In an effort to make sure that children are kept safe and can grow into the adults that God wants and the world needs them to be, we will be implementing Protecting God’s Children Safe Environment Curriculum beginning this week. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published the revised Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People guidelines in 2005 which calls Catholic schools to comply with the Charter and implement age appropriate training programs for children pertaining to personal safety. We follow the Diocese of Lafayette- Indiana Curriculum Guide. Children are a most precious gift; they are the Church of today and tomorrow. They are worth any investment we make in them to assure their future and the future of the Church. This program will enhance the students’ Christian self worth and assure them of their Christian dignity; that they are created in the image and likeness of God. We believe this is an exciting program that will encourage Christian values that will support the students and their families. It is often a dangerous world in which we live and we want to stand with you in making our community safer for your family. It is another way the Church wants to support you and your children. Beginning the 2007-2008 school year, each family should have received a copy of Think First & Stay Safe! Parent Guide. Each new family receives a copy. For more information from the publisher, you can go to: www.childluresprevention.com. The curriculum we use is available for viewing from this office. We review age appropriate personal safety such as; stranger safety, getting lost, Internet safety, and safe touches. Should you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. Thank you for entrusting your children to our school. Please feel free to contact me with questions.
Sincerely, Lisa Cooley MSW, LCSW, LSSW email@example.com