All children at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists are invited to participate in the RE program. Be sure to indicate on the form all allergies, special needs/coping strategies, and interests. If your child has a disability or special needs, please contact the RE staff to talk about your child’s needs.
PARENT & TEACHER RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNING
Sunday morning RE classes are in session during the worship service. During class time the RE teacher and teacher’s assistant are responsible and accountable for the whereabouts and safety of children and youth.
Following the end of the service, a parent or older sibling is responsible for coming immediately to the McGiffert Wing to meet his/her child who is participating in a preschool, lower or upper elementary class. Middle school and high school youth may leave RE classes on their own.
In addition to ensuring children’s safety, parents’ courteous compliance with this procedure will afford volunteer teachers and teaching assistants an opportunity to leave their classroom in good order as well as free them to join the parents and other members of the congregation for coffee and conversation in the gathering hall.
RE TEACHERS’ ASSISTANT PARENT CO-OP
At least two adult volunteers lead each RE class. Each class is organized and directed by an RE teacher, with an assistant. (RE teachers are WUUs who may or may not have children or youth participating in the RE program.) RE teachers are volunteers with skills and interest in teaching who are willing to serve our children and youth. Teachers receive orientation and training and collaborate with the DRE to plan the curriculum and prepare for individual lessons.
To ensure the presence of two adults in each class, and to minimize the strain on our slender volunteer teacher corps, one parent from each family whose child (or children) is registered for RE, and who is not serving as an RE teacher, is expected to volunteer as a teacher’s assistant for preschool, lower and upper elementary classes, at least twice each year, between September and May.
Teachers’ Assistants will schedule their service with the DRE and will receive orientation to the plan for the class on the day they serve by the teacher they are helping. (Ideally, a parent will not assist in a class that his or her child attends.)