Important Policies

INCLEMENT WEATHER
In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, please follow Fairfax County instructions regarding closures and delays. Information on cancelled classes will also be posted on the main Religious Education page (under the Faith Formation tab) on our website.

REGISTRATION
All students enrolled in the St. Michael Religious Education Program must be registered members of the parish, or provide a letter of permission from their pastor granting permission for them to be enrolled for instruction at St. Michael. Registration of non-parishioners is subject to the approval of the Pastor. To be enrolled in our Program, students must be baptized at the time of registration or by August 1 (one month before the beginning of the school year). To comply with diocesan requirements, parents/guardians must complete and submit a new registration form each year. Registration for the fall begins each spring and ends August 31, a couple of weeks before the start of classes.

NEW STUDENTS
The student’s Baptismal Certificate is required at the time of registration. Students who transfer from another parish and who have attended another parish religious education program must provide a record of their last grade completed, their attendance record and grades, and information on any sacraments already received. Registration will not be considered completed until all required documents have been presented. New students in Grades 2 – 8 will be required to take an assessment for class placement.

COMMUNICATION
The Director of Religious Education will communicate with parents/guardians primarily through email. This is so that there is a written record of what has transpired. Please be sure to check your email (and your spam/junk folders) regularly for important communications. Catechists also will contact parents and guardians by email. Contact with students via email is not permitted.

ATTENDANCE
It is important that children attend each and every year of instruction because the curriculum builds on the material learned the year before. Students returning to the program will be required to take an assessment for class placement. Students are expected to be on time for class. The security doors leading to the classrooms are closed once classes have begun. There is no distinction between an “excused” or “unexcused” absence. All absences are marked simply as ABSENT.

More than four (4) absences in a school year may seriously jeopardize the student’s advancement to the next level and in the case of sacramental preparation, may require that the reception of the sacrament(s) be postponed until the following year.

CODE OF CONDUCT
Students are expected to respect the Parish/School and private property of others. Any student who damages Parish, School or private property will be responsible for replacement or repair of that property.

Cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off and not used during class. It is preferable that students not bring these devices to school at all. The Catechist may, at his/her discretion, collect and hold students’ devices during class. The Parish is not responsible for any lost or stolen electronic devices.

Catechists will establish classroom rules and a routine at the beginning of the school year and these will be presented to the students on the first day of class. Catechists are expected to treat all students with respect and to be fair and consistent in their expectations and discipline of students.

DISCIPLINE
Parents are primarily responsible for the discipline of their children. Misbehaving students will be given a warning to cease misbehaving. If the behavior continues to disrupt the class, the student will be sent to the Religious Education office and the parent will be asked to meet with the Director. If necessary, parents will be required to attend class with the child for the rest of the school year or the child will be removed from classes entirely.

DRESS CODE
Catechists and students are expected to dress in a manner that respects their dignity as children of God who are made to His image and likeness. A good measure for appropriate dress is that if it is not appropriate for attending Mass, then it is not appropriate for the classroom.

  • No tank tops, halter tops, or spaghetti straps.
  • Skirts and shorts must fall past the middle finger when arms are held straight down at the side.
  • Pants must be worn at the waist.
  • No leggings, athletic wear, pajamas, and clothes with rips or holes.
  • No clothing that depicts drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, violence, gang symbols, vulgarity, obscene images.
  • Head coverings are to be removed upon entering the school building, unless required for medical reasons.

VISITORS
No visitors, including parents, are permitted in the classroom area of the school without the knowledge and approval of the Director of Religious Education. All visitors, including parents who wish to sit in on their child’s class, must sign in at the Religious Education Office prior to class.

PHOTOS / VIDEOS
No photographs or videos will be taken of the students without the written consent of the parents or legal guardians. Names of students will not be posted on any public forum without first obtaining the written consent of the parents or guardians.

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