September 19, 2016


Criminal Background Checks and VIRTUS Requirements

Virtus Training for VolunteersAs part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with significant contact with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students. Those who will be volunteering in All Saints Catholic School on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check. Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

An additional component of the safe environment program established by the Diocese of Arlington is mandatory training for volunteers on the topic of child abuse prevention. If you have not previously attended Virtus training, you must attend a 4-hour full Virtus training session.

For a list of upcoming training dates, please see the Virtus Online website. All volunteers who have not previously attended Virtus training are asked to register on-line at to receive credit for attending this upcoming session.

NEW***Virtus Update Training – Now Required Every Three Years***
The diocese now requires volunteers who have completed the 4-hour training to conduct updated training every three years. This training will be accessed online beginning June 2018. The Diocese will notify volunteers directly when they are due for a refresher, so it’s important that you contact program coordinator Janet Smith at if your email address changes.