Guidelines for children attending catechism classes

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Amid increasing concerns about the spread of Covid-19 in Malta, the Society of Christian Doctrine (MUSEUM) has issued guidelines concerning the catechism classes for children led by its members.

The guidelines, which have been issued following a consultation process with the health authorities, apply for boys who attend catechism classes between the age of 11 and over.

A spokesperson to the Society of Christian Doctrine explained to will be revised according to developments realted to the pandemic and in the meantime they will keep constant contact with the health authorities.

The guidelines, which have already been communicated to the parents, are as follows:

  • The decision to attend classes rests with the child’s parents or legal guardians. In cases of children who would be considered vulnerable, the parents or legal guardians should discuss their child’s attendance with their doctor.
  • Transport to and from the MUSEUM premises should be the responsibility of the parents or legal guardians.
  • Children should not attend classes if they feel ill, if their body temperature exceeds 37.3°C or if any member of their family show symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Children should avoid carrying unnecessary items, and any items that do not fit in their pockets should be kept in a clearly recognisable bag.
  • The premises should be accessed from the places indicated by the superior.
  • Temperatures must be checked before entry, and children are to use a hand sanitiser as they enter the premises.
  • Children are to arrive at the stated time so that they may enter the premises in an orderly fashion.
  • Attendance will be kept, to be used for contact tracing where necessary.
  • Wherever possible, meetings and other activities are to be held outdoors.
  • A time for games and recreation will be scheduled.
  • The premises should be cleaned regularly, as are any objects used within.
  • The use of face masks/visors is not required, though superiors may advise to the contrary should it be deemed necessary.
  • When excursions are organised for aspirants and elects, face masks and visors are to be used should transport be organised.
  • Children returning from overseas travel should wait for two weeks before resuming classes.
  • Parents are asked not to enter the premises: all communication should be held by other means, including telephones and email.