Volunteering at St. Paul School

We believe in a vigilant approach to ensure a safe and supportive environment that addresses the mental, social, spiritual and physical needs of all member of our St. Paul School community.
St. Paul School and Parish in coordination with the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, is committed to the protection and safety of all children. This commitment follows the fundamental mission of the Church to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to give authentic witness to the moral teaching of the Scriptures and the tradition of the Church, and to uphold the human dignity of every person. Increased awareness and a willingness to take action are steps for every person to eradicate abuse in our society, in the community, in the neighborhood, and in the family.
“Best Practice” policies have been established to ensure the safety of our children in every parish and school activity. Our Safe Environment Program was designed for the protection of our children. With that in mind, ALL VOLUNTEERS 18 years of age and older (Athletics, Club Sports, Nursery, School, Scouts, Religious Education, Middle School and High School Youth Ministry and all other programs involving children) who have “care, custody or control,” or regular supervised or unsupervised access to children must complete the following procedures prior to the first day of volunteering:
· Complete a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) awareness session offered throughout the Diocese of Columbus. This program helps raise the awareness of adult volunteers for the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse and steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.
   Click here for an overview of the PGC awareness session cirriculum
· Undergo a Civilian Criminal Background/Fingerprint check (BCI&I) completed by our National WebCheck System and if needed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
 · Complete a Volunteer Application Form which includes the signed Code of Conduct. This form is posted online at the school website. 
Through these initiatives, we optimize child safe environments and empower our staff and volunteers with tools to help them protect all our children.
For individuals wanting to learn more about the prevention of child sexual abuse, please refer to www.virtus.org and sign up for their training bulletins and/or view their continuing education articles.

How to Register for a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) Awareness Session


Registration must be completed online at www.virtus.org. Select “Registration” on the green bar, left side of screen. At the drop down menu, select Diocese of Columbus to view a listing current class offerings, times, and locations. If attendance occurs at a location other than St. Paul, a Certificate of Attendance must be obtained by you at the end of the session and forwarded to St. Paul School      before compliance can be recorded in our Parish records.  Please call the school office if you have any questions about registering.
How to Complete a Fingerprinting Background Check
If a volunteer has lived in Ohio for 5 consecutive years, BCI is required. If the volunteer has lived outside of Ohio at any time in the past 5 consecutive years, FBI is required (meaning you will need both BCI and FBI).
There are three (3) options for a fingerprinting/background check:

1.  Fingerprinting background checks, both BCI and FBI, can be completed in the St. Paul School office.  Please call the school office ahead of time to schedule the fingerprinting check. Please note that you need an Ohio Driver’s License.  If you have an out of state driver’s license you will have to go to Fast Fingerprints for the background check.  A donation of $15.o0 for the BCI and $20 .00 for the FBI is greatly appreciated.  The donation for both the BCI and FBI together is $25.00.
2. Go to Fast Fingerprints (614-457-8900). There are three locations in the Columbus area including Hondros College, 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville. You can contact them for their cost. Results will be sent electronically to the Diocese of Columbus and then to St. Paul. The result is typically received in 1-2 weeks.
2. Complete the background/fingerprinting check at the Protecting God’s Children training class you attend, if the mobile unit from Fast Fingerprints is offered.