June 17, 2021
Child Protection Policy and Information

Current Child Protection Policy- until July, 2021 -(see below for update)

 ANYONE  who coaches, volunteers or any person who has contact in any capacity with the children of St. James needs to meet the following Archdiocese requirements and be approved before you can begin coaching, volunteering, etc.

Requirements for Volunteering are:  1) that you attend a "VIRTUS"  Protecting God's Children Workshop and preregistration is required and 2) that you have a background check ( through your VIRTUS account - cost is $25.00. (see instructions below). This is a one time requirement. You will not have to do it again no matter if you add or change locations, i.e. move or volunteer in a different parish, when a child enters high school etc.  All you would need to do is to add or change your locations in your VIRTUS account. 



IMPORTANT VIRTUS Requirements per the Archdiocese:


Anyone who misses 3 or more bulletins will be made inactive and cannot have further contact with children until they are in compliance.  The bulletins are available on the first Sunday of each month and you CANNOT count on receiving email notices.  PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS.


If you are made inactive you need to contact Karen Kersting, Safe Environment Coordinator, in the Parish Office, to be made active so you can access your account and read your missed bulletins. Please note that you have the first bulletin to read upon completion of the VIRTUS Workshop.  Many people do not realize they are one behind from the start. You can check your account by going to your VIRTUS account, click on the Training tab at the top, then on the right side of that page there is a box that lets you know if you are current or what bulletins you are missing and you can click there to see all your bulletins and find the missing ones to read. 


Individuals who have been inactive for a period exceeding 18 months will be required to obtain re-training through a VIRTUS On-line Module.  Please call the parish office for details.

Questions regarding the "VIRTUS" Class please call Deacon Timothy Crooker at 741-5325 or click on the instructions below which may help answer some questions.


 The "VIRTUS" class schedule with locations and pre-registration instructions can be found below:


VIRTUS Online Registration Instructions

VIRTUS Online PreRegistration Site

St. James the Greater - Protecting God's Children, VIRTUS Class Schedule
        1.  PreRegistration at the VIRTUS site listed above is required
        2.  St. James the Greater staff or parishioners will receive preference for registration
        3.  NO children due to content
        4.  NO late arrivals admitted

Schedule:       Our upcoming Workshops:  Our next workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Each workshop starts promptly at the time noted. See the above Preregistration link to register for St. James workshops  or to register for other locations and times. You must preregister before attending a workshop.

Update from the Archdiocese:  New Platform for Child Protection Training and Compliance Coming!

TO ALL PARISH VOLUNTEERS: NEW CHILD PROTECTION PLATFORM - In July 2021 the archdiocese will be moving to SafeParish as the new platform for Child Protection training and compliance. SafeParish is an organization that specializes in training and education solutions for organizations world-wide. They have 20+ years of experience in providing child safe environment training programs. SafeParish will continue to work with our current background check provider – All training and background information in your current VIRTUS account will be transferred to SafeParish. No new live training through SafeParish will be required if you have completed live child protection training through VIRTUS. Ongoing child protection training will still be required for all volunteers and employees and will consist of quarterly interactive video-based training instead of monthly bulletins. As the archdiocese moves closer to the conversion date, additional information regarding your new SafeParish account will be provided. If you have questions, please contact your parish’s Safe Environment Coordinator.