Safe Environment

Educating Children on  Personal Safety


Fostering a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment is a core value of our school’s mission. Simply stated, a school must be safe for teachers , staff and students alike.  Everyone  needs and deserves to feel respected and free from physical harm, intimidation, harassment and bullying.


The Safe Environment Program for the Diocese of St. Augustine has been in place in one form or another since 1998. All elements of our diocesan program are required by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, and the essential norms deriving from the Charter. [1]


Regarding the education of children entrusted to our care, the diocesan Safe Environment Program has identified and approved two programs designed to assist parents and teachers in the task of educating our youth on the topic of personal safety. The approved programs are: The Touching Safety Program and the alternative Children and Youth Personal Safety Program.

We provide the Children and Youth Personal Safety Program , developed by the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA as part of that diocese’s Formation in Christian Chastity Program. This program is widely used by Catholic dioceses throughout the United States The goal of the program is to teach adolescents about their own role in maintaining personal safety. The program is taught by  freshman and junior Religion Teachers in the fall of each academic year.

As technology becomes more and more prevalent in the lives of young people, the USCCB has developed a website that addresses social media and digital citizenship. Click HERE to learn more.


To learn more about the Diocese of St. Augustine’s policy click HERE to visit the Safe Environment Program Page.