I’ve had several inquiries in the past about clergy visiting HPISD campuses. But this week I’ve had 3, specifically about local church leaders visiting students at McCulloch for lunch.
The surprising thing about the inquiries this week is that the parents aren’t flipping out about the religion thing, they just wonder how, in 2010, this is even possible. Like these 3 parents, I have no issue with the visits- I even like it- but, well, I don’t even know why it’s shocking, it just is.
So I chatted with principal Laurie Norton and HPISD communications guru Helen Williams- here’s the scoop. Clergy are treated like regular visitors and are required to follow the HPISD written policies for visitors. In addition, they are asked to follow a list of VERBAL rules. And, of course, they get Raptor’d too.
What are the verbal rules? I knew you’d ask. *Note: List below probably isn’t complete and is totally in my own words.
- Can’t run around trying to convert kids or discuss pretty much anything dealing with religion.
- Can’t hand out printed materials. (They’ve booted someone for this before)
- Can’t ask for information from students or ask students to fill out forms etc.
- Can’t invite students to activities, events, church- Nothin’.
- Can only interact with students who are members of their congregation.