Saint Mel School

  • VIRTUS Training for Volunteers
     
    Maximizing a church's role as a child-safe environment begins with making adults more aware of the ways children and adults interact with each other.  The Protecting God's Children program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, parish volunteers and ministers, as well as our school parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse.
     
    All VIRTUS training programs, including PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN and KEEPING THE PROMISE ALIVE, are comprehensive and multi-dimensional - incorporating proven best practice standards for the prevention of child sexual abuse by clergy, staff, volunteers, and others who interact with children within the church environment.  The training programs incorporate instructor-led training, train-the-facilitator education, awareness videos, and ongoing web-based training through online training bulletins and training modules via the VIRTUS online system. 
     
    CURRENTLY, IF YOU ARE AN ADULT OVER THE AGE OF 18 AND ARE INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER IN ANY PARISH/SCHOOL EVENT, OR ANY PARISH LITURGICAL MINISTRY, YOU MUST BE VIRTUS TRAINED.  THIS REQUIREMENT ALSO APPLIES TO THOSE IN ANY SPIRITUAL/SERVICE/SOCIAL PARISH MINISTRY WHERE ADULTS ARE AROUND MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, OR ARE MINISTERING TO VULNERABLE ADULTS.  ALL VIRTUS TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO A PERSON PARTICIPATING IN THEIR PARISH MINISTRY OR SERVICE.
     
    ***A SPECIAL NOTE FOR SCHOOL PARENTS:  Mandatory for the school year:  Any adult acting in a volunteer position in the Archdiocese and in St. Mel School or Parish must be trained in the Virtus/Protecting God's Children Training program.   This was detailed in the Parent and Financial Agreement in the Registration packet.   No St. Mel Parish preschool or elementary school parent will be able to volunteer at any school events or parties if he or she has not fulfilled this commitment.   
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Pat Andre via email, or call the Parish Center at 818-340-6020 ext. 1044 
     
    To search for a class, visit www.virtusonline.orgBe sure to look for classes in both San Fernando AND Santa Barbara County.  Both offer classes nearby. 
  • 3 Hour Initial Certification  Class - Protecting God's Children

    Tuesday, July 18

    6 pm - 9 pm

    Auditorium

     

    Saturday, September 16th

    8 am - 11 am

    Parish Center Room 200

     

    Saturday, September 23rd

    8 am -11 am

    Parish Center Room 200
     
    If you have never taken the initial Virtus Certification Class, or if it has been over 4 years since your last initial or re-certification class, then the three hour Protecting God's Children for Adults is the class for you.  

     

    1.5 Hour Re-Certification Class - Keeping the Promis Alive

    Monday, July 17

    7 pm - 8:30 pm

    Auditorium

     

    Monday, September 18th

    7 pm - 8:30 pm

    Parish Center Room 200

     

    Monday, September 25th

    7 pm - 8:30 pm

    Parish Center Room 200

     

    A recertification session is ONLY for those persons who have already attended the initial Virtus training, “Protecting God’s Children. Virtus certification is valid for four years. If your Virtus certification is more than 90 days past the four year expiration date, the three hour class must be repeated.

     

    Recertification can be also be accomplished through:  completing 48 online bulletins over the last four years (you must also contact the archdiocesan office of Safeguarding the Children regarding certificate); OR attending a three hour Protecting God’s Children session.

  • Please be on time. We regret that we can not admit anyone who arrives 15 minutes after the published start time. 
     
     If you would like to reserve a space in any of these classes please email Pat Andre or call the Parish at 818-340-6020, ext. 1044 with your name, email and phone number. 
     
    **Due to the nature of the content shared during these classes, no children under the age of 18 are permitted to attend (this includes infants).  Please arrange for childcare**
     
     (Virtus certification is valid for 4 years)
     
     
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