April 18, 2014

A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

Criminal Background Checks and VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with significant contact with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school. As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students. Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check. Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

An additional component of the safe environment program established by the Diocese of Arlington is mandatory training for volunteers on the topic of child abuse prevention. If you have not previously attended Virtus training, two 4-hour full Virtus training sessions will be held on the following dates:

  •  Saturday, September 21 - 9:00am – 1:00pm (Father Kelley Hall)
  • Saturday, November 9 - 9:00am – 1:00pm (Father Kelley Hall)

All volunteers who have not previously attended Virtus training are asked to register on-line to receive credit for attending this upcoming session.  (www.virtus.org)

Annual Virtus Update Training
The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the 4-hour training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith at 703.393.2158.)

Thursday, September 19 - 2:15pm – Meeting Room 2

Thursday, September 26 - 2:15pm – Meeting Room 2

Tuesday, October 8 - 7:00pm  - Art Room

Tuesday, October 22 - 7:00pm  - Art Room

Tuesday, November 12 - 7:00pm - Art Room

Tuesday, December 10 -7:00pm  - Art Room

Tuesday, January 14 - 7:00pm  - Art Room

Tuesday, February 11 - 7:00pm  - Art Room

Tuesday, March 11  - 7:00pm - Art Room

Tuesday, April 8  - 7:00pm  - Art Room

Tuesday, May 13  - 7:00pm  - Art Room