We had a successful first week of formal class, and we thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this Catechetical year. We also thank all those who joined us, both in-person and via livestream, for our beautiful opening Religious Education Mass yesterday. It was a great blessing to gather together as one Religious Education family to pray and to celebrate as we walk together on our journey of faith.
We would like to remind you of a few guidelines of utmost importance, as discussed at the Parent Orientation:
All students, parents, and catechists need to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami for Religious Education Programs, as discussed in the Welcome Orientation and emailed to you. Please remember these points of utmost importance:
Masks are required for ALL catechists and ALL students of any age, regardless of vaccination status. Face shields and neck gaiters are insufficient.
Appropriate social distancing needs to be practiced while on parish grounds.
Should your child be sick, please have them stay home and email the Religious Education Office.
Protocols are in place for quarantine and isolation with regards to any exposures and positive diagnosis.
Anyone who travels outside of the United States must contact the Religious Education Office prior to returning to class.
DROP-OFF AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
Please remember to follow the drop-off and dismissal procedures as explained during the Welcome Orientation and sent to you via email.
As a reminder, students in the First Communion classes (2nd year) will be dropped off and picked up by the long green canopy (enter through Bird Road).
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE PICK-UP CARD NEEDS TO BE PRINTED AND PLACED ON THE FRONT RIGHT DASHBOARD OF YOUR VEHICLE. The link to download and print the pick-up card can be found in the email sent last week.
Students should come dressed comfortably, but appropriate for class and Church. In other words, all students are expected to dress modestly. Students are NOT allowed to wear “short” shorts or “short” skirts (must be knee-length), tank tops, sleeveless attire, gym shorts, sweat pants, leggings, ripped jeans, flip-flops, crocs, or distracting hair pieces (large bows, animal ears, etc.). Sports uniforms are also not permitted. Any student who continuously comes to class improperly dressed may not be allowed into class and may be asked to go home, which could potentially count as an absence.
Please remember that for those students in the first or second year of preparation for a sacrament, we allow up to five (5) absences for the year in terms of counting the year towards sacramental preparation. There are no excused or unexcused absences. A student with poor attendance and/or excessive tardiness may not have the current year count towards sacramental preparation. If a student is absent, the office may send a courtesy email to inform you of the number of absences your child has up to that point. (This guideline does not apply to students in first grade and to students in grades 4-6 who have already received First Communion.)
BOOKS / SUPPLIES / BAGS
All students received their books in class from their catechist. The book must be brought to class every week. Students also need to bring a pencil or pen, along with any other supplies requested by their catechist. Please remember that this year, due to the pandemic, students are NOT permitted to bring any bags whatsoever, including regular book bags, drawstring bags, canvas totes, etc.
FOOD, DRINKS, AND GUM
Please keep in mind that students may NOT bring any food or drinks, as they are not allowed inside the classrooms. In addition, gum chewing is not permitted.
CHANGES TO CLASS ASSIGNMENTS AND CLASS DAY
Once classes for the catechetical year begin in September, NO changes will be allowed to a child’s class day or class assignment. Students received their class assignment last week, which cannot be changed whatsoever.
All of the above guidelines are taken from our “Religious Education Handbook,” which contains all the procedures that will be followed this year. If you have not, please make sure to read the Religious Education Handbook on our website at www.stkevinrep.org, under the “GENERAL CLASS INFO” tab.
Please be sure to also check our website, www.stkevinrep.org, frequently for any announcements or new information regarding your child’s Religious Education class, including class outlines. The website will be our main method of communicating information to you. Also, please check your emails on a regular basis for any important information and reminders we may send throughout the year. Remember that we will be sending the majority of our emails through MailChimp, and to add our email address to your contact list to ensure you receive our emails.
God bless you.