One of our many goals at St. Agatha Catholic School is to provide our students with the safest environment possible. In 2008 the Archdiocese of Portland implemented their Called to Protect Program. The program was created in partnership with Praesidium, and is used in many Archdioceses across the nation, as well as many private organizations. All staff, clergy, and volunteers working with children must complete this training. This program is also implemented in our health curriculum for kindergarten to eighth grade. In 2019, the Archdiocese implemented Creating a Safe Environment (CASE) as an update to Called to Protect.
There are just a few steps required for someone to volunteer. First, you must request a background check ($15.00 fee) at the school office. You will then recieve an email from Praesidium to complete the background check process. You will be notified if there is a problem. Then you will need to complete the initial training titled “Creating a Safe Environment”. This is a multi-part video training, and may be completed at the school, parish, or a local parish/school in the area. All volunteers must also complete the Archdiocesan Standards of Conduct, which is a one time only online training. Every subsequent year, the Archdiocese requires all volunteers to do an update training online. The updates were created to go more in depth on the information that is in the initial “Creating a Safe Environment” training, as well as to be a refresher course. If you have any questions about the trainings, please contact Christine Pashley (program administrator) at the school office.
If you would like more information on what the Archdiocese has implemented, please go to the following websites:
Creating a Safe Environment Training (Ministries and Parents & Families videos)
See the Storm Report for the training schedule.
All training take place in the school library and last approximately 1.5 hours.
If you are unable to attend any of these training sessions, please see the Storm Report for additional training dates and times for the parish.
Volunteering is very important to the school, the children, and to parents. In order to volunteer in our school, there are a few easy steps, everyone needs to complete:
I completed the initial training last year, what do I need to do now?
The online followup training needs to be completed. See Praesidium Online Training section below.
Last year, the on-line video training was completed, is there anything else I need to update?
The Archdiocesan does require an update online each year. Confirm with the school which section(s) are required.