Policies and Procedures
Attendance is the basis for social and academic growth. Attendance is taken in each session. Should your child attend less than 75% of the time, he or she will need to be evaluated to determine if retention is necessary.
Schedule and Late Arrival
School begin promptly at 9:30 AM on Sundays. Please make every effort to have your child(ren) in school on time.
If you need to pick your child up early from Religious School, please make sure to send your child in with a note and let his/her teachers know. When you come to pick up your child, please go to the Chapel desk to sign out. A staff member from the Religious School will pick up your child from class at that time.
If classes are canceled due to poor weather conditions, announcements will be made on the local television and radio stations. There also will be a message on the Religious School telephone and we will endeavor to call and email parents at the primary telephone number listed in our school records.
Along the south side parking area, there will be a “NO TRAFFIC ZONE” marked by orange traffic cones. Students may be dropped off at the Chapel entrance or in the south side parking lot anywhere along this “NO TRAFFIC ZONE.” The speed limit is 5mph at ALL times. There is no adult supervision by the synagogue entrance on Sunday mornings and NO child(ren) may be dropped off there.
In the event of an emergency, we will make every effort to contact the parent/guardian. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, we will contact the emergency name listed on the Registration Form. In an extreme emergency, an ambulance will be called to take a student to a hospital emergency room. Please advise the Religious School office in writing of a change to the Emergency Information.
Some of our students have very serious life-threatening allergies. We want to make sure Temple Oheb Shalom is a safe and comfortable environment for all students. We would like to remind you that NO food of any kind should be sent to school. We are in constant communication with parents regarding all snacks and food served during Religious School.
At all times, students must be aware that they are involved in education in a religious setting. Kavod (respect/honor) is what makes our school special. Respect for the Rabbis, teachers, other students, and for property is expected. Self-respect is the key to honoring others and receiving honor from others.
Respect for the Religious School and Worship should be reflected in your child(ren)’s dress. Appropriate dress enhances the learning atmosphere and creates a positive environment for the students and the faculty. Those students with statements about drugs/alcohol or inappropriate symbols or words on their clothing will be asked to cover up or change his or her clothes.
We consider communication between the school, the parents/guardians, and the students to be a high priority. Please feel welcome to approach faculty or staff to share your ideas, input, and feedback. We are working WITH you to provide the most welcoming environment for your child(ren).
Zero Tolerance Policy
No person shall possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance (drugs), alcohol, or weapon of any kind on Temple property. Weapons include, but are not limited to firearms, guns, ammunition, knives, any type of blades, or any explosive materials. Violations will result in immediate expulsion.
Cellphone and Electronics Policy
At Temple Oheb Shalom Religious School, we strive to build a Kehila Kedosha (holy community) that is safe, respectful, and conducive to learning. Technology that is not being used for educational purposes disrupts the learning process and is disrespectful to our teachers and our learners. Therefore, we ask that parents, students and staff adhere to the following policies relating to use of cellphones and electronics during religious school hours:
- We understand that families may wish to send their child(ren) to religious school with a cellphone in order to communicate about after school playdates, sports or special activities. Cellphones and other electronics that are brought to school must remain turned off and stored in students' backpacks until the conclusion of religious school. Parents who need to contact their children during religious school hours should call the Temple office at 410-358-0105. Our receptionist answers this line during the hours of 8:30AM-12:30PM on Sunday mornings and will ensure that important messages are relayed. If a student does not respect this policy and is found using his/her cellphone during class or t'filah, his/her device will be confiscated and returned at the conclusion of religious school.
- On occasion, teachers may use their discretion to allow cellphone use for educational purposes. Teachers will closely monitor such use to ensure that it remains appropriate and relevant to the classroom activity. Students who abuse this privilege and use their cellphones for non-educational purposes will have their devices confiscated and will jeopardize ability of the class to engage in such activities in the future.
- There is generally no need for teachers to be on their cellphones during class. All teachers have access to walkie-talkies in the event of a situation in which an administrator must be contacted. On the rare occasion in which a teacher needs the prompt attention of an administrator and cannot locate a walkie- talkie, he/she may use his/her cellphone to seek help.
- Madrichim are expected to adhere to the same guidelines as our students, and must turn off and store their cellphones during religious school hours. Madrichim who do not adhere to these policies will have their devices confiscated and returned at the conclusion of religious school.
- We expect parents who are participating in our Beit Midrash (family learning) programs to model these expectations for our students. If you must be on your phone or take a call during a Beit Midrash program, please step out of the room.
Student Responsibilities and Supplies
Textbooks, workbooks, and login information will be distributed toward the beginning of the year. Replacement of any lost supplies is at the expense of the family. Students should be prepared for school with textbooks, a notebook and pens/pencils at each session unless otherwise instructed by the teacher. Students are responsible for all work covered when they are absent. Parents/guardians may call the school office to request work assignments for their child(ren). Students should call the teacher or a classmate to find out what was covered during the class(es) they missed, as well as any homework assignment(s).
Your child is assessed by his/her teachers in a class through class participation, class work, homework, and behavior. Student evaluations are based on these criteria and are e-mailed to parents by the Religious School staff. If at any time you would like to meet to discuss your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact his/her classroom teacher(s) directly.
Please share any information pertaining to your child’s learning capabilities and emotional/psychological development. It is important for the Religious School and your child’s teacher to be informed so that we may provide each student with a quality Jewish education in a safe environment. Please share any effective behavior management and/or learning techniques and events in your child’s life that may impact on his/her learning and behavior with our staff so we may better serve each child. We must know if your child is taking medication and the name and possible side effects of such medication. This information is only used by the Director of Youth Engagement and Religious School Director and the student’s teacher(s). Please provide all information in writing.