October is Virtus Safe Environment Training Month!
As you are aware, each school year all students in Catholic Elementary and High Schools, Parish Faith Formation/Religion Programs, Confirmation Programs, and Youth Ministries are required to take part in Safe Environment Training, in compliance with the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, also called the Dallas Charter (June 2002 with revisions in 2005, 2011 & 2018). More information about the USCCB requirements, the Charter and the Church’s response to keeping our children and youth safe is available at www.preventionusccb.org.
In the Archdiocese of San Francisco, for the past two years our Safe Environment Program has been provided by Virtus Online (www.virtus.org). This one program provides in-class, age-appropriate lessons for students from kindergarten through their senior year of high school.
It is strongly recommended that the Safe Environment lessons be taught in October, well ahead of the annual January 31st deadline to complete and record training.
The goal in our Archdiocese is to reach 100% compliance with student training, so please also plan on scheduling a make-up date for students who may be absent on the day the lesson is initially taught.
Should you require assistance with, or have questions about, implementing the student portion of the Virtus safe environment program, please contact Karen Guglielmoni, Safe Environment Coordinator for Children, at GuglielmoniK@SFArch.org or 415-614-5578.
Questions regarding adult compliance may be directed to Twyla Powers, Safe Environment Coordinator for Adults, at PowersT@SFArch.org or 415-614-5576.
Thank you for your efforts in keeping our children and youth safe!
Rev. Charles Puthota
Director of Pastoral Ministry
Direct and Fax 415-614-5504 | Main 415-614-5500
Department of Pastoral Ministry (DPM)
One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109
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