponsored events off the parish campus, but must provide their own transportation. The parish will not recognize other gatherings by parents, catechists, or students, and is not liable for any accidents that may occur at non parish-sponsored events.