Policies

Policies and Procedures of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and Preschool, Marietta, Georgia

Safe Church Practices

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and The Diocese of Atlanta take the subject of safe church practices very seriously.  We have been using the “Safeguarding God’s Children” curriculum since 2005 and implemented our own parish-specific policies, titled “St. Catherine’s Church and Preschool: Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse,” in September 2011.  Those who regularly work with children and youth are required to take Safeguarding God’s Children training and renew the training every 3 years.  Similarly, those who regularly work with adults in a pastoral relationship are required to take Safeguarding God’s People training and renew the training every 3 years.  If you have any questions regarding the subject of Safe Church Practices or would like to attend a training, please contact the Church Office.

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church and Preschool Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth (click to download)

Firearms Policy

Firearms will not be permitted in buildings or on property of Episcopal churches in middle and north Georgia, by order of Diocese of Atlanta Bishop Rob Wright. “Georgia law permits and enforces this policy, and it shall remain in effect in this diocese,” Wright said. “My judgment and this policy are based on the normative understanding of the teachings of Jesus as The Episcopal Church has received them,” Wright said. “I hope this policy afford us yet another opportunity to live the words we pray each week.”

Please see the Charge and Pastoral Directive dated April 28, 2014 at
https://www.episcopalatlanta.org/Customer-Content/www/CMS/files/DioATL_nogunsletter.pdf

Wireless/Internet Acceptable Use Policy

All persons who use any of the forms of access to the Internet via the church or preschool’s facilities must conform to this Acceptable Use Policy:

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (St. Catherine’s) is committed to maintaining a quality network environment. As a consequence certain uses of the network are restricted by the following acceptable use policy.
The networks St. Catherine’s facilities may not be used for any of the following at any time.
1) Any activities in which violate local, state, or federal statutes are prohibited.
2) Cracking or hacking activities.  Example: Attempting to circumvent user authentication or security of any host, network, or account on St. Catherine’s networks and systems or the Internet at large is strictly forbidden.
3) Denial of service attacks. Use of St. Catherine’s systems or networks (willfully or negligently) in a manner that encumbers disk space, processors, bandwidth, or other system resources so as to interfere with others’ normal use of services on St. Catherine’s or any other systems or networks is prohibited. Attempting to knock a server off-line, slow down our connection, or knock any other user offline is prohibited.
4) Use of network port scanners to scan local or remote networks without the express written consent of that networks’ administrator is prohibited.
5) Dissemination of spam and/or viruses, whether knowingly or as the result of a worm or virus on your computer, is prohibited. Attempting to send any virus or malicious material including any type of “Out of Band” packet to any other Internet user is prohibited.
6) Spamming is prohibited. Example: Sending unsolicited mass mailings of any nature, including those with an “opt-out option” for continuation. The opt-out option is inviting those who do not wish to receive more email to reply to you.
7) Mail-bombing is prohibited. Example: Sending a large number of email messages, or singularly large email messages, to a single address in order to flood someone’s mailbox.
8) Forging any email header to obscure the originator of the message.
9) Creating or participating in pyramid schemes or chain letters.
10) Sending any type of harassing email or posting harassing messages in social forums, either by language, size, or frequency. This includes sending email or instant messages to any person who has asked explicitly that you do not.
11) The posting, downloading, or viewing of pornographic or otherwise indecent or offending materials.  St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church is the sole arbiter of what constitutes “indecent” or “offending.”
12) Unauthorized use of copyrighted or trademarked logos, phrases or names by Internet, Web, or Domain Hosting customers.
13) Distribution of any software or materials in violation of any copyrights or distribution licenses. (Mp3’s/Warez/etc.) Example: Acting as a Kazaa file server.
14) Posting slanderous or defamatory materials or articles.
15) Distribution of any material which violates local, state, or federal statutes.
16) No computer on the network may act as a server of any kind without prior written consent from St. Catherine’s.
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church reserves the right to restrict or terminate service in the event of an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) violation. St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church also reserves the right to take action on abuse which is not specifically named in this AUP at the sole discretion of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. Use of the St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church’s systems and network constitutes understanding and agreement of this policy. Any and all legal expenses incurred by St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church resulting from failure to follow AUP guidelines will be borne by the person responsible for the infraction.

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