What if there isn't a program in our area?
IN STATES THAT HAVE A RELEASED-TIME LAW
Contact BRT to let us know of your desire to start this program. Then, gather as much information as you can about the state’s Released-Time statute, what classes, if any, are already being conducted, and how a Released-Time program may address state educational objectives (i.e.: self-esteem, values education). Determine who will make the decision whether to allow a program and make an appointment to see that person. If this is not a personal contact of yours, BRT will make the connection for you, and/or will attend the meeting with you. If the principal refers you to the School Board, you would be wise to meet individually with each member before presenting the concept at a School Board meeting. With a carefully created approach and with statutory recognition, you should expect success in gaining approval for the program.
IN STATES THAT DO NOT HAVE A RELEASED-TIME LAW
Contact BRT to let us know of your desire to start this program. Many states do not have specific laws regarding Released-Time; however, this does not necessarily prohibit it. In fact, it may allow a wider range of Released-Time programs. A Released-Time program in these states would fall subject to the federal guideposts presented in McCollum v. Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203 (1948), People of Illinois ex. rel and Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306 (1952).
1. Pray and ask God to give you the school for BRT. If you have contacts within a school district, that is a great place to start.
2. Another approach is to pray that God will provide a church that is across from a school, as students could then walk to Released-Time classes.
3. If your desired school is not across from a church, locate and contact the nearest church to seek permission to use their building. In this case, transportation must be strategized.
4. Ask others to pray and consider committing themselves to making BRT a reality.
5. Gather a core of volunteers and a meeting place before approaching the school.
6. Meet with all your volunteers and assign jobs.
7. Plan promotion.
8. After a favorable ruling from the principal and/or School Board, work with the school and your volunteers to schedule the best day and time for BRT.
9. Have a training day for volunteers.
10. Start BRT!