To Become A Volunteer Approved Parent: The following steps must be taken and forms submitted to the StJPII office prior to volunteering:
1. Attend Virtus training according to Archdiocesan policy and provide StJPII with a Virtus Confirmed Attendance Certificate (available 2 - 4 weeks after attendance). Register for classes via VirtusOnline.org.
2. Complete Authorization Form for Background Check
3. Complete a Signed Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Volunteer Code of Conduct
It will take two to four weeks for verification after all three forms are turned into the StJPII office.
Volunteers then must have a picture taken on the first Friday of the month, before Mass, so the school can create a photo ID badge.
Click on the link below to print the forms. The Virtus form will give instructions on how to register for a VIRTUS session. Remember your “Name” and “Password” to print your certificate two to four weeks after you attend the class. Submit this certificate with the Authorization Form and the Volunteer Code of Conduct to the St. John Paul II office after completing your class.
Class 1: PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN (PGC) for Adults is the primary workshop on child abuse. This workshop focuses on the harm of child sexual abuse, the warning signs of child sexual abuse, what each person must do to prevent it, and the policies of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for reporting it.
Class 2: KEEPING THE PROMISE ALIVE (KPA) is a mandatory refresher course that went into effect in 2012. Volunteers that have taken the VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children program more than 5 years ago are required to attend. KPA is designed to identify and reinforce the lessons of the original Protecting God’s Children program by clarifying some of the more challenging aspects of the sessions and strengthening the participants’ ability to recognize risky adults in their environments and take action to intervene in potentially threatening situations. You can go to your Virtus account to check the date you took the first class.
Class 3: PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN ONLINE AWARENESS REFRESHER 3.0 (PGC 3.0) is a mandatory refresher course that went into effect in 2016. This course is online and takes about 60-75 minutes. You will have 3 months to take the course after your KPA anniversary date. If you do not take the course in that time period you will need to start the VIRTUS training over starting with the 3 hour PGC class. After accessing your Virtus account you must update your account to continue. Then you will get a screen that tells you can start the Online Training. Click the button to sign your background, then click on the Online Training Session 3.0. You must also submit a Background Authorization form (below) to StJPII after completing this class