The promises we make about how we will treat each other and what we will do to create a safe and sacred space is called a covenant.
This is our children’s covenant:
- We respect everyone with our words and actions.
- We are kind and work together to be fair to everyone.
- We encourage one another to grow in spiritual ways.
- We support each person’s search for what is right and true in life.
- We listen to our inner voice and to the hopes and concerns of others.
- We work together to make our world peaceful, free, and fair.
- We care for the Earth, its creatures, and our surroundings.
Families are asked to agree to this covenant before registering for the RE program. We all make mistakes at times or fail to live up to the promises we have made to one another. At those times, we will lovingly remind each other of our better selves. It is important to remember that behind any misbehavior, there is a need that is not being met. Teachers are encouraged to start from a place of inquiry with a child before turning to discipline. When children or youth break covenant:
- The teacher or classroom assistant quietly asks the child/youth what is going on for them to try to understand the unmet need. The adult might make modifications to attempt to meet the child’s need (i.e. give them a sense ball for tangible stimulation, or crayons to color so they can listen better).
- If this does not help, the adult immediately offers a quiet reminder that the behavior is out of bounds.
- If behavior continues, the adult and child/youth hold a private conversation.
- If needed, the child/youth has a private conversation with the Director of Spiritual Development (DSD), who will be in touch with the parents.
- After a family conversation, the parents contact the DSD to indicate the child/youth understands the behavior was unacceptable and agrees to work harder to keep the covenant.
- In the case of repeated difficulties, a parent/guardian may be asked to supervise the child/youth for an agreed upon time or the child/youth may be asked to take a break from Religious Education programs.