Policies and Procedures

Parents’ Responsibilities

  • Be here! Parents or guardians should remain at TUUC while their children are here.
  • Attend regularly! Children who attend frequently will make friends and get the most out of the curriculum, and be part of our church community more quickly.
  • Stay informed! Check bulletin boards and fliers; read the Threshold and the weekly parent email, which will also give you information on special family social events and ways to put your faith into action. Visit this website for updates.
  • Talk to us! Teachers are happy to answer questions or discuss ideas or concerns.  If you’re not sure of the teachers’ names or how to reach them, ask the DRE.
  • Become involved! Join a committee, help with hospitality or greeting, and come for social events.
  • Pledge! All TUUC members and friends are expected to make a financial contribution to TUUC. Volunteering in YRE is an addition to pledging.
  • Teach! Our program depends on volunteer teachers. Though nonparents also teach, parents take the major role. A parent from each family who has been attending 6 months or more should teach one semester every  year. You will be asked to give your preferences on the back of the registration form. (There are other ways to help if a family is unable to commit to teaching, just ask!)

Without you, there is no YRE!

Sick Children
To ensure health of all, parents should not have children attend the nursery if any of the following have occurred:
1. child has thrown up or run a fever in the last 24 hours
2. child has continuous runny nose and/or congested cough
3. child has been on antibiotics for less than 24 hours

 
















Safety Policy 
For the safety of our children and teachers we plan two adults for each group or class of children or teens. When a coteacher is absent unexpectedly, we may ask a parent to assist. We appreciate your cooperation. For the safety of our children, please supervise your children in the building and the playground when they are not in classes. 


Nursery care workers will call parents if their child needs changing or to go to the bathroom. Teachers will accompany small children to the bathroom but will not go into a stall with them. Parents should leave cell numbers if they are likely to be needed.

Children in grades up to 4 MUST stay in classroom until picked up by parent or guardian.

Children with Special Needs
Please inform the DRE of any special needs that your child has either on the registration form or in conference with the DRE. The DRE will share the needed information with teachers only and work with them to provide any additional help they may need.


While our program is more flexible that most public schools, please recognize our limitations. Often children with attention or learning issues function best in a structured environment, which is difficult to achieve in a short period once a week with volunteer teachers. Children who need medication during the week need it just as much on Sundays when they are attending TUUC classes.
 


Behavior

The RE Ministry is committed to providing a positive environment for all children. First, we view adults as role models and ask them to treat children as they themselves would like to be treated. Second, we provide our teachers training and continuing support to meet their responsibilities. Third, we provide a program that is exciting and age appropriate, which allows the children to be engaged throughout the class. Finally, our DRE is available to help with information and support.


We believe children are brimming with wonder and energy. We realize that sometimes a child’s energy can be misdirected. We ask our teachers to inform the parents, DRE, or YRE Committee of such instances to allow everyone involved to find a mutually agreeable solution. In most cases, this involvement works.

Classroom Covenants
Each class adopts a classroom covenant at the beginning of each year. One such covenant reads “Respect one another; listen with an open mind; speak with an open heart.” For a classroom to be an emotionally safe environment there must be mutual respect. When difficulties occur with young children, the teachers or DRE will talk with the parents. Out of respect for older children, we generally try to come to an understanding with them privately, perhaps removing them for a short period of time, before involving parents. If an individual’s behavior frequently leads to an unhappy or unproductive classroom atmosphere, the family and DRE will determine an alternative to classroom participation.
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