In the Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston, volunteers who have frequent, ongoing or recurring contact with students are required to complete the VIRTUS, Protecting God's Children adult workshop. Examples include coaches, tutors, library or classroom assistants, office assistants, and field trip chaperons. Volunteers wanting to serve in these capacities or other identified by the by the school must complete the VIRTUS training program, agree to an Archdiocesan background check, and sign the Archdiocesan Volunteer's Code of Conduct. A database of volunteers who have completed the program is kept by the Archdiocese and in the school office. Our school encourages any parent wishing to become involved in on campus volunteer activities to complete the VIRTUS program. After 5 years of taking the Protecting God's Children workshop, volunteers are required to complete a refresher workshop, Keeping the Promise Alive.
Completing the program requires a commitment of three (3) hours of your time. Workshops are offered on an ongoing basis across the Archdiocese and are open to parishioners from any parish. If you have not already completed the program, we encourage you to do so even before the new school year begins. You can register on the VIRTUS website at www.virtus.org. Once you login and register you will be able to choose the location, day and time that fits your schedule.
If you have already completed the workshop, your help is needed to build our list of approved volunteers in the school community. Please list below any family members (fathers, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, etc...) who have completed the program since it began.
As a community of faith it is our moral responsibility to safeguard children, the most important gifts God has entrusted to us. We thank you in advance for your support and participation in the VIRTUS program.
If no one in the student's family has completed this training, please simply fill in the first section with your name, address and telephone number and leave the remaining portion blank.