Dear Charleston Catholic School Families and Friends,
This week, at our Morning Prayer Assembly, we have focused on the idea of “being responsible”. We asked students to share what their responsibilities are at home, at school, and as members of an athletic team. Also, we discussed some of the responsibilities that teachers and staff have at school, including the duty to look after the safety of students on campus and during student activities off campus. Today, I want to inform you of some updated procedures that we are taking to enhance the safety of our students.
As you know, the Diocese of Charleston has a Safe Environment Program for all of the schools and parishes in the Diocese that includes safety lessons for students and training sessions for adults who work with children. The primary document that serves as the basis for the Diocese’s Safe Environment policies and procedures is the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, that was originally approved by the full body of U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2005 and then revised in 2011. One of the statements in the Charter is this pledge from the Bishops: “we pledge most solemnly to one another, and to you, God’s people, that we will work to our utmost for the protection of children and youth.” Now, one of the most challenging areas of protecting children and youth is technology — keeping children safe from online predators and other people who use the Internet to gain access to minors (anyone under the age of 18). All of our Catholic schools have web sites and most of our Catholic schools have some form of Social Media to promote our student activities and achievements. Recently, we have received some additional information from the Diocese to enhance the safety of minors in the area of technology, and we have taken some actions in this area.