Kempton New Church School

Organization:

Protection of Children:

Our first responsibility is to keep the children in our care safe from abuse by adults or other children, and protected from being allowed to get into bad habits. In a safe, orderly environment, children can grow up well. In our denomination and in some church schools, there have been instances of abuse of children by priests and by teachers. We must be on guard to protect the innocence of our children (see Protect Innocence). Here are some ways we are trying to be careful at the Kempton New Church and the Kempton New Church School:

  1. In sermons and classes, we discuss the protection of innocence as one of the chief duties of parents and of all adults. We also discuss the state of the fallen Christian Church within us and around us, and the desire of the hells to destroy innocence.
  2. For KNCS, ASPIRE and Church young people’s trips, it is understood that there have to be married men and women present as chaperones, and for overnight co-ed trips, ideally at least one married couple (both husband and wife).
  3. From time to time we have discussions in faculty meetings—male and female faculty separately and together—about potential issues around the school and how to protect the children and the faculty.
  4. Whenever a teacher is hired, we make sure that he or she complies with the law requiring a Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check, and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, from the Childline and Abuse Registry, certifying that there is no record of abuse.
  5. Informally, there is a lot of discussion among parents of appropriate behavior and monitoring.
  6. Our faculty understands that any allegation of abuse must be reported to the civil authorities within 24 hours. We will also report such an allegation to the parents, unless circumstances indicate otherwise. We understand that we are not to judge an allegation but be supportive both to accuser and accused, making it clear that the situation must be reported to the authorities and to the parents immediately.

Student Support Limitations:

We know that parents of children with special needs are as eager for their children to enjoy the benefits of a New Church education as any parents in the church. When learning disabilities or special needs are identified, the school will determine what support we are able to offer within our budgetary and personnel constraints. Sometimes our small classes suit students with special needs. We have often modified curriculum and requirements to suit certain students, or provided some courses while a student takes other courses at home (or elsewhere).

We do not have a separate special education program. We also may not be able to accommodate children with serious behavioral or emotional problems. If parents desire or require more for their children than the school can provide, they can consider educational institutions that have an emphasis upon special needs students, or schools with specialized programs to meet their needs. We are pleased to do what we can.

Care of the Building and Grounds:

There is no paid maintenance staff and most maintenance is taken care of by a committee of volunteers. The lawns are mowed by a professional service.

In school each teacher, with his or her students, is responsible for certain duties around the school, such as emptying wastebaskets, cleaning the art room, cleaning their own room, etc. Time for this is set aside in the week for student chores. Teachers are responsible for their own classrooms. Parents are asked to volunteer to clean the bathrooms, or they pay an extra fee with the tuition bill so that we may hire someone to take their place. We also have work parties twice a year. Everyone is expected to participate, to help maintain our buildings and grounds.

Communications:

In a small church society informal communication is the general rule. Frequent parent-teacher communication about school matters is useful, whether in person, by phone or email. Formal ways of communicating include the following:

  1. Note Home—weekly during the school year
  2. Newsletter—monthly
  3. Class meetings, especially at the beginning of the year
  4. Parent-teacher conferences in the middle of each semester
  5. Report cards at the end of each semester
  6. Weekly reports, when necessary