• Dallas, Texas
  • Preschool 4 -8th Grade
Director

ADMINISTERED BY SHAVANA LOPEZ

Safe Environment Director

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional and physical well being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by St. Monica Catholic School. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
 
In order to achieve the above, SMS has a Safe Environment Program that implements training, screening, background checks and other procedures that are designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults. Please take the time to follow our process (new or renewing families) BEFORE you volunteer. All employees and volunteers are asked to wear this badge any time you are on the St. Monica campus. The purpose of the badge is to let all adults and children know that you have completed the requirements for the Safe Environment Program this year. Thank you for your cooperation in this very important safety issue. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Shavana Lopez at 214.366.7144 or slopez@stmonicachurch.org.
 
St. Monica Church and School both follow the Diocese of Dallas Safe Environment Program. The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. The process of protecting the vulnerable also serves to provide a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries. Thank you for all that you contribute to the various ministries at St. Monica Church and School.
 
If you are a volunteer at St. Monica Catholic School, you MUST attend training classes at St. Monica annually. 

NEW VOLUNTEERS

  • 1

    SCREENING FORM

    This form helps us understand who you are, what ministry you wish to be involved in and whether you are known to others in our parish.

    Complete the online Safe Environment Screening Form
  • 2

    REFERENCE CHECK

    We will call (3) people who have known you for at least three years and ask a series of questions designed to get an idea of what your friends think of you and your habits. You provide the references on the screening form.

  • 3

    TRAINING (NEW EMPLOYEES / VOLUNTEERS)

    You are required to attend a Year 1 training session that includes a live presentation about risk management within the community and a viewing of the Family of Faith video.

    Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year and will take about 1 ½ hours to complete. The schedules for training classes are shown on the church and school websites and are updated regularly.

  • 4

    PERSONAL INTERVIEW

    The interview (15-20 minutes) is designed to help us understand your views of interacting with children in particular and also gives us a chance to get to know you a little better on an individual level.

    Please schedule your interview as soon as possible. Mrs. Lopez will do her best to accommodate your schedule. The interview is necessary for new volunteers/employees only.

  • 5

    CRIMINAL HISTORY CHECK

    We send your information to a central clearing agency chosen by the Diocese. The central clearing agency returns the information to us and it is kept strictly confidential.

  • 6

    BADGE PHOTO TAKEN

    This photo needs to be taken at the receptionist desk McManus Hall. School Office hours between 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on weekdays (when school is in session).

  • 7

    BADGE DISTRIBUTION

    After taking your class and having your badge photo taken, please allow at least 14 days to process your badge. Pick up your badge at the receptionist desk (located in McManus Hall. Hours: between 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on weekdays (when school is in session).

    Please note that badges are printed AFTER you have met all requirements of the Safe Environment Program.

  • 8

    LOST BADGES

    Contact Mrs. Lopez. Replacement badges $25 charge.

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS

All returning volunteers have completed the New Volunteer process in a previous year. Reference Checks & the Personal Interviews are only conducted in Year 1. Criminal History Re-Check: if you are up to date on your annual training, the re-check will be conducted automatically every two years.

Continuing Training

Training sessions are scheduled throughout the year and will last about 1 hour. The schedules for training classes are shown on the church and school calendar and they are updated regularly.

DISQUALIFYING OFFENSES

No person may serve with minors and vulnerable adults if he or she has ever been convicted of any disqualifying offense, been on probation or received deferred adjudication for any disqualifying offense, or has presently pending any criminal charges for any disqualifying offense until a determination of guilt or innocence is made, including any person who is presently on deferred adjudication. The list of offenses describe categories from the Texas Penal Code.The categories of offenses may be slightly different in other states. In summary,any offense which in the discretion of the Diocese would impact health and safety would be a disqualifying offense Disqualifying offenses are:

  • A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against the Person or Family or involves an offense against the person or family.

    Examples: Offenses against a person include, but are not limited to, murder, assault, sexual assault, and abandoning or endangering a child or vulnerable adult. Offenses against the family include, but are not limited to bigamy, incest, and interference with child custody, enticing a child, and harboring a runaway child.harboring a runaway child.
  • A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against Public Order, Safety, or Decency.

    Examples: Offenses against public order or decency include, but are not limited to prostitution, obscenity, sexual performance by a child, possession or promotion of child pornography, and disorderly conduct.
  • A felony violation of any law intended to control the possession or distribution of any substance included as a controlled substance in the Texas Controlled Substance Act.

  • A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against Property, to the extent that those offenses are related to threats or risk of harm or violence.

    Examples: Offenses against property include Robbery, Burglary of a Habitation, and Arson. Other offenses, such as theft by check, or fraud would not ordinarily be considered Disqualifying Offenses.
  • A felony Computer Crime of online solicitation of a minor.

  • A felony or misdemeanor Offence against Public Health, Safety and Morals, involving illegal possession or use of weapons.

    Examples: Disqualifying Offenses would include unlawful weapons charges, including illegal weapons, bombs and illegal carrying of weapons.
 
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