When, due to a diminishing population1, a religious education program finds it difficult to maintain a traditional schooling model program the following must be observed: The program must be combined with a neighboring parish religious education program2 or an alternative model3 must be initiated in the parish. If the program is to be transferred to another parish, policies 421-423 must be followed.
1. Policy 420.00 is activated when the following standard is not met: there must be six (6) or more students in at least nine (9) of the grades to continue using the school model program in the parish. This standard is applied to students in grades 1 through 11 only.
2. If it is not possible to merge with a neighboring religious education program because of prohibitive distance or geographical obstacle, an alternative model must be used in the parish.
3. Homeschooling is not an appropriate alternative model.
(Amended by Bishop Lawrence T. Persico, August 8, 2014.)