October 25, 2016
Child Protection Policy and Information

Child Protection Policy

 ANYONE  who coaches, volunteers or any person who regularly 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 are:  1) that you attend a "VIRTUS"  Protecting God's Children Workshop and 2) that you have a background check through your VIRTUS account. (see instructions below).

ALSO, as of July 1, 2014 anyone who has been approved through VIRTUS, and approved with BCI Fingerprints ONLY and have not completed the background check  PLEASE call the parish office to see when they expire. Fingerprints for Volunteers are no longer required, BUT when they become 5 years old, or by December 31, 2018 EVERYONE will need to do the background check to keep your APPROVAL STATUS. This is a one time requirement. You can complete this background check by going to your VIRTUS account (, log in, go to the Toolbox tab, then to the background check.  This will cost $25.00, but 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.  You can call the parish office to confirm your status and fingerprint date.


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. 

Also, if you have NOT completed the background check through your VIRTUS account ($25 cost) and you were previously approved with BCI fingerprints ONLY and they are more than 5 years old you will be made inactive. You can call the Parish Office to check your account for compliance. can be found by going into your VIRTUS account, click on the Toolbox tab and then background check on the left side of the screen.

Individuals who have been inactive for a period exceeding 18 months will be required to obtain re-training through a VIRTUS® Workshop.

Questions regarding the "VIRTUS" Class please call Theresa Hayes, DRE at 741-5335 or click on the chart below which may help answer some questions.

Requirement Chart

 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 are:    Wednesday, November 16. St. James will not be having workshops in December and January. The workshop starts promptly at 6 pm in the Marian Room. See the above PreRegistration link to register for St. James workshops  or to register for other locations and times.