The Volunteer Program provides opportunities for parents and adult members of the parish community to serve the students in our school. Volunteers are needed in various capacities within the school. Volunteering helps to build a stronger link between the home, school, and parish community.
St. Albert the Great at Assumption Academy requires all volunteers to complete a two-hour VIRTUS class and complete 24 online instructional readings and assignments. Volunteers are also required to have their fingerprints submitted to a background check by the State Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). This is required of all volunteers who work in the school more than four hours each month.
What are the VIRTUS® programs?|
VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.
Who created the VIRTUS programs?
The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. (National Catholic) created the programs. Monsignor Kevin McCoy, past board chairman of National Catholic, asked whether child sexual abuse could be prevented and, if so, how? In March of 1998, National Catholic invited prominent national experts—experts in many disciplines—to discuss these questions at a forum in Washington, D.C. From those discussions, the initiative for the VIRTUS programs was created. The National Catholic Board of Directors selected an Ad Hoc Committee to oversee development of the programs. The Ad Hoc Committee was assisted by a steering committee of nationally known experts and program and service providers.
MORE INFORMATION: WWW.VIRTUS.ORG