Safe and Sacred Child Protection
Parents who are not Child Protection Certified
As a school, we are required to insure that all employees and volunteers have a background check that includes fingerprinting. If you are interested in becoming Child Protection certified, please contact Tere Hyfield (email@example.com) to obtain a packet. If you were certified through the church, please contact Tere Hyfield to have your certification added to the school and to verify your status.
Parents who are Child Protection Certified
The Office of Child and Youth Protection is offering on-line training sessions on Internet Safety and Professional Boundaries. The training can be found at the diocesan site, www.diobr.org. Scroll to the icon for the Office of Child and Youth Protection. Click on the box to the left where it says “Safe Environment Curriculum”. On the middle of the screen, you will see a title “Safe and Sacred Training”. After registering, you will see a screen with three buttons. Click on “Professional Boundaries” or “Internet Safety.” These trainings are not mandatory, but are recommended to continue your training in the area of Child Protection.
St. Aloysius School Safety Program
During the 2012-13 school year, the faculty and staff implemented new safety protocols on our campus. In March, a national consultant came to evaluate our campus. He reported that St. Aloysius is “among the top 5% of the country” in providing a safe environment for our students. This conclusion, in large part, was due to the vigilance of students, faculty, staff and parents.
Parent Safety Protocols
Before coming to school:
Check weather report in morning before your child leaves for school. Be aware of any watches or warnings. Dress your child appropriately.
While on campus:
Always check in with the front office when visiting campus.
If your child is tardy, accompany your child to the office to check into school for the day.
In carpool lines, follow the directions of the duty teachers. This will ensure a quicker, safer procedure.
Pre-register for field trips by the deadline indicated by the teacher. This applies to official chaperones and parent guests. On the field trip, wear the tag that the teacher sends to you.
If you see an adult walking on campus without a visitor’s pass or faculty/staff identification tag, direct that person to check in at the office. Then contact a staff member and report the encounter.
If you are on campus and you see a dangerous situation, please report it. You may call 911 before informing the office, if you see a serious immediate threat.
Keep the school updated if your home phone number, cell phone number or e-mail address is changed.
Keep your cell phone charged and close at hand. If you hear of an incident on campus, do not call the office, your child’s teacher, or any teaching assistants. This will enable our personnel to concentrate on handling the situation and keeping your children safe.
If you hear of an incident, do not drive to school. Extra cars in the vicinity will impede any emergency vehicles which may be responding.
As soon as possible, the school will contact you via the parent telephone broadcast system. If your presence is requested, details will be given in this phone call.
If you are called to pick up your children at school, or at a secondary location, follow directions of school personnel. Depending on the situation, you may need to sign your children out, either with office personnel or with your child’s teacher.
After the incident, an e-mail will be sent home, explaining the incident.
The Diocesan guidelines state that no school personnel are to give public comment regarding incidents. The school has an appointed representative to the media, Erin Candilora. We ask that parents use prudence if contacted by members of the press.