Safe Environment Page
Welcome to the Saint Mark Parish and School Volunteer page!
Thank you for your interest in helping at our parish.
Archdiocesan policy requires that all adults (school/parish staff, parish/school volunteers, coaches) having access to or regular contact with minors comply with all Safe Environment requirements, including background clearances, training, etc, before helping. This page was created to assist you, by providing the links, forms, and information, making it easier for you to follow and access from home. You can also request a physical volunteer packet by contacting the Safe Environment office.
Information for Volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers for all you do to support our Parish and School! The following information provides the Safe Environment guidelines which reflect the changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services laws which came into effect in 2015.
Take a few minutes to select the type of volunteer you would like to be, under the “Required Forms and Training” section below. Then request the required forms and register for the needed training(s) listed in that section. Once completed, please return the information/results to the safe environment office for you to continue your ministry to children of our parish/school.
Upcoming Classes for Volunteers
As per the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, beginning in July 2021, they will offer Protecting God’s Children as a live online training session facilitated by OCYP staff. Participants will be able to register at www.virtusonline.org and will then receive instructions to log in. Sessions are limited to 20 participants and will be offered at different times of the day. Participants will not be permitted to join without pre-registration and must keep their cameras on throughout the session.
For your convenience, the next Live Online Sessions will be held on:
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 9:30 AM
Monday, October 2, 2023 @ 2:00 PM
Thursday, October 19, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
This session will be conducted in English.
Notes: This training is 2 1/2 hours long and will be conducted via a ZOOM meeting. Please make sure you download the ZOOM software or application to your device before the session. You will receive an email with a link to the session at least two days prior from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check your spam/trash folder if you do not receive the email. Please log in to the session at least 15 minutes before the start of training to check in and to ensure that any issues can be resolved. Late arrivals will not be admitted. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted in the session. Due to the sensitive nature of the material being discussed, please do not have any minors present with you during the session. You will need to remain visible (video-enabled), engaged, and actively participating during the entire session to receive credit for attending.
Register early because they fill up quickly.
At registration, you must provide a valid email for us to send the Zoom invitation and you may need to download the ZOOM software or application to your device. We recommend that you use a desktop, laptop, or tablet for the best training experience. If you have any questions about this training, you can contact the Office of Child and Youth Protection at 215-587-2466.
St. Martin of Tours Parish (New Hope)
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 @6:00 PM
Space is limited to 30
Note: The training will be held on the 1st floor of the Parish Center.
St. Andrew School (Newtown)
51 Wrights Road, Newtown, PA 18940
Thursday, October 12, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Note: The training will take place in St. Andrew CEC in the Marian Room.
Queen of the Universe Parish (Levittown)
Thursday, October 19, 2023 @ 6:00 PM
Note: The training is located on the 2nd floor of the Parish Center.
Estimated length of sessions: 2 hrs 30 min
Due to the sensitive nature of the material being discussed, no one under the age of 18 will be permitted to attend the sessions. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and receive the training materials. Regardless of registration, no late arrivals will be admitted. If you need to change your session registration, please visit www.virtusonline.org and log in using the user id and password you selected during your initial registration and select another session.
Our next in-person session- TBA @ 6:30 PM in the Saint Mark School Gym- 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol PA 19007.
If you are helping or plan to help out this year, or at any time in the future, as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Usher, CCD/PREP Teacher/Aide, CYO Coach/helper, parish volunteer, or at the school in the lunchroom or classroom, and will have regular contact with children (at least one time per week), This one-time training is an Archdiocesan requirement.
This session is FREE, but pre-registration on www.virtusonline.org is required.
Don’t miss this opportunity, not many sessions are offered in this area. Register online or by calling our Safe Environment office @ 215-788-7266 asap.
This session is open to everyone, so if you know anyone outside our parish who needs this training, let them know.
Required Forms and Training
Please FORWARD THE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES/RESULTS to St. Mark Parish Safe Environment Office upon completion. Email to email@example.com or mail to St. Mark Parish Office, 1024 Radcliffe Street, 19007 Bristol PA.
Volunteers who reside in Pennsylvania DO NOT have a provisional period and MUST OBTAIN clearances before beginning service.
Volunteers who reside in another state or country may serve for no more than 30 days as long as they provide clearances from their state or country of residence.
For additional information, please visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Child and Youth Protection website or call Juanita B. Diamond, our Safe Environment Coordinator at (215) 788-7266 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Important: No Employee or volunteer should begin to work with children without the PA State Police Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Clearance, signed Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement, and Disclosure for Provisional Employment or Volunteer Disclosure Forms.
Employees – If they are a new hire and live out of state, the Pastor may permit them to work with children during a provisional period (90 days) if they can show proof that background check requests have been submitted, as long as they provide clearances from their state or country of residence. Their work with children must also be supervised during this period.
Volunteers – If they have not lived in PA for 10 continuous years, they will have a 30-day provisional period to provide clearances.
Those who do not comply will be moved to “inactive status” and are not to be permitted to work with children until all requirements have been met.