Safe Environment

“As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the Spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of children. As they participate in activities within or sponsored by our Diocese, it is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.”

The Diocese of Dallas has adopted a Safe Environment Program and mandated its implementation in all parishes, schools and Diocesan entities. This program ensures that St. Joseph Parish and School, in compliance with Diocesan guidelines, is providing a healthy and safe environment for our children. All persons interested in volunteering in any way at the school (i.e. room parent, coach, cafeteria helper, field trip chaperone, etc.) must first be screened and cleared through the program. 

New Volunteers

Screening Process:
This process enables us to include you as a participant in the Safe Environment Program. The Screening Form collects certain information used to determine your identity and history.
 
Complete the Screening Form. Be sure to put school volunteer (or coach, etc.) as the ministry you will participate in. If you have been previously screened by another location in the Diocese of Dallas, simply contact the Safety Director where you were screened and request that they add St. Joseph Catholic School to your records. If all information is current, you will then be cleared to volunteer at St. Joseph.
 
The screening form has four parts:
Personal data
Personal reference information (Please provide email addresses)
Permission for us to conduct a personal Criminal Background Check (CBC every 2 yrs)
Policy Acknowledgements
 
 

Training:

The Diocese of Dallas has implemented a new “Foundational” training, named MinistrySafe, for the Safe Environment Program.  All employees and volunteers of St. Joseph Church and School are required to take the MinistrySafe training course this year.  The training is accomplished via the internet.  It consists of nine chapters and will require approximately 90 minutes to complete.  Be aware that you may log out of the training at the end of any chapter, and log back in again selecting the next chapter to continue, so you don’t have to devote an entire 90 minutes at one time.

At the end of the training you will be required to complete a 25-question examination on the material.  Upon completion of the exam, with a score of 70%, or higher, you will be issued a certificate of completion and your record in the Safe Environment database will be updated to reflect your successful completion of your annual retraining.  Since the database will be updated, the Safe Environment officer does not need an image of the certificate.

 

Please follow the instructions below to access the training module.

Go to the MyObligations web page by clicking the following link:   https://dallas.setanet.org/obligations.php
Fill in the First Name field.
Fill in the Last Name field.
Fill in the Street Address field.
Click the Search button.  This will take you to a verification page titled Welcome.
Correct any personal fields, as required, and then click the Update Information and Continue button at the bottom of the page.
This will take you to a page with a section titled: Classes available to take online.
Click on the link:  Standard Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (MinistrySafe) {or Spanish Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (MinistrySafe) for Spanish speakers}
Complete training module.

Personal Interview:
All participants are required to take part in a personal interview process. The interview will be scheduled with the Safe Environment Coordinator on campus. 
 
Completion:
When you have successfully completed all requirements of the Safe Environment Program you will be issued a Volunteer picture ID badge.  All volunteers are required to wear the badge while on the St. Joseph campus. We truly appreciate all who are willing to volunteer, but you may NOT volunteer in any capacity at St. Joseph Catholic School/Parish until all program requirements have been met. It is important to note that once you are initially cleared to volunteer, you must be re-certified at the beginning of each new school year. This is done by simply completing an online renewal class.

Returning Volunteer

All volunteers must renew Safe Environment training each year. This is done by completing an online renewal class.
The Diocese of Dallas has implemented a new “Foundational” training, named MinistrySafe, for the Safe Environment Program.  All employees and volunteers of St. Joseph Church and School are required to take the MinistrySafe training course as their annual retraining this year.  The training is accomplished via the internet.  It consists of nine chapters and will require approximately 90 minutes to complete.  Be aware that you may log out of the training at the end of any chapter, and log back in again selecting the next chapter to continue, so you don’t have to devote an entire 90 minutes at one time.

At the end of the training you will be required to complete a 25-question examination on the material.  Upon completion of the exam, with a score of 70%, or higher, you will be issued a certificate of completion and your record in the Safe Environment database will be updated to reflect your successful completion of your annual retraining.  Since the database will be updated, the Safe Environment officer does not need an image of the certificate.

 

Please follow the instructions below to access the training module.

Go to the MyObligations web page by clicking the following link:   https://dallas.setanet.org/obligations.php

Fill in the First Name field.

Fill in the Last Name field.

Fill in the Street Address field.

Click the Search button.  This will take you to a verification page titled Welcome.

Correct any personal fields, as required, and then click the Update Information and Continue button at the bottom of the page.

This will take you to a page with a section titled: Classes available to take online.

Click on the link:  Standard Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (MinistrySafe) {or Spanish Sexual Abuse Awareness Training (MinistrySafe) for Spanish speakers}

Complete training module.

After training is renewed, returning volunteers must complete and submit a Badge Request Form in order to receive an ID badge for the new school year. (Badge Request Form is at the bottom of this page.) When your form is received, your Safe Environment training status will be verified and your badge will be printed. You may turn the form into the school office, or you may scan and email it to jpouttu@stjosephccschool.net. Please allow 14 days for processing.  IMPORTANT NOTE RE: BADGES:  All volunteers are required to wear their badge to identify themselves while on campus.  It must be visible to staff and students at all times.  Your picture ID badge is confirmation that you have been cleared through the Diocesan Safe Environment program. 
    
                       
If you have any questions regarding Safe Environment requirements, please call Janie Pouttu at 972-234-4679 or email jpouttu@stjosephccschool.net.