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Startup Checklists & Tips for Parish DRE's

Every year, at the opening of the catechetical year, there are a number of items to be filled out by or distributed to catechists and parents of children and youth in parish programs.   PLEASE NOTE: THIS LIST CONTAINS BOTH SAFE ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS AND GENERAL REO REQUIREMENTS.

 FOR NEW CATECHISTS AND AIDES ONLY:

 FOR ALL CATECHISTS:

  • Annually signed IL Dept. of Children and Family Services Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement

https://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/cants22.pdf or Spanish: https://www.state.il.us/DCFS/docs/cants22s.pdf

  • Adult Medical Information Form (Appendix 28) To be kept easily accessible during sessions in case of emergency.

 NEW FAMILIES:

 FOR ALL REGISTERED FAMILIES:

  • Completed Registration Form (Sample)
  • Signed General Permission Form (may be part of Registration packet)  Current version includes photo/video permission.
  • Signed Medical Permission Form (may be part of Registration packet)  Appendix 13 To be kept easily accessible during sessions in case of emergency.
  • ( Appendix 14, Combined one-page form
  • AS NEEDED FOR CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIES OR OTHER MEDICAL NEEDS Permission to Administer Medication  NOTE the information in Appendix 43 – Suggested Procedures for Severe Allergies & Epi Penshttp://www.ourdoj.org/reo/pro/documents/Appendix43Epipens.pdf
  • Parent Guide to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse (date of distribution on file - to be reported with numerical statistics) ALL parishes must continue to provide this brochure – even if not instructing for Safe Environment
  • Internet Safety Brochure – all families with children Grade 5 and above. Get it here.
  • Safe Environment Scheduling letter – if instructing in parish program,  English Spanish
  • Program handbook for families, stating parish policies about tuition, attendance, discipline, other basics.
  • Highly recommended: create a signed receipt for your program parent handbook (in case of discipline issues, this verifies they received your discipline policy)

FAMILIES OF GRADE 5 STUDENTS: CHASTITY RESOURCES
Distribution of the parent letter plus puberty books for either boys or girls (or alternately the New York Archdiocese Parent Guide to Sexuality) is required. Scheduling a parent night or parent-child night at which these are presented within the context of an instructional presentation, using the diocesan PowerPoint or an approved presentation is highly recommended. See this page for resources and policies.

OTHER TASKS AND ITEMS

You may find this calendar of basic tasks for the ministry of parish director of religious education, created by Joe Paprocki, useful.