In the ongoing attention and concern we have for the children in our care, the Diocese of Cleveland has issued the following guidelines for all volunteers who work with minors.
- BACKGROUND CHECK/FINGERPRINTING: All volunteers must be cleared through a background check and fingerprinting process. Please contact the parish office (330-725-4968) for details on this procedure, which is changing as of August 2017.
- VIRTUS TRAINING CERTIFICATION: To register for a class, go to www.virtus.org and click on “First-Time Registrant” in the left column to begin the registration process. Select “Cleveland, OH (Diocese)” as your organization. Create a username and password. Click “Continue” to fill in the remaining information. List “St. Francis Xavier, Medina” as your primary location. This is also the process of setting up your online account.
- ONLINE TRAINING BULLETINS: After you attend Virtus training, you will receive periodic email training updates. These brief articles are followed by one question with multiple choice answers, to verify that the content was understood. A record of your ongoing progress will be kept for diocesan records. All VIRTUS-trained personnel should be current with the online training bulletins.
- IN-SERVICE VIDEOS *REQUIREMENT FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS, CURRENT AND NEW*
The videos provide updates and reminders as to the Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse and the Standards of Conduct for Ministry. In June 2016, Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon promulgated revised editions to these documents. TWO REQUIRED DOCUMENTS are to be read and signed after the In-Service videos are viewed.
Please return both documents to Melissa at the parish office.
Thank you for your willingness to give of your time for the benefit of our young people.
I really appreciate your understanding and follow through with these matters.