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St. John the Baptist
Catholic School
12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20904 | 301-622-3076


Child Protection Certification for Volunteers


To volunteer in Catholic schools, adults must be certified in the Archdiocese of Washington Child-Protection Program.  

  1. This begins with registration on Virtus.
  2. The volunteer schedules and attends a child-safety training session -- Protecting God's Children for Adults -- and makes sure that the child protection compliance book is signed at the training session.  To find a list of upcoming sessions, go to this website.
  3. The volunteer makes an appointment for a background check with Parish Child Protection Compliance Coordinator, Martha Kerley, 301-622-1122,
  4. The volunteer makes sure to bring the following items to the appointment for the background check:
  • certificate received at child-protection training
  • signed acknowledgment form from the ADW child-protection policy booklet
  • completed volunteer application form
  • two valid government identification documents


 Volunteer Application Checklist

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Lunch-Recess Duty  

SJB requires each family to volunteer for lunch-recess duty (12:00-12:40 PM) five times a year. Parents who pay a $150 “opt out” fee by Sept. 7 are excluded from the lunch-duty requirement.  

Parents who participate in lunch duty service should sign up for their duty dates in advance by going to our SignUp page.  Parents should try to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early on the days that they serve so that they have a chance to review the lunch and recess rules. Parents should confirm their attendance by signing their initials next to their names on the sign-up sheet outside the school office.  At the end of the school year, a $40 fee will be charged for each unfulfilled duty day.  

This service enables our resource and teaching teams to hold Student of Concern Intervention Plan (SCIP) meetings during the school day. In SCIP meetings, resource leaders and teachers meet to develop intervention plans to help students academically, behaviorally, emotionally, socially. In follow-up meetings, they monitor the effect of the interventions against measurable goals identified in the plan and make decisions about staying on the same course or trying something different.

How to Manage a Classroom

We ask parents to do their best to enforce our school rules on student behavior at lunch and recess.

Student Expectations

Kindergarten-4th Grade Lunch 12:00-12:20/Recess 12:20-12:40

Students eat at their assigned table or desk from 12:00 noon until 12:20 PM.  They may not trade food or drinks. 

  • 12:15 PM – 12:20 PM -- students are to finish eating and clean up quietly.  Liquids not consumed are poured into the commodes rather than the water fountain or sink. 

  • With permission, students may get out of their seats, one at a time, to throw away trash and/or put away their lunch bags. 

  • Students may use the restrooms with the permission of the lunch supervisor. 

  • After cleaning up, students will remain in their seats until the 12:20 PM bell. When the bell rings, students may be dismissed by rows for recess.

5th-8th Grades - Recess 12:00-12:20/Lunch 12:20-12:40
  • They may not trade food or drinks. 
  • Students are to be seated during lunch, and the teacher or supervisor will decide if students may move their seats.
  • Students may not form groups that leave one student sitting alone.
  • Students may use the restroom with permission (no more than 2 at a time).
  • Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. 

Recess Expectations 

Indoor Recess  -- Students in Grades 3-8 will have access to the gym.  Starting with the first indoor recess, students in Grades 5-8 will alternate gym use (first rainy day: 7-8; next rainy day: 5-6) so only two grades occupy the gym at a time. 

  • Only volleyball or basketball may be played. 

  • Grade 3 – side of gym nearest the windows 

  • Grade 4 – side of gym nearest the stage 

  • Grades K-2 remain in their homerooms. 

  • Eighth graders assist the lunch supervisor in Grades K-2.

Outdoor Recess 

  • Students are expected to respect and obey the playground supervisors. 
  • In case of an injury, the student will report to the playground supervisor who has the First Aid Kit.  The supervisor will decide if the student needs to go to the office. 
  • Rough games such as tackle football or keep away are not permitted. 
  • Students must return playground equipment to their homeroom. 
  • Students must respond promptly to the bells to return to their classrooms. 
  • Except in an emergency, students must ask the playground supervisor for permission to go inside.
  • Students line up and wait their turn for the swings.  If necessary, after two minutes, the playground aide will signal that time is up so another student may take a turn on the swings.  Students may get into line for another turn on the swings. 
  • No twisting the swings or throwing the swings over the bars. 
  • Students in grades K-4 use the main hall bathrooms. 
  • Students using foul language are sent to the office. 
  • No food or drink during recess.
  • No lifting, carrying, jumping on another person.
  • No hitting, tripping, kicking, pushing, pulling, grabbing, throwing at, kicking at, swinging at another person.
  • The slide is for sliding only. 
  • Students are permitted on the field, playground and blacktop, within the established boundaries.
  • If the PE teacher has set up PE equipment on the field is off limits during the recess time. 
  • Students who violate playground rules will be directed to sit out of recess for a period of time. If a student does not follow the directions of the playground supervisor, the student will be sent to see the principal.  

Permission for Event at SJB 

If you would like to have an event at SJB, this form must be completed and submitted to the SJB Parish Office... and to the school principal if the event is school-related.

Event Request Form

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