Safe Environment VIRTUS Program
At Rochester Catholic Schools we recognize that our children are our most precious resource so we take extraordinary measures to keep them safe!
The Diocese of Winona-Rochester has taken extraordinary measures to ensure that all of the schools, parishes and programs administered in the Diocese adhere to child protection policies. It is absolutely essential that those entrusted to our care are safe. Since 2002, over 30,000 thorough criminal background checks and screenings have been run on clergy, employees and volunteers that work with children in the Diocese. Each year, every priest and deacon, as well as thousands of lay employees and volunteers are trained through VIRTUS Safe Environment, a nationally recognized program aimed to educate adults how to recognize and prevent abuse.
Register for a VIRTUS Session
You can register for a VIRTUS training by clicking here. In light of the current health conditions, an online option is now available in addition to the in-person training (information on registering for online training is available here).Volunteers must successfully complete a criminal background check. This process will be explained to you at the VIRTUS training. Volunteers will not be permitted to work in the school without completing these requirements.