Back to School - Sunday School
Fall is near and school is in session! This is an exciting time of year for kids as they head back to school and settle into a new routine. Of course this means the start of Sunday school as well. This is a great opportunity to enroll our young parishioners in fun, exciting and educational religious experiences. It is also the time to develop and review your safety requirements and standards for a successful Sunday school program.
Premise Safety –
- Inspect all desks, chairs and tables for safety. Broken chair legs, cracked table tops, sharp edges are all points of concern.
- Evaluate bookcases, shelving units, TV and audio stands for safety. Are they easily tipped over onto a child? Should they be tethered to the wall to prevent falling and injuring a student?
- Are all cleaning, medical and poisonous or hazardous materials locked in a safe place?
- Do the electrical outlets all have covers? Are drawers and cabinets child-proofed?
- Are all rooms easily visible? No curtains or other items should obstruct classroom viewing. Emergency lighting should also be in working order.
Kid Safety –
- Implement a clear check-in/check-out program. If the person picking up the child is not on the approved list, do not release the child.
- Establish controlled access to the classrooms.
- Require hall monitors to be present and active before, during and after Sunday school sessions.
- Develop clear guidelines for food allergy management.
- Review all craft projects, games and outings for students. Extreme activities are not necessary in providing an exciting and educational Sunday school experience.
Volunteer Safety –
- Background checks! It does not matter the size of your congregation, you must screen volunteers and perform background checks on everyone. In this day in age, it’s not a personal attack, simply a matter of necessity to have waiting periods, screenings and checks.
- Provide CPR and basic emergency training for all volunteers.
- Require open door policies. No one-to-one contact ever!
- Establish a restroom policy and sanitation requirements.
- Get parent/child information sheets with emergency contact information complete with medical and allergy concerns.
- Finally, have a lock-up procedure. Inspect all rooms to be sure no one has been left behind and all rooms, doors and windows are secure.