Permission to Contact Youth During COVID-19

Many are asking what needs to be done to comply with Safe Environment Policies while holding Faith Formation sessions during this time.  Here is what you need:

  1. A Permission to Contact Youth form current and signed by the parents/guardians needs to be on file for any minor child/teen in order for them to participate in online faith formation. The parents should also keep a copy of this form for their files. The Social Media Policy and Permission to Contact form can be found here.
  2. If you do not have permission-to-contact-youth-online forms in place for the year, we ask that any catechists reaching out to parents to invite children/youth to an online session be sure the permission form is completed first.
  3. PCLs/YMs can mail or email the forms home to be completed by the parents—electronic signatures are acceptable. Parents can either scan and send, take a picture and send, or mail the completed permission form back to the PCL/YM.
  4. We also ask that two adult catechists be present for every live session (if both catechists are not available, we ask that the catechist or PCL arrange for another catechist or Virtus certified parent be present for the full session). If a session is pre-recorded, we’d ask that parents be given access to the material so that they can share with their children.

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