In order to volunteer in activities where adults may be alone with children, parents need to be compliant with the Diocese's "Protecting God's Children" (Safe Environment) program requirements (also known as VIRTUS). The process includes an online background check as well as attendance at a "Protecting God's Children for Adults" training session through St. Louis parish or a neighboring parish.
The school office will maintain a list of compliant parents. If you are not on the list, you will not be able to volunteer in your child's classroom. To be compliant, all individuals must attend the training seminar and complete and have their background check cleared before beginning employment or volunteer work.
BACKGROUND CHECK & TRAINING SESSION (updated process July 2019)
As of July 2019, the Office of Child Protection will no longer accept paper forms for background checks. Employees and volunteers must now submit their background check information electronically through The Office of Child Protection and Victim Assistance. Training session dates, times and location may be found at VIRTUSOnline.
For assistance with or questions regarding the application process, please contact Mrs. Ruth Cody, [email protected].