Kempton New Church School
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 damaging 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 Protecting Innocence). Here are some ways we are trying to be careful at the Kempton New Church and KNCS:
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 been able to modify curriculum and requirements to suit certain students. Sometimes a student will attend some of our regular classes while taking other courses at home or elsewhere.
We do not, however, have a separate special education program. We also may not be able to accommodate children with serious behavioral or emotional problems. We are pleased to do what we can.
Care of the Buildings and Grounds:
Our paid maintenance staff is very minimal. Volunteers take care of the gardens, clean the facilities, and contribute to upkeep in other ways. Students do regular chores in school as part of their learning (see The School Day). Teachers are responsible for their own classrooms. We have work parties twice a year; all society members—children and adults—participate in them if they can, to help keep things clean and in order. The lawns are mowed by a professional service.
Parent-teacher communication about school matters is important, whether it happens in person, by phone, or email. Organized ways of communicating include the following:
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